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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Trip Prep



The boat is loaded up and ready for our trip. The van isn't fully loaded yet, but we ran out of daylight. However, I did load up 30, 4.5 gallon jugs of waste veggie oil. That's 130 gallons of alternative fuel. It replaces about $500 worth of diesel. Not too shabby.

Last minute errands have been run. The post office knows to forward my mail. I did some business at town hall. Final supplies were bought -including 1.75 liters of 12 year old single malt scotch. New Hampshire has some of the lowest liquor prices in the country, so I had to stock up. It fits in nicely with the gallon or so of rum on the boat. That pretty much rounds out the medical kit. Snake bite is a terrible thing.

We had some friends over to help us empty out the refrigerator. Nothing like a good meal before a road trip.

The neighbors know we'll be gone for the winter and will keep an eye on the house. We turn the heat and power off, so all the plumbing has to be drained and winterized. Time spent on a proper shut down saves grief when restarting the place in the spring. Some people keep their houses heated when they go south for the winter. I've a couple problems with that. For me, one of the reasons I can afford to go south is that I'm not paying for heat all winter. Personally, I think it's more risky to keep a place heated that to properly shut it down. A missed fuel delivery, a furnace malfunction, or even an extended power outage and all the plumbing freezes and is destroyed. Insurance is supposed to cover the damage, but I've heard horror stories from people who've tried to collect.

If I miss a day or tow of blogging, is because of travel. It shouldn't be any more than that.

Wish me luck.

-Sixbears

21 comments:

  1. Hope you have a great trip and a great winter. I'll look forward to reading your southern posts.

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  2. Good luck, fair weather and safe travels.

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  3. Enjoy your trip! 'Hope you have fair skies, stiff breezes and beautiful sunsets!

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  4. Come on down big guy ! Give a shout out when ya get close to Melbourne, Maybe we can meet and swap a few lies while killing some adult beverage lol

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    1. What a great idea! I'll give you a shout.

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  5. Bon Voyage. May the water be calm, the winds be light and from an aft quarter. Send postcards...

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  6. Happy trails to you ~ we'll look for more words of wisdom and pearls of pics in a few days. Enjoy ~

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    1. Are you sure you are going to the right place for wisdom? :)

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  7. Like everyone else, You and the Missus have fun, be safe and see you later.

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  8. Happy Trails - hope traffic light and the LEOs leave you alone.

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  9. Good luck...it's nice and cool here. Low 80's for highs.

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  10. In the 20s this morning. 80 sound nice. Thanks!

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  11. Have a safe trip.Are you sure your snake bite kit is fully stocked?Remember you will be there for the holidays.

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