May 26, 2016 Back Home in Austin to Rest and Repair RV
Without a doubt, Chris does all the hard work of keeping us on the move. With each stop, he hooks up water, electricity and sewage. When we leave, all tanks must be cleaned and drained. He also does all of the driving. My job, securing everything in the coach, does not provide much challenge. However, initially I had quite a few lessons to learn.
On one of our first trips, we turned a sharp corner and flung a large glass bowl out of a cabinet scattering glass fragments far and wide. On two occasions, the single plant we carried (at that time) sailed out of its restriction leaving a large swath of dirt, pebbles, and cacti. Before we learned to travel with the trashcan in the bathroom, we scattered contents all the way to the driver’s seat. Today, a few well-placed bungee cords make a big difference.
When systems fail (as often happens while traveling in a motorhome) Chris goes into problem solving mode. He reads the manual (imagine such extreme behavior), tinkers, adjusts, and begins again. The man shows more fortitude than I ever imagined. At our last stop, he began teaching me how to connect all the wires and hoses. Not skills I had longed to master but not so bad either.
Friends and family warned us that moving one’s house down the road would likely create enormous as well as mini disasters. Challenges have matched or surpassed the dire warnings stipulated. Sensible grandparents would wonder about their crazy idea to “seek adventures”. However, today, as we face numerous hiccups and dings, we remain enthusiastic. Planning promotes excitement. Changing plans encourages flexibility. When the time comes, we will once again be ready to roll!
At the beginning of each day of travel, I say, “God’s hand is on the wheel. God’s eyes are on the road. We are protected and all we meet are safe.” My dear friend, Bob Meyer the Mountain Man, encouraged us to begin each day of travel with this prayer for protection. Thank you, Bob. I remember your words of wisdom every time we pull out on the highway.