TOUR AMERICA, 2019: PHOENIX, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix 

Dec 1, 2019

Temperature 62 Degrees

Are You Kidding Me – 37 Degrees!

Period 16 – New Team Members and New Projects

Time For the Couch To Go

This is crazy – I mean 37 degrees!  I had to look twice at the thermometer this morning to make sure I was reading it right.   Unfortunately, I was.  Those who live in this area are even saying this is a bit out of the ordinary.  I hope so.  I’m more for the 60’s during the day and 40’s at night.  That I’m alright with.

Tomorrow starts the last period of the year, Period 16 for NOMADS.  We have new projects and new team members.

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This is Mark and Debbie’s rig.  It is a 2013 Winnebago Journey 35 foot.  They have been full timing and associated with NOMADS for the last 19 years.  You think maybe they like being on the road?  They arrived yesterday.  Yup, we now have neighbors on either side.

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This is Robin and Carrie’s rig.  It is 2004 Gulf stream 40 foot.  They have been full timing for 2 years and this is their first NOMAD project.  They arrived early this morning.  We have one more couple yet to arrive.  The word is they are currently in CA waiting for approval for warranty work on their rig.  They hope to join us by next Friday.

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Today we had our first pot luck lunch and team meeting.  We discussed rules and regulations, and discussed the projects on the docket for the next three weeks.  Eight of us are carry overs and will remain even after this Period to the end of December.

Lunch and meeting over it was time for us to do some shopping.  We had a few things we needed to pick up at Wally World.  It was a quick trip and then we were back home.

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Once back home it was time to begin a long overdue project.  We had been talking for over a year about removing the couch and replacing it with either one or two wall hugging recliners.  We will probably go with one swivel recliner and a small computer desk.  This is the best place to do this project since they have a dumpster that we can toss the couch into.

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This was the first and easiest piece to remove.  It is the foot rest.  All I had to do was remove four screws and two bolts and off it came.  It also was a piece of cake to get out the door.

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Time now to wiggle my way underneath the couch and figure out how it is attached to the slide.  One thing I know, every time I take something apart or remove something on Graybeard the more impressed I am with the way they put things together in general.  It’s  obvious that they didn’t take any shortcuts.  As to how the couch comes out,  I believe I’ve figured it out.  I worked on the one side today and it is now loose from the slide floor.  I’ll do the other side sometime during this week.  Then once we know the size of the area we have, we’ll go shopping for a recliner.  The big unknown right now, though, is how to get the couch out the door!  I’m hoping that once I have it completely removed from the slide floor I’ll be able to figure out how to separate it into a number of different pieces.  Time will tell.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We met some wonderful new people – Mark and Debbie, and Robin and Carrie – that we’ll be working with for the next three weeks.  We made significant progress toward completing another major upgrade to Graybeard.  Overall it was another wonderful day of traveling together through life hand in hand, singing our song.  Yes, life is good and God is good all the time.

Thanks for joining us again today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you again tomorrow.

As for tomorrow, it is a really, really special day for us.  Tune in and find out.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!

 

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