Places We Have Called Home In 2020

October 8, 2020

Temperature 92 Degrees With Humidity Feels Like 97

Places To Go and People To See

Today was our day to run the roads.  We had a number of places we needed to be throughout the day.  Ms. Barbara already had directions to each and every stop in her phone.


Bagelicious was our first stop for morning bagels.  Ms Barbara had discovered this store while we were in Silver Springs last month.  They have the most delicious bagels and as often as we can we make it a point to stop here – especially since it is so close to our winter home.

On to our . . . .


second stop of the day.


Into the shop went Little Graybeard.



In due time the little guy came back out with a hitch installed to which we could attach our bike rack.  Hey, who knows maybe we’ll find a small travel trailer to tow – only kidding.

You ever wonder why sometimes you end up at the shop that you do?  For instance, where we had the hitch installed had great reviews and they indeed did great work.  But here is the bonus, when I described what typically happens to the toad lights when hooked to Elvira they had their immediate suspicions.  Their first question was Does the electrical cord between the two look like this?  Or this?  I replied it looks like the later.  They said that means it is home made and is probably wired incorrectly.  Drop it off and we’ll straighten it out for you.  Now how about that!  Next time we are in Ocala I’ll indeed drop it off and let them straighten it out.

Time to move on.


This was our next stop.


Since we are going to be in one place for an extended period of time, and since we are on grass I wanted something under the tires for two reasons:  to keep them from sinking in; and, to isolate them from the grass itself.  I, therefore, purchased a piece of pressure treated 2x12x12 and had it cut into six separate 2 foot sections.  Sometime, within the next month I’ll move Elvira forward just enough to put the boards down and then I’ll back up onto them.

Continuing on. . .


We made a quick stop here to return some Amazon items.

It was now time for lunch.

Wawa to give away free coffee for 10 days across all three Ocala locations  -

We stopped to pick up sandwiches and drinks since it was now around 1 pm.  We were not going to eat at any restaurants in the area since they are now at 100% capacity.  Moreover, social distancing is not practiced in this state and masks are not required.  We intended to take our lunch and find a quiet, shaded place to park and have our lunch in the car.

That is exactly what we did.  We had lunch in the parking lot of the final and most important stop of the day.


This is where Ms Baraba had to go for her preadmission testing and to register for her hospital stay.  Yup, that’s our lady sitting on the bench waiting for me.  The doctor who will be doing the surgery, and this hospital and medical plaza are the sole reasons we came back to Florida this year.  She has the same doctor I did two years ago and this is exactly where I had my knee repaired.  The doctor, the staff, the hospital, the medical center all received a plus ten from me.  I can think of no better group to entrust my sweetheart to.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she will receive the best of care.

That is it for today on The Road of Retirement.  We had a busy but very productive day in so many ways.  It is just the sort of day that we like.  We’re back home now with our feet up and just relaxing.  In the days to come I’ll get Elvira up on her landing pads and I’m sure I’ll find any number of little projects to keep me busy.  Till then.

Thanks for checking in with us today.  We always appreciate your company as well as your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, enjoy the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her 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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