The specter of traveling with inoperative bathroom facilities continues to burden my soul. My departure date of October 8th will be here in a blink of an eye and I still cannot flush. At one point, Eric believes we have it working. But the situation deteriorates quickly and I find myself back at square one (or in this case one and two).
Determined not to be consumed by this frustrating problem, I accept invitations for diversions while still searching for a solution. I tackle more travel related chores. I wash the RV (again), polish the wheels (finally), get the oil changed and install my new mattress. Weldon helps me install the Jeep lift kit I have been hauling in the back of the Jeep for 4 months. Now climbing up and off the trailer without ramps should be a cinch!
Thanks to Bob for flying Crazy Bird to Clarksville and delighting me with a late afternoon flight over the lake. As always taking the controls of a small plane reminds me of life’s possibilities. I navigate to the farm where my RV is parked and we circle there a bit, then I fly back toward the airport. For some reason that big, freshly paved runway proves a little harder for me to spot. My previously downtrodden spirit soars after that aerial escape from my worries. Thanks, Bob!
Wide Open Blue Grass Festival
Sheila and Weldon ask me to join them over the weekend at the Wide Open Blue Grass Festival in downtown Raleigh. I expand on that by volunteering a few days last week at the IBMA Bluegrass Conference. Of course I meet some nice folks (volunteers and music – what could go wrong?) but my favorite new friend is Gary, the Ramble Bus driver.
Gary’s job Thursday night is to shuttle guests and musicians around the five bluegrass performance venues that make up a citywide concert called the nightly “Ramble.” Not only does Gary exhibit precision driving skills any RV driver might envy, he also enhances each rider’s experience with his warm greetings and helpful assistance.
Gary shares with me his dream to retire soon and travel in an RV of his own. I encourage him to make that move as soon as he can. He will be a welcome new member to the RV community and I hope to meet him and his wife on the road in the near future!