The RV Road Trip Fulltimer's Blog for July 2011
July and August are typically the hottest months no matter where you are. We're as ready as we can be for the RGV heat. It can't be any worse than Alabama this time of year, at least down here there is a non-stop breeze to help you feel cooler. Next summer we fully intend to be at a high enough altitude so that we do not see 90+° temperatures. That's the plan anyway.
And... Cynthia's PET scan came back 100% negative. The 2 spots we were so concerned about are definately not cancer! Praise the Lord for answered prayers!
We were rearranging the cab-over bed and had rolled up the 2.5" memory foam pad and laid it on the floor for a minute. It turns out CJ likes a memory foam mattress as much as we do. We may have to look into finding a small one for his cage.
I've been surveying where to mount the rear view camera I bought. I am nervous about drilling a 3/4" hole in the back of the camper for the cord to go through. I have to make sure there is no stud in the wall there, no wires in the way and that once I am through the wall, I can get the cord routed to the underside of the motorhome without it being visible anywhere. It looks like the cord will come in somewhere in the kitchen cabinet above the sink. I've measured and re-measured and it looks good but I want to make sure I haven't overlooked something.
I ran the generator for 2 hours this morning with the A/C as the only load. Onan recommends a run like that every month to keep things lubricated and to get rid of any moisture inside the unit. When I last filled up the gas tank, I added Sta-Bil Ethanol treatment to counter the ill effects of the ethanol they put in the gas. Hopefully, some of that got sucked into the generator to protect it as well. I also cranked up the engine and let it idle for 15 minutes for the same reasons.
About Cynthia's surprise, I added a new wall outlet in the kitchen for her. The only one in there was mounted under the cabinets and none of the cords would reach it. You can see the new outlet on the left side of the following picture.
I bought a few 2x4s and a sheet of OSB to put some shelves in the nose of the enclosed trailer. Everything is just sitting on the floor now and when spread out like that, it takes up too much space. The floor needs to be clear for the scooters, the wheelchair and the ramp. I'll work on building the shelves in the mornings when it is still cool. By about 9am it is far too hot inside that trailer to work in there. I'll be sure to post pictures when I am done.
I got the backup camera installed and it is great. The hardest part was threading the cable underneath the camper. There's not very much room to crawl around under there. I mounted the monitor to the windshield in the center where, for some odd reason, a rear view mirror is mounted. You can buy this same camera at Amazon if you are in the market for one. Here's a shot of the new camera on the back of the motorhome.
Turns out I have a damaged nerve in my left knee. They are going to approach it in stages, starting off with protecting the nerve via a padded brace all the way up to surgery to sever the nerve if nothing else works. My luck, they'll saw my leg off. :/ The doctor noticed my gait and did a few tests, determining that I need to be wearing an exoskeleton type brace on my left leg. Gee, I'll really beep at the airport now! He set up another appointment to get that looked in to and explained that if I use the brace when walking AND use my power wheelchair instead of walking every chance I get, I might have 10 more years of being able to walk left. So if any of you out there had any hopes of taking a leisurely stroll with me, you've got 10 years or less to get it done. :p
After I left the VA, I rode over to the Iwo Jima Memorial since it was just down the street from the VA. It wasn't much other than the giant statue, but that was quite cool. Here's a shot of it...
I took the scenic route back home, following Military Highway that runs parallel with the Mexico border. There are quite a few Historical Markers along that road and I stopped at a few of them. I uploaded all the Pictures I took today in the gallery under "The Rio Grande Valley". Here's a link to save you some clicks.
I wore a helmet for today's ride due to the distance I was going. If I don't wear a helmet, I get that wind blown hair look. This shot is from the other day. We were out riding and decided to stop by Cruisin' Burger for dinner. Here I am... LOL.
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What I like about it is that you don't have to know a lot of dance steps or be able to keep up, you can do it at your own pace. Besides walking, there are a couple other simple things you will need to do like side steps, kicks & knee lifts. It is so easy and only takes 15 or 30 minutes, depending on which workout you do.
I will let Jerry video me doing the workout and post it so you can get an idea. It really does make you feel better to know you are making some kind of effort to stay healthy. This particular DVD is done to Christian music.
I've pretty much got the enclosed trailer organized now. I added some shelving and some hangers on the walls for things like hoses, cables and cords. I attached brackets to hold the ladder and the blue boy against the wall and also anchor points to hold the scooter and wheelchair in place while traveling.
I rotated the trailer so I can have the wheelchair ramp land on the patio instead of out in the grass. Since I am supposed to be using the wheelchair all the time now, I figured I better make it so it was easier to get in and out of the trailer. The ramp is 10' feet long and the trailer isn't very high off the ground, so it is not a very steep ride up or down. Nevertheless, I still yell "Wheeeeeeeeee" when coming down. OK, not really.
We added more pictures to the Mission Bell folder and the Rio Grande Valley folder in the picture gallery. Head on over and take a look. When new images are added to the galleries, they are displayed at the bottom of the page by default. Here's one of a really nice mural on Route 77 in Harlingen. Notice the car is pulling a camper!
Tropical Storm Don will be rolling through this evening and tonight. All of the outside stuff is stowed in the trailer... the grill, the folding table, our lawn chairs, etc. The awning is rolled up and secured and the plants we have are under the neighbor's carport. The weather people keep changing their minds about where it will hit so we'll just prepare for a direct hit. Max wind gusts are only about 50 MPH but there will be lots of rain. All I can think about is that old REO Speedwagon video, "Riding the Storm Out". LOL
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