Down in the Bayou

Well if there’s one thing I can tick off on my travel list, it’s that I’ve now visited ‘The South’ proper, albeit a little briefly perhaps.

I have sailed the Mississippi River (well, crossed it in a ferry), listened to jazz music in the heart of New Orleans, sampled jambalaya and muffaletta, sipped both a Hurricane and some rum, and gotten a little too close for comfort to more than one an alligator. Yes, the Deep South has risen in me!

So let us resume our travels, shall we?

Oh, but first I offer you this note – blink and you’ll miss the whole state of Mississippi. You have been warned.

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Repairs, woodland walks and the world’s best rolls

And in the blink of an eye, before you know it, two things have occurred – first, we’ve made it to Louisiana and second, on this day last year I arrived here in America to start this hobo RV road trip adventure around the USA.

Boy, time does sure fly.

Because I don’t want to start reminiscing about home right now, I may as well just crack on and update you on our goings on.

When last I left you, it was as I was happily waving goodbye to St Pete (and Florida in general) and looking ahead to entering Georgia and stopping in for some repairs to Belle. I do feel that I should pause for a moment and do justice to the Sunshine State and tell you that if you choose to visit, I would advise sticking with the picturesque northern part of the state. While the south seems to have been mostly overrun with large cities, strip malls and just far too many people and cars for my liking, the northern part is still plentiful enough with horse farms, massive old oak trees and verdant fields. It really is rather stunning.

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Freedom and Frolicking with Friends

Bleh.

Bleh and meh.

That’s slightly how I feel today. And you know what it is? Laziness. Yes, laziness has set in.

This is what happens as you approach the one year anniversary of not working and let your 37th birthday just slide on by. You suddenly realise how goddamn lazy you feel and it gets to you. And the slightly annoying thing is that it’s not like I’m letting life pass me by sitting on the sofa watching TV all day and drinking tea or anything. Though admittedly I do drink a fair amount of tea these days, and with the saga of the vanilla flavoured soy milk weighing on my mind, well that in itself is a whole other worrying scenario.

Right, well, I’m not quite sure where all that came from, but let’s get caught up to speed shall we?

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As South as South Can Be

It turns out we finally finished our ‘winter break’ in the most glamorous of style, by camping for a week in our friend Ryan’s driveway. There’s nothing that makes you feel more like a total hobo than living in your bus in someone else’s driveway I can tell you.

But after the Bluebird Rally, Loops decided the very last of the maintenance needed to be completed, and Ryan kindly offered us the concrete space we needed to change out the coolant hoses, do a final engine compartment sealing (to try and keep the engine smell that developed last year from permeating into the bus), and to get the towing braking system for The Beast properly fitted.

With our overall travel plan resting on the decision not to leave the state until the end of February, plus still needing to visit our friends Bunny and Phil down in Miami, Loops and I decided that we would start our 2017 travels of by heading are far south as you can go in the continental US, we are off to see Key West!

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The Most Magical Place on Earth

I returned from the Land of Eng to find Belle and Loops living in a field just outside of DeLand, Florida. That makes them sound pretty dejected doesn’t it? I promise they weren’t.

In my absence it turns out that Loops had made friends with yet another older gentleman Bluebirder, who owns a nice bit of farmland and invited him to park the bus there while he waited for me to return from the UK. Additionally it also proved a handy place for a brief rendezvous with Martha, a friend of my dad’s, who is very sweet and kind and likes to check in on us when we are in the area.

It turns out that Loops and I however are in this location for a more particular reason though because, unbeknownst to me, as a treat for my return Loops has booked us in down the road in Orlando for four days at Disney’s Fort Wilderness RV campground; with accompanying four day, all Disney park passes!

Wow, I guess he really was really excited I came back to America, huh?

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To Blog or Not to blog…?

NB. This is a post specifically about writing and the writing process, not our RV travels. If you’re not interested in that, please feel free to skip over.

I am currently faced with a dilemma. And guess what? You’re about to hear about it.

It is now the second week of February and Loops and I are, once again, back on the road. In fact we’ve been travelling full time again since the first of February. And yet, I have not produced any blog entries about it.

Why? Well, it’s because I am struggling with the title question – to blog, or not to blog?

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Yes, sometimes my blogging office looks like this.

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The Hard Truths

NB. This post comes with a warning. It’s full of personal emotion and some things that have not been mentioned in my blog this year while traveling, so might take some by surprise. If you just want to stick with the happy go lucky imagery of our 2016 travels, please feel free to skip this post.

It seemed like such a fine plan – buy an RV and go and travel the USA; no work, no worries, no stress.

And I’m sure that’s what many people would think upon reading that plan, and for some that might translate from paper to reality very well. However, I can tell you right now, for me personally, it really didn’t. But I should be clear in saying that, in my opinion, this was for a number of personal reasons, not necessarily that living fulltime in an RV is poor idea.   Continue reading “The Hard Truths”