Thursday, January 4, 2018
When this posts I should be somewhere on the road heading south. It might be difficult to keep up with the blog for a bit. Some of our camping spots will be way out in the middle of nowhere, in a land beyond wifi. I'll do my best to keep up.
Packing was a chore. Very hard to do things in the cold and snow. It took a good part of the afternoon Tuesday to start the van. Cold diesels do not like to start. It took some quality time with a heater and battery charger to coax it to life. The idea was that if it ran Tuesday, it might start better on Wednesday, our planned departure day.
The van has a lot of capacity, but we pack it to the gills anyway. There are days when I want to throw a tent, sleeping bag and a frying pan in the car and just go. Then again, after we are gone a few weeks the extra comforts are going to be nice. Of course, we are bringing some toys with us too.
I received a pretty decent drone for Christmas. Maybe I'll be able to get some aerial shots.
It's tough to leave family and friends behind. On the other hand, my poor damaged lungs prevent me from enjoying outside activity on cold days. Loading the van was enough to send me into coughing fits.
Oh well, we really have to go. The killer cold was the final nail in the coffin. The water supply line froze, and the woodstove ate fuel at over twice the normal rate. The oil furnace is due for service too; it had to be manually restarted a couple days ago. I'll call the heating guy when we get back. He won't be nearly as busy as he is right now.
Onward and southward. Eventually everything will thaw out.