Final Preps

Down to the final week of finishing up tweaks and starting the major roof updates (remove/replace TV antenna, move one solar panel, add a third solar panel, redo the bath roof vent – to improve air movement, etc.). All stuff likely boring to most, but the final bits in place before Tamasté hits the road for the first two, real adventure trips! Lots of photos and stories ahead, so stay tuned!

Next week:  Orlando, St. Augustine, Miami, maybe Keys (still working on places to stay)
Last week (end Jan./early Feb.):  Ft. Myers, Naples, Everglades National Park

Then after a brief final stay with bro and sis, onto New Orleans and many stops in Texas.

What is That Bright Object in the Sky?

Made it in to Tampa late yesterday, despite stormy weather and apparently, three tornados in the Tampa Bay area! Missed all that fun, but greeted this morning with an unfamiliar bright light in the sky. Yes, it’s been that long since we’ve had sunshine in Findlay. Now that I’m in Florida, plenty of that will come and I’ll do my best not to get tired of sunshine, warm temperatures, etc., etc.

Today’s a Tamasté tweak day since rain’s going to occur off and on throughout the day. Next three days though are sunshine and mid-to-high 60s. Woo-hoo!

Rainy Day Time Killers

What to do on a rainy day to kill six hours before I’m able (due to high winds/rain) to head to Tampa on the final leg. How about hearty, leisurely breakfast, the ambiance of a local laundromat, and some quality library time to catch up papers and a bit of writing!

I love seeking out libraries in towns I’ve never been to, and in Valdosta, GA, was surprised to see a full-service coffee shop in the lobby! Bonus.

No Work, No Rules

Rule #1 for the retired vagabond life is there are no rules…about where you need to be and when. Case in point: Was hoping to make it to my brother’s house north of Tampa today but bad weather rolling into their area gave me an excuse (not that I needed one) to cut today’s leg short and park it for the night.

Wal-Mart has been the freeloading, er, boondocking site of choice when en route to somewhere, but apparently the bad side of RVers continued long enough to where Wal-Marts are beginning to ban overnight parking across the country. Cabelas and Cracker Barrels offer good alternates (better in some ways, less so in others). Tonight Tamasté is spending the night in the rear lot of a Cracker Barrel in Valdosta, Georgia to wait the passing of the storm for a safer arrival tomorrow.

Can’t complain with 62 degrees outside and a homestyle meal (and yes, I escaped the deadly grip of their desserts…even the warm pecan pie with salted nut caramel ice cream on top…barely). Good Tamasté, good Gary.