People ask me “when’s the big trip?”. “Monday”’s been the answer since the end of July.
There have been a few delays. But this Monday it really IS … Departure Day!
2 Fuel Filters and 1 Puking Dog
Originally, D-Day was Monday August 3rd. But each week there’s been reason for delay.
2 Fuel Filters
The first delay was caused when The Bus’s fuel filter sorely needing replacement. Which should have been an easy job, except a special kit needed to be ordered because GM stopped making the filters. (Which is probably why the previous owner never changed the filter.)
D-Day slipped a week and I was secretly relieved. I wasn’t emotionally ready. I still had doubts about what I was doing and my prep to-do list was way too long.
Then the RV mechanic didn’t call or answer my messages for a week. So I went in search of a new mechanic.
I’m so glad I did!
Evan and Alex of Integrity Automotive in Sequim, WA obviously love and are good at what they do. And, huge plus, they are responsive and helpful. Alex spent time showing me the in’s and out’s of RV care and travel hints. I feel confident that they’ll take good care of my rig.
But it still took time to get that special filter kit delivered.
D-Day slipped another week and, although I didn’t feel that same sense of relief any more, I was happy enough with the delay. I discovered my to-do list never actually shrinks. No matter how many chores I complete and cross off the list … more get added.
1 Puking Dog
Then, Zoe started puking last week (poor puppy!!) First it was just once then 7 times in one night and a few more the next couple of days. Plus she acquired a red bump/sore on her leg that bugged her and got bigger. Off to the vet she went.
Her blood work came back normal so she’s on anti-nausea medication for a few days to see if it’s a temporary thing or indication of something unspeakable (I can’t sleep or function if I think about the unspeakable.)
D-Day slipped another week for Zoe’s tummy to settle and to keep an eye on that sore bump on the leg.
This final delay is OK, but I’ve gotten to the point when I actually feel ready, even though that pre-trip to-do list disagrees.
It’s funny how, lately, many ‘high priority’ chores have gotten downgraded to ‘eh, whatever’ status.
The Final Push
Now the list has shrunk to:
- pack The Bus
- prep the house for the sitters
- weigh The Bus and figure out how to check tire pressure
- make camping reservations for the first couple of nights
- adjust our route past the deadly fires burning North Central Washington state. NW Large Fires – Interactive Map.
(No kidding, those NW large fires are awful, and it’s very very sad that firefighters have died and others injured. I feel guilty taking a pleasure trip right past all that turmoil.)
Zoe’s doing much better the last couple of days. No puking and less sore bump licking. The working theory amongst animal friends is she got stung by a hornet and that upset her system. I’ll take her for a few rides in The Bus to make sure she’s OK with it before we leave. Meanwhile, I watch her like a hawk and apply lots of kisses.
I’d delay indefinitely if a dog’s not well. But it looks like they’re good. Me, too. Let’s Go!