Sunday, May 29, 2011

It’s a GO.....for Blast Off!!

The time has finally come. Today is the day!   It's 5:00am and the sun is just starting to rise over the mountains to the East. It's 55 degrees, clear skies and absolutely NO WIND! That’s the way most mornings start here at North Ranch, near Congress, AZ. But later, like around lunch or shortly after noon, the winds sometimes begin to blow.   So we’re anxious to get on the road early and get some miles on while the wind isn’t blowing because if it gets real windy I will “shut ‘er down”.  Winds yesterday in the Winslow, AZ area where we are headed were gusting up to 65 mph. Not good travel time in a big rig like this.

Yesterday we got everything finalized. Whew, quite a job but when your going to be gone for 6 months, a lot of preparation has to be made.
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Here is the living room area all covered……


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Then we move all the Patio furniture into the utility room………….


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Here is the kitchen area. Notice the 5 gal pails sitting in the sink.   They are full of water.  We place 5 of these throughout the house for humidity purposes.   Paul and Nancy will top them off several times during the summer so that things will not dry out.  It has worked well for us so far....all secrets we have learned from others in the area.
   
Then we put everything from the outside (tool’s etc.) in the shop and put the Golf Cart under the patio and covered it. I had already stored the ATV’s in the Cargo trailer a couple of days ago.  Then, one of the last things I did was to load one of the Polaris 4 wheelers into the back of the pickup so we can take it with us to Custer.   Meanwhile, Ms. Pat was loading all our personal belongings (well almost all of them !) into the motorhome.

We had one last Happy Hour yesterday with our good friends and neighbors Paul and Nancy and now we’re ready to “Hit the Road”!  Where we will end up tonight is anybody’s guess but be sure and stop back Wednesday and see where we are.


It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  God Bless all of you.  We're praying for a safe, uneventful trip for us and everyone who is on the road this holiday weekend.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!  Enjoy your time together and with friends and family.

Now, we’re GONE!!!!

Mike

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11 comments:

Janna and Mike said...

You guys travel safe! Let us know how things are going!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike and Pat
Just one suggestion. Regarding the buckets of water in the sink, that would be about 80 pounds of weight in the weakest part of the counter top. Might cause a problem later.
Take care and have a safe trip.
Don in Oklahoma.

Malone said...

Happy Travels and be safe out there!

Jerry and Suzy said...

Begone, Mike and Pat, and drive safely (I know you will!). In a way, we'd like to follow you up to Custer, and in a way, we will, as you know we'll be watching for your twice-a-week blog posts. When we left your place we immediately ran into the death dive of a zillion big black bugs, and had to stop and clean the windshield. Kill some more of 'em, will ya?

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Have a safe trip Mike & Pat and we will be looking forward to hearing you made it safe and sound. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

squawmama said...

Looks like you got everything taken care of...
Have fun & Travel safe
Donna

Sue and Doug said...

safe travels to you both!..we hope the wind will not be a hinderance as you head on down the road!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Safe travels folks & we'll catch you on the flip side:))

Donna K said...

Have fun and travel safe.

All Because Two People Fell In Love said...

Safe Travels Mom & Pop's, Praying your journey is good!! Love you both and waiting to hear from y'all.
Your Kids

Debbie Goode said...

Enjoy your travels...looking forward to hearing all about them. Be safe!