Another year older...and we're loving it yet!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

And so here we are - it's the end of our fourth full year of living and traveling in Pyke's Palace, our cozy home on wheels.  It's the time of year when we try to be sure that auld acquaintances (and not so auld) and good times are not forgotten, and I guess, in some small measure that's what this TravelPod has always been about.   As the statistics below show, it's been a very different kind of year for us...far less traveling, which resulted in a lot less spending, and even some earning, as we spent the summer working at Cedarlane RV Park.

We've been blessed with many new friends, and excited to be back in contact with some old friends, thanks to Facebook.  We mourn the loss of Rose's Cousin Bunny, who we were lucky enough to spend time with in '08; and just this last week, an old friend and business associate of Rose's passed suddenly, reminding us how important it is to enjoy every day and every moment.
We appreciate more than ever the freedom we've had to travel and visit friends and family around North America, as this past year's economic downturn has caused us to limit those travels.  We're thankful to have found summer work that was not far from Mom and Jill and family; and to have this great spot made available to us on our old friend Pat's property for the winter, saving us from the inflated rv park rates here in Florida.  And we're pleased that so many of you still check in on our TravelPod to see what we're up to, even when we've not had much to report. 

Last week, Jill, Rick, Megan and Nathan moved Mom into her new apartment (same residence), and she's doing really great, responding positively to the smaller space and to more staff attention. As reported by some of the administrative staff there at Hillide, Mom is our of her room for much of the day, hanging out with others in the gathering room across the hall, taking part in whatever activities are taking place...setting the table, playing games, etc.  She recognizes her new apartment now for going in and out; and they are getting things more active down in the Memory Lane area, apparently with Mom at the center (and we all know how much Mom loves to be at the center of things!)

Thanks for continuing to travel with us - we'll do it again in 2010!

And for the statisticians among you - here's 2009 BY THE NUMBERS:

'09 MOTORHOME MILES DRIVEN: 5,186 (11,801 last year; 14,046 in '07; and 15, 097 in '06)
'09 AUTOMOBILE MILES DRIVEN: 10,906 (13,356  last year, 14,665 in '07 and 14,000+ in '06)
'09 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL PURCHASED: 596.43 @ $2.226 Avg Price per Gallon
 (Highest Price: $2.799/Gal here in Ridge Manor, FL in Nov.- Lowest: $1.859 in Yuma, AZ in March)
 For the sake of comparison:  1,310Gallons @$3.711/Avg Price/Gal in '08...Highest Price Paid   
            was  $4.919/Gal in Upstate NY in July '08 - Lowest was $1.849 in AZ in December '08!)
AVERAGE MILES PER GALLON:  8.4 (this has steadily, although slightly, improved over 8.3 in '08 and  8.2 of '07 and '06  - must be because Greg and I both lost weight!!)
FUEL COST PER MILE:  $.226 ($.448 in 2008!)

           (24 + 2 Provinces in '08)                               4 Yr Total: 42 States/4 Provinces
'09 # OF PYKESONTHEGO TRAVELPOD ENTRIES: 34 (104 Last Year, 116 in '07, 79 in '06)
'09 NUMBER OF VISITS TO OUR TRAVELPOD SITE:1.671 To Date...Total Visits '06-09: 36,681
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cuz' Evelyn on

I've always enjoyed your Travel adventures and the pictures have been amazing. Enjoy and have a Safe & Happy 2010. Perhaps we will have a chance to see you this year.

RuthAnn and Frank on

Great pics Rose. It is fun to read the travel pod and see the pics.

Claire on

What a pleasure as always.Happy 2010 may you's have a safe & enjoyable New Year.

Sherry - Cottonwood on

Love your updates and statistics. Just love the happiness you two share. Sorry that you lost a friend. (?)

Pat on

Thanks so much for all the updates, fun to keep track of you & have a happy & healthy & safe 2010

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