Yesterday John washed the van - bless him - and today we tackled the interior. We also checked the water level in the batteries and the generator oil level.
The GDB is looking pretty spiff!
I also got some essence of peppermint oil. Some folks say this is a rodent-deterrent.
It would work for me, that's for sure - I'm not crazy about mint. But I'll do my duty and apply it to some cotton balls and place throughout the GDB. I'll let you know if it works. And, of course, if it doesn't.
Last time we got a heavy rain, I noticed some water leaking into the galley. We isolated the location of the leak yesterday as I situated myself inside while John, hose in hand, sprayed the window. There it was - a little trickle of water. So I need to have the window re-sealed. I'm wondering if the fix-it guy who will be at the rally in November could do this? I may drive back to the dealer before that; I'll know more after calling Roadtrek this week. I'm not sure exactly when the coach warranty expires, but I should have at least 18 months left on it.
On this last trip, I was thinking about how much I enjoy writing a blog. And how much of a hobby blogging has become. And about all the cool people I've connected with since I began. I was a frustrated blogger in the beginning, as fate conspired to keep me grounded for so long. But now that I'm road-worthy, I find that journaling helps me to both focus and reflect upon events. And it's a creative outlet. I especially like editing the photos at the end of the day and building a post around the images. For me, blogging just enhances the whole travel experience.
I also derive a lot of happiness traveling along with you all and staying inspired to follow in your tread marks. And what a rich source of information! For example, someone - I think it may have been Barbara of Me and My Dog fame - made cards to distribute to people she meets along the way, people who may want to follow her online. Good idea.
So I made my own today. It was fun to design.
I don't have any heavy card stock so I'll take the file to a printer this week and get some decent copies.
November Coastal Trip
Meanwhile I'm doing some loose trip-planning for my Atlantic Coast journey. The Roadtrek Tech Rally begins November 6th in Kissimmee so I'm trying to determine when I should leave so I can mosey down in that direction. I'm especially looking forward to traveling up the coast after the rally. I didn't realize until I started looking at the area how much there is to see and do and eat in that part of FL and GA. I guess living in AL for so long has made me complacent about the ocean but now I realize .... I've missed a whole coast!