Packing Day to go.

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

It's been really busy around here, I tell you.  On Thursday, our across-the-alley neighbors, Chris and Maggie invited us over for dinner.  A fine meal it was, Chris made an outstanding polenta dish.  It was served with fresh fruit and a fine spinach salad.  Lynnie brought freshly baked wholewheat rolls to compliment the meal.  As we finished dining, the doorbell rang. I'll admit I was a bit surprised that folks had "interrupted" our evening. Then more folks arrived.  It seems that Chris had arranged a surprise going -away party for us! Joe and Joleen, Bob Worthy, Mike and Mark, Wendy and Gabe showed up.  We had a GREAT time visiting and sharing various "imbitions".  It's a blessing to live in such a wonderful, loving neighborhood.

Yesterday we began loading Shorty.  You cannot imagine how many different items are needed for a multi-month long journey.  I got the new bike rack figured out, with the able assistance of the aforementioned Mike.  I'll only take one bicycle, since the rack seems more suited to the solo.  The towbar and all is installed.  Sooby has fresh oil and all.  As an aside, I can't really believe what an oil change costs now. apparently the term "liquid gold" is a reality.  End of rant...

Last night we had Joe, Mel and Bonnie Mc up for dinner, in addition to the dogs, Rogue and Cain.  Lynn and I made a delicious beef stew. We made extra, so we'd have some "lefties" for the early stages of our trip.  We played a bit of Yahtzee and enjoyed a most pleasant evening.

Today Lynn got the cupboards cleaned out and most of the groceries loaded.  I must have done something, but now it's all a mystery to me. That's what happens when I get too involved: memory blackout. No negative repercussions were noted, so I think all is well.

We had intended to visit Kodakchrome Basin State Park in Utah on our trip south, but I found out this evening that it's closed until March first... We're disappointed, but will probably return to Snow Canyon State Park, where we stopped last year.  It's in red rock country, so we'll enjoy the sites and lack of sounds there.  There's another park in the area too, so we have back-up if we change our mind.

Tomorrow we'll complete the loading, check the tires and rest. Time passes quickly at this point in the plan.  It's a challenge to live in the moment, but that's what works best for me anyway.

Keep in touch and we will do the same.  I'll be here. Will you?

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Mary C. on

I'm going to try to live in the moment too, Ralphie...and for one hour a day in the basement of St. Mary Church! ;-) I'll miss seeing you....but I'll keep up with your ramblin's here on the 'puter. Have fun and be safe!

jerry guth on

I'll be checking in.
Take a bunch of videos

Don Peterson on

Have a good ride. See you in Cattail Cove on the 18th.

ferd on

gettin' excited, and a bit envious, for you travels!!!!

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