|Fri, 13 Dec: Back on the move again...
Let's see if we remember how to do this stuff. After seven weeks, six of which were aboard a cruise ship, one's skills can get pretty rusty. Sufficient quantities of Bourbon may help the process (or at least reduce the frustration).
As mentioned, we spent six weeks aboard the ms Maasdam round trip Fort Lauderdale to Western Africa and the Med. We had a most enjoyable time but we are also very happy to again be home.
We disembarked a week ago today (06 Dec) and spent the week at Hobe Sound in John Dickerson State Park. We used the time to get Carpe ready for the road. In addition to restocking the fridge & freezer we also had to replace the three house batteries. One of the batteries developed a shorted cell during our absence, and if you have to replace one you must replace all three so they remain "balanced".
That done we bade farewell to our dear friends John and Eileen Frerking yesterday at lunch. A final Costco stop for last minute victualing and we started getting ready to roll wheels. We were up early this morning and went thru our checklists with care as it has been seven plus weeks since we did this. We rolled wheels a few minutes after eight with Sandi at the helm.
North on US 1 to Hobe Sound where we took FL 708 west to FL 76. At Indiantown we threaded our way thru a major bridge construction project to FL 710 west to Okeechobee where we transitioned to US 98. US 98 is a lovely road and we encountered very little traffic to Sebring where we picked up FL 66 for the final run to Zolfo Springs and today's destination; the Escapees Park The Resort.
Today's run was 125 miles which we accomplished in 2¾ hours. Carpe performed flawlessly. Guess the 'ole gal was glad to be back on the road.
We will be here till early next week. We're still undecided as to where we'll head next but we have a whole weekend to make that decision. Meanwhile, we've already run four loads of laundry thru the park's machines and will be getting together with Ken & Joan Tarkin, friends from RoVer's Roost, who are parked two sites away.
Mon, 16 Dec: We had a wonderful four days at the Escapees Cooperative park in Wauchula. We got all of our laundry done at their very efficient and reasonably priced laundry room. But, far more important was the time we got to spend with Ken & Joan Tarkin.
We had Happy Hour at our coach with Ken & Joan and dined out Saturday evening at a newly opened wing restaurant in Wauchula. The company was excellent but the dinner so-so. We'll give them some time to get organized and try again next visit.
Perhaps our greatest achievement during our Wauchula stay was getting caught up with all of our financial and other "business". Being away from home is great, but every month the statements arrive and beg to be reconciled. When there are several months in the queue it becomes a somewhat daunting task. A cool, cloudy, and blustery day kept us inside with our noses to our computers. All done now!!!