It was finally time to hit the road in the bus for the first time since September 15, 2019. After getting some ($$$) work done on the bus it was time to bring it back to the park and get loaded to go. We didn’t have to move a lot of stuff to the bus since we already had pots and pans, towels, napkins and linens. Just food, clothes, personal electronics and stuff. Even though it was parked right next door to our house we still managed to get in over 10,000 steps a day while getting ready to go.
We had a couple of final dinner parties before we left and enjoyed being with friends for the first time in months. We are fully vaccinated and have been since late February but we are still cautious and wearing a mask in public. Everybody at dinner was fully vaccinated.
During the pandemic we only went grocery shopping once a month or so. We had a large stash of food and frozen stuff from our’s and a friend’s freezer so we didn’t really even have to go shopping to stock the bus. That was nice and our bus freezers are stuffed!
Finally we had everything loaded and we decided to move into the bus early while we closed down the house. I cut the garden down so it would be manageable while we are gone for three months or so. That was a lot of work! The cannas came back like gangbusters after the February freeze and everything else did too! Then it started raining on June 1. Apparently June is the beginning of the rainy season in south Texas and the first day when we got five inches or so, the park didn’t flood. The next day it rained again, another 3 inches so of course it flooded. They guys working the pumps had their work cut out for them but they kept at it. The garden was well watered.
We moved into the bus while we waited for last deliveries, which ended up taking longer than we thought. Jim ordered a small amp for his ukulele. It came in plenty of time but was the wrong amp! He sent it back. Then the day before we planned to leave the amp arrived. It was the correct amp but no cables were included! He spent hours on the phone with a couple different companies and ended up ordering two sets of cables just to make sure one would be right. They overnighted them and both were the right cables.
We had moved the cats over to the bus to get them assimilated and Astrid started acting more “normal” than she had been for over a month since her dental surgery. We had been giving her appetite stimulants, which she hated and she would only eat shrimp and not very many of them. She was always hiding in her apartment (we call under the bed Astrid’s Apartment), wouldn’t go outside or get on our laps. I was worried about her. We had taken her in for a sonogram since the vet thought there might be more going on than the dental surgery. It was inconclusive but she still wouldn’t eat much.
Miracle of miracles! Once she got back into the bus, she quit hiding, started eating and getting on our laps. I think she likes the bus better than the house. Maybe too many people coming over? Not sure, but after a week in the bus, she is eating regular cat food, getting on our laps and going outside, even in new and strange places. What a relief!
Once we got the amp cables we were able to take off. We tried to get a reservation at our usual jumping off spot, Choke Canyon State Park but they were booked for the weekend. Apparently everybody is as antsy to get on the road as we were. So we headed to Walmart in Pleasanton, Texas and had an uneventful first day. The bus ran great and everything went smoothly.
We booked a four night stay at South Llano River State Park to rest up and we needed it! The first non-travel day we slept late and just enjoyed goofing off. The park is very nice with hiking trails and bird blinds and lots of people go tubing on the river. We took the cats out, hiked around and enjoyed relaxing and reading. No internet in the park but I have a bunch of New Yorkers downloaded and books so not too bad. We scrounged some firewood when a neighboring campsite emptied out and we enjoyed a fire. We even saw a live armadillo! I don’t think I have ever seen a live one. I always thought they were born dead by the side of the road. Like possums. One of them also visited our site.
Next we are heading for Lamesa where there is a city park with hookups where you can stay for free for four nights. We won’t be there that long, it’s been hovering at around 102 degrees. Time to head north.