April 6, 2022

Temperature 75 Degrees, Overcast with Periods of Rain

Let The Adventure Begin

What can I say? Normally the night before we go on the road I toss and turn and don’t get much sleep. But for whatever reason last night I had the best sleep I’ve had in weeks. Go figure.

We set a goal to be on the road no later than 10 am this morning. We began to roll at 9:45 am which I believe for us is pretty darn good. Of course before we actually left we were running around the house grabbing things we thought of at the last minute. There has to be a better way. And for all that we still forgot several items.

We left under overcast skies with the threat of rain, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes in the area to which we were headed. Unfortunately, we didn’t have to wait to get there to find the rain. All along Route 75 we were in and out of rain squalls. Nothing really bad which we were extremely grateful for.

Plus, I now have a secret weapon for dealing with the rain. A long time ago a good friend of mine, Carl, taught me the trick of coating your windshield with Rain-X. Squall after squall I never needed the wipers because the rain just ran off the windshield in sheets. Try it the next time you anticipate driving in the rain. Believe me it really works.

This is the first time I’ve driven Elvira for an extended period of time. No problem, after about thirty minutes it felt just like old times. The traffic was light all the way so I was basically able to set the cruise control and let her do her thing.

About fueling up, it truly feels like a gut punch as you watch the dollars add up. I paid, by my calculations, twice as much as what I did two years ago. Ah well, if you want to play you have to pay. But it hurts, especially when you just know there is no real excuse for the high prices.

Here is our overnight home. We have a pull thru at Tallahassee RV Park. This is a mid point stop on our way to Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, Alabama. This is not a bad RV park by my standards. It’s about a half a mile off of Route 10. The driveway in is sort of weird. It winds around and goes uphill. I’m sure we’ll be dragging the tow bar as we leave. The sites are tight and you have to be careful when pulling in. The actual site we are in has a good base of gravel and is reasonably level. I have plenty of room for Elvira and Little Graybeard. All in all, a pretty decent stop for overnight.

Now about the tornadoes and thunderstorms and rain. Since we’ve been here warnings have been issued several times for tornadoes. Thankfully, they’ve all been north of us. We’ve not had one thunderstorm and just a little bit of rain. So far. Once again the good Lord continues to smile down on us.

So we are finally back on The Road of Retirement. Though it has been only one day it sure feels good. Hope this feeling continues to follow us throughout the trip.

Thanks again for stopping by today  It’s always great to be able to share our story with others. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish each day that God gives you and live it to the fullest.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before


  1. Glad you made it safe and sound. And also glad that you are avoiding any severe weather. It will be interesting to see what you have planned and where you go. The gas prices are a challenge. I hope they come down as time goes on. At least we are not in California. Safe travels, and enjoy your adventures!


  2. Glad the first leg of your adventure was a safe one and hope those tornados miss you. Gas prices came down by 4 cents, but I’m doubtful there will be big decreases. One million barrels a day being released is only about 5% of our daily use. Well, be safe and enjoy.


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