Downtime isn’t lost time

I mentioned in our last post we are taking time off from caravanning. Gas prices, relative difficulties obtaining fuel recently in North Carolina, and the disproportionate number of miles traveled, compared to nights spent in state or national parks, all have dampened temporarily our need to drive down the road. We’re still living in our wonderful 25′ Airstream. The truck is immediately in front of the trailer. We continue to perfectly enjoy living like this. We’re looking forward to finding ways to enjoy this new period of full-timing where we don’t need to move the trailer to enjoy it.

We left Cross Country Campground and enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon drive from Denver, NC, to Kannapolis. Kannapolis is Greek for “City of Looms”, and was a mill town for over 100 years. Cannon Mills, named after the founding father, J.W. Cannon, started and run from Kannapolis. It’s funny, the things we take for granted in our lives, and terry cloth is one of these. Cannon Mills manufactured terry cloth in Concord and Kannapolis and was the first company to manufacture it.

The trailer is securely parked on nearly flat concrete just outside the carport in the driveway of Debbie’s parents. The truck fits ahead of the trailer with my workbench (really it’s the tailgate) folded out. The driveway drains nicely, is partially shaded, and has a very comfortable and cool carport just behind the trailer. Work awhile, sit awhile, work awhile. . .

We’ve been in Kannapolis one week. We’ve regrouped a little and started making moderate plans for downtime projects. Home Depot has seen us twice, Harbor Freight has seen us once, AutoZone once, and we plan to hit Home Depot and Lowes several times more. We have small projects inside and outside the Airstream in addition to helping as much as we can with housekeeping and yardwork at the house.

The knife drawer is complete and looks much better with three coats of polyurethane satin sealer. The bed platform now sports a dark gray painted edge instead of the white primer edge I painted over a year ago. The bed platform sits on foam weather seal and fits to the trailer outside walls against a rubber weather seal. These are tiny but meaningful improvements, and warm-ups to the bigger work.

Time with less travel affords us the opportunity to take things apart and not hurry to reassemble. We have more time for trimming, smoothing, cleaning, sealing, painting. And redoing, if we want. The wheel bearings and brakes want service. The brakes’ wiring needs careful scrutiny and possible renewed reconnections. The under-belly pan needs reattachment at one end. Amateur radios and antennae want installation and tuning.

We want to take some short backpacking trips while the weather is moderate. We’ll take a short trip to the beach and to Chapel Hill to see good friends. We want to spend time with family and with friends. The 1979 Argosy 24T needs a little cleaning up and to be sold since the organizers canceled the 2009 Africa Caravan. And we can plan trips and organize our gear. Downtime from towing doesn’t mean nothing to do. Downtime means we have time to choose what to do.

Downtime is time for us.

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One response to “Downtime isn’t lost time

  1. You sound content. It’s nice to know you have a good place to improve your home. Our driveway is sloped enough that it’s hard to get the Airstream level. We made it to the 2nd annual Sorgham Fest last weekend in Albion, Ill for the cooking of sorgham and our granddaughters 5th birthday. Our weekends to camp are running out as cold weather approaches.
    I agree that moving less and exploring more is a great way to full-time. I keep using subliminal messaging on my wife, but it hasn’t worked yet. I lean over and whisper-Full timing, Full timing over and over for a few minutes. She’s gonna wake up some morning, and say, “I’ve got a great idea!!! Lets start Full timing!”

    Sorry to hear the African caravan was cancelled, but with the world in financial crisis, it isn’t a big surprise.

    We love the Charlotte area too, but now our son has moved to Kansas, so don’t get there like we used to.

    Keep up the good writing. Perhaps, we’ll meet you someday.

    God bless you, Jim and Deb.

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