On the road, again…

I bought my first RV in 2001, mainly because I didn’t want to leave my two little min pins home when I went on vacation. I have owned 6 RVs since then, and just traded in my 2004 on a 2017. This one is diesel, unlike the travel trailers, fifth wheels, and Class As that I previously owned. And once again, it was doggie “separation anxiety” that drove part of my decision. I also knew, because of the logistics of being in such a confining living area, that I needed bigger digs to convince Gary to be my co-pilot.

RVing is not something that is new to me; however, something is new about me purchasing this one. On the day we embarked on our maiden voyage from South Florida to Washington, DC, for Rolling Thunder, I noticed something about my body. I was extremely achy (as usual), but somehow I found the energy to power through getting my “house on wheels” loaded. I gleefully ascended and descended the steps, carrying groceries and clothes. I was exhausted once I was finished, but it didn’t matter: I was totally delighted that I felt like I had done Yoga for 6 hours and climbed a mountain.

A few weeks later, we decided to head to Okeechobee, FL. We left just a week after I posted “It’s raining aches, hallelujah!” and South Florida was undergoing a monsoon. As I sat at my desk at work, I began to worry that I would be too achy to once again scale the steps. I remarked to a co-worker, “I may not be able to leave when I want”. She calmly told me that I would figure out a way to make it work. As I watched the clock tick towards 1700 EST, I started psyching myself out.

RVing in Okeechobee

I bought a Radio flyer wagon to help with moving supplies back and forth from the house. And sure enough, when that imaginary whistle blew, I jumped up from my desk and loaded up my wagon. I (once again) forgot about my bone aches. I didn’t think about how my body was screaming “not now!“. I had one mission: to load that sucker up, and plant my little behind in the driver’s seat. I am now convinced that RVing is making my new normal much more tolerable.

It’s quite coincidental that I decided to draft this post just as Deconstructing Doctor released her “Pink Flamingoes” post. Her and I agree that the benefits of RVing are both physical and psychological for me. Perhaps others can benefit from this… I know my body moves a lot more lately when I have the motivation to go out and explore. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, just rent one and hit the road for a weekend – or perhaps do some real camping in a tent (totally not for me, I am ruined from Class As). See if it helps you with your new normal…

In the future, I hope to blog about the trips we plan on taking. The dogs have their own hashtag on Instagram now: #lolaandpinustour

11 Comments

  1. Buzzard

    It was great seeing you and Gary even if it was just for a short time. That is one hell of an RV that you have now and you will enjoy your trips.

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    1. newnormalgal (Post author)

      It was great seeing you as well! Thank you!

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  2. Kristin

    Was so nice you invited my son & I to go to Okeechobee. We had such a blast & loved the cabin we rented as well as hanging in your beautiful home on wheels. Glad you are enjoying life again & getting out of the house. You & Gary deserve all the happiness in the world & Im so glad you find the time to blog to help other women going through the same situations as you. You are truly an inspiration & Im so happy to call you my BFF Forever Platonic Soulmate. Love you! Xoxo Kiki

    P.S. Next time I let you ride the banana bike back.

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    1. newnormalgal (Post author)

      We had such a great time! I’m so glad you came… I appreciate the kind words. I try my best to help those trying to help themselves.

      Love,
      Danaynay

      PS – there is no way I’m getting on that thing…lol…

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      1. Kristin

        LMAO…my legs are still sore!

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  3. Lee

    You are an inspiration! Glad you found a way to make it to Okeechobee even though you weren’t feeling it, it’s amazing what the mind can do when we are motivated. Much happiness to you, Gary and the pups ?

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    1. newnormalgal (Post author)

      Thank you for the kind words! I have been very surprised how motivated I am to do things lately… It definitely helps “moving” more. The doctors will tell you that, but it’s hard to move when your body doesn’t want to do it.

      Thanks again! Xoxoxo

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  4. VJ

    Thanks for the follow and back at you. We are just about to take to the road – first timers. Maybe we will cross paths one day. Hope the aches have subsided.

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    1. newnormalgal (Post author)

      Thank you! Enjoy your trip!

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  5. Alexis

    Such a great post! Allen and I keep discussing RVing. Sadly, we don’t have dogs currently. But I just like having my own space and own things with me. I may be asking for advice someday!

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    1. newnormalgal (Post author)

      Thank you! You should totally get one!

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