January 14, 2011
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So sorry folks, I have a one track mind these days. I'm off on an another adventure. That in and of itself is never unusual in my life, but this time, it will be a little different. I bought a small RV. It's called a Class C RV. That means the camper shell sits on a chassis and has a motor.
I'm going to drive this RV down to one of my favorite places in New Mexico, a town called Truth Or Consequences. I know, it is an unusual name. You can read about the name here.
Having previously been named Hot Springs, NM, you can guess that the place has hot springs, and that's the big draw for me. Hot soothing pools of nature's finest water to soak in, bubbling up from the Sacred Earth Mother, pure, full of healing minerals and gentleness, accompanied by beautiful scenery along the Rio Grande. That, and the proximity to great Southwestern/Mexican food. Did I mention it's right around zero degrees up here where I live?
The part about this particular trip that is unusual is not that I am taking an RV down there from my home in the Northland, but that it will be a one-way trip for the RV. Also, the duration that I'll be away. I know I'll be wasting precious resources by burning fossil fuel, but it's a one way trip and this beast will sit where I park it for eternity, never to pollute again.
I plan on leaving it down there for use on the occasion that I return. I have been going to T or C, (that's what the locals say), almost every year for the past 22 years. I was there last September with my motorcycle and wish I had the RV in place at that time. It would have been nice to have my own lodging sitting there waiting for me to arrive. Now, I'll have it there for future use.
I won't be the only one to use it either. I got a call from a friend yesterday who told me she found out that I was going to put Steve's old RV down in New Mexico. Being familiar with New Mexico in general and T or C in particular, she asked me if she could go down and use it sometime. I told her, "Sure, c'mon down anytime."
I will tow my little Ford Focus down there with the RV and drive home with the car. I rented a car tow dolly trailer from the famed U-Haul and will drop it off rigth there in T or C when I'm done with it.
The trip to set up the RV will last about three weeks. I'll return home for a few days with the Focus, then load my motorcycle into the back of my van and return, with Mrs. Spadoman and my Triumph in tow, to New Mexico and points West.
If all goes as I figure, I'll be back home by March 17th or so. We're lookin' at almost two months on the road. Barb will be with me for a little better than two weeks, until March 4th, and we'll visit T or C, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She'll fly home from the Bay Area and I'll continue North to Eureka to do more riding and hang out with some very good friends.
Some people meditate by doing Yoga or Tai Chi. Some immerse their spirit into religion or follow some doctrine of their own choosing. People run, or walk, ride bicycle or swim and work out at the YMCA. Some write, do art, read, play or sleep to relax. Me, I drive. I love the world going by through the windshield. It is, for me, the most effective and ultimate form of therapy I have ever experienced.
|Sorry, no pictures of the RV, I won't be picking it up until next week|
Peaceful windshield time
Mind lost change of scenery
New Mexico bound
Wish me luck. I've tried this before. In fact, I've tried to establish a second home, or at least another place to stay while traveling, a few times down in New Mexico. I also tried it in Southern and Northern California and I even tried it with an RV back in 2003. I've rented some artists loft space, I've stayed in a motel with a kitchenette, I've rented a house and a cottage, I've used a camping trailer and a pick up truck pop up topper, I bought an old vintage 1955 mobile home. Every time I abandoned the project and came home to roost.
It's getting late in the game to keep this up both from a standpoint of money and perseverence. So wish me luck. I'm too old for this.