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We have itchy feet, it’s time to go

Yep, we’re going mobile again. Been in Florida since Dec 28, waited for the weather to turn really nice. It has turned really nice. And now we’re heading north. And we can, perhaps, watch the weather turn nice again, in NC this time.

We made a valiant last try for the beach a few days ago. The day’s forecast was 80 degrees and sunny. We thought this was our best shot for good beach weather. It may have been the best day, so far, to go but wasn’t good enough to enjoy the beach. What we found was a great deal of cloudiness and terrible winds.

The temperature was 77 but, with the winds, felt cooler. And the winds drove the sand so hard it was stinging. After a couple of hours we threw in the towel and picnicked on the grassy lawn by the parking lot. A lot warmer, sheltered from the wind, we considered spreading out a pair of towels and sunning.

But enough was enough — time to go back to Okeechobee. Nice try, anyway. And our last try for an Atlantic Beach for this year, too. We’ll be heading west in a few weeks and won’t be in the Southeast until February 2011.

We’re psyched about getting on the road, feeling the tires spinning under us again. It’s been awhile since we traveled more than one hundred miles. Have we forgotten how to do this? What will we forget to do? We’ve been making lists and checking them twice over the past week.

Each day we’ve tried to so some of the preparation toward traveling. There were a surprising number of chores we found useful, ranging from recalibrating the holding tank sensors and checking the truck’s tire pressures, to restoring the entrance’s oak threshold strip to cleaning out totes and cargo compartments.

We’ve eliminated a number of books and chemicals and some odd parts we decided had seen enough of North America already. It makes more space in our truck, saves some weight in the trailer (a great thing to do), and makes life a little simpler by having less to keep up with.

The trailer and truck are freshly washed and waxed, and the trailer’s interior flooring is thoroughly scrubbed. The ham radio gear is completely re-wired in both the truck and trailer, making both work a little better and the appearance is improved a lot in both. And we
replaced the grounding on the trailer’s HF antenna and amateur radio.

We’re ready to go and will set out first thing Thursday morning for Chapel Hill, NC. It’ll be nice to hit the road with our home trailing behind us. We’ll take two days to get there, a nice pace to take for the mileage.

It’s time to scratch our itchy feet, put some miles under us. We’ll probably talk to you next after we arrive in Chapel Hill. Until then, keep the rubber side down!

Jim and Debbie
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