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Looking Ahead

February 15, 2013
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Lunch View from the Jeep, Rockport Beach Park

Nell hadn’t been out of the RV in a week, and insisted that we get out for a while.  So, yesterday (Thursday) we did a fast food drivethru and took it to Rockport Beach Park.  Even though we sat in the Jeep, it was an opportunity for her to sit and look at the water for a while.  It was a gorgeous day, with temps in the 70s and a light breeze under a clear blue sky.

The MRI shows a bulging disk in her spine, which is causing pain in the sciatic nerve.  Apparently, these things often correct themselves after a certain time.  She’s reaching the end of that typical time period of 6 to 8 weeks, so if she sees no improvement over the next few days, she’ll be seeing a surgeon to see what the next step is.  Surgery will be a last resort.  Our research shows there are a number of options available, so we’ll just take it a step at a time.  Nell’s being a trooper, but there’s no question she’s ready to get past this and get back to normal.

I had intended to start washing the RV yesterday, but by the time we got back, I had lost the urge.  That’s so easy to do these days.  After all, there’s always tomorrow.  Instead, we spent some time doing a bit of long range planning.  For us, “long range planning” means “where are we going this year?”.  We laid out a very tentative route that will take us where we intended to go last year:  Maine and Nova Scotia.

I say it’s a tentative route because one of the things we learned last year was the flexibility that comes with this lifestyle.  Things can change, and the roads go in a lot of different directions.  But for now, we at least have a rough idea of where we want to go.

Much depends, of course, on what it takes – and how long it takes to get Nell back on her feet.  We are taking the optimistic view.  There are places we want to explore here in south Texas.  We are booked here at Coastal Oaks until mid-April.  We have a commitment in Houston the second weekend in May.  That gives us two to three extra weeks here on the Gulf Coast to play with.

From Houston, in mid-May, we’ll spend several days working our way northwest on I-40 to Ohio to visit our kids and grandkids in the Columbus area, and Nell’s mom in Mount Vernon.  Then in early June, we’ll continue on northeast to Maine.  We’ll take our time getting there (a few weeks, maybe?), and then use someplace in Maine as a base, and travel into Nova Scotia by Jeep.

From there, we’ll travel west into Vermont, hopefully finding someplace to park while we drive up to the Montreal area.  We’d prefer not to take the motorhome into Canada, so we might splurge on hotel rooms in both Nova Scotia and Montreal.  Those are details to be worked out later.

The route then continues west through upper New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and then up into Michigan.  We’d like to find a place near the northern tip of Michigan to park the RV, and drive up to Sault St. Marie, Canada.  From there we would come south to visit my nephew and his family in Chicago before heading back into Ohio.

We envision spending 3 or 4 months making that circuit, heading back south in September/October.  Just so we stay ahead of cold weather and snow.  We’ve decided we have no desire to simply say we traveled several thousand miles and passed through “x” number of states.  We want to be able to stop, explore, and experience that part of the country.

That’s the plan.  Right now, it’s just a blue line on Google Maps.  We’ve got plenty of time to research the areas and some potential RV parks and campgrounds.

But I guess for today, I need to get out the bucket and some towels.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2013 6:41 pm

    I sympathise with Nell, I have had a few bouts of sciatica. Hope she gets relief soon.

    Enjoy planning your summer trip, I really enjoy the planning myself.

    • February 17, 2013 12:39 am

      Thanks a lot, Doug. it’s much appreciated. The planning is kind of fun.

  2. February 18, 2013 9:10 pm

    Yea! We’d love to see you both, if things work out. We have plans out of state the middle of Sept, but, other than that, we’re free. Hope Nell’s back gets better. Christopher sat on my sciatic nerve when I was pregnant with him. I well remember how bad that hurt. Email us about dates when you know more. Love you both!

    • February 22, 2013 7:09 pm

      It’s all pretty tentative, Cheryl, but we’re going to try to time it so we’re there for at least a couple of days. We’ll need to find an RV park not too far from you.

  3. Jane Whaley permalink
    February 28, 2013 11:27 pm

    I have never commented but follow your art with interest. I love it all! Tell Nell to read Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarnos. I happened to catch John Stossel taking about how the book had helped him so I ordered on amazon and read in about a day. I used to have sciatica but am free of it now. Thank you for sharing your adventures!
    Jane Whaley
    Ashland KY

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