Diversions From A Persistent Problem

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!

Before I saw this sign at the Lake Country Regional Airport, I had never considered fishing on an airport 🙂
Yes I can Fly and YES, I DID!!

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!

Sunny recruits Gary to join the Full Time RVers

Highlights of a Busy Couple of Weeks

In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

6 Replies to “Diversions From A Persistent Problem”

  1. Glad you are keeping busy! Bob is so awesome, taking you for a flight, I am sure it brought back memories. How did it go with the RV tech? We are hoping that things work themselves out before you go. Let us know when you get on the road to Florida.
    Sherry

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      RV tech got here yesterday and started troubleshooting at the bottom of the black tank working his way up. Fixed my tank spray cleaner, checked vent, water pressure, etc. Finally came to the conclusion that Matt (and I) had reached long ago: the check valve (or the pipe around it) is clogged. He plans to return today and replace that valve (I ordered one a couple weeks ago and have been holding on to it until I could find someone to put it in). It will not be an easy job (tight space, no extra pipe to work with and the valve is glued in). I am waiting for him to show up this morning and fingers crossed I will sleep on my new mattress tonight and enjoy an easy flush when I need it 🙂

  2. jim & sandy dukeman says: Reply

    I’m thinking that it might be time for a new “potty” but I am sure you have tried that already. Glad you got a ride with Bob, that was good for both of you. I had one of the entertainers stay with us that week, Jesse Brock, twice mandolin player of the year. His dad taught me to play guitar, quite a young man. If I had known you were in town I would have gotten you an introduction. hang in there kid, you will make it with time to spare. :>)) GOD BLESS
    JD/SD
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Yes, the ride with Bob really helped! Oh My, I wish I had met Jesse. I am sure I probably saw him playing at one of the many jams I watched. I enjoyed the show and learned a lot about what I should be doing to improve my banjo playing. I even went to a seminar teaching people how to sing, but I am not sure there is any hope for me on that score 🙂

  3. Dear Ms Sunny;
    Reading all the comments about your toilet, it seems that YouTube has not been consulted. There are a few short pix from how to replace and upgrade the toilets.
    Some have music as the event takes place. ….
    Have you installed a USB music machine in there ?
    Rudy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I have not yet installed USB music in the toilet area 🙂 Believe me when I say that YouTube and all other aspects of the internet have been consulted, phone calls made, and out of desperation – instruction manuals read. I will report more later this weekend, but the problem is now solved. Hallelujah!!

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