Assimilation

We have now been in Marble Falls 1 week. 3 more to go. A lot of Borg-like activity has taken place.

One of the major items we needed to do was to get Roxie established with a pain doctor in Austin. We took care of that yesterday. The meeting went very well and he is willing to do whatever she needs to help her out. Check box one of assimilation.

Not only does every Texas town seem to have a Dairy Queen and a Sonic but they have BBQ places. I would eat at one every day but luckily Roxie tempers that for me. But we still do hit them up. One here is town was pretty good: (Check)

Relaxing. I guess we are supposed to do that but we haven’t seemed to do much of that yet, but Roxie did find a swing a short distance from our site. Most Texas homes have such a swing, don’t they? (Check)

We are now experiencing some of the humidity that we have heard of. At night it is pretty cool with the windows open and the fans blowing. During the day it can get a bit warm but we haven’t used the AC yet (did I mention we have metered electricity?). Supposedly some T-Storms are coming this weekend. Texas weather – check.

At the end of January, our trailer registration expired. I opted to not pull the trailer anywhere and let it do so. It was almost $420 to renew. I was able to get a single trip permit to Texas for $20. My first priority was to get the trailer registered in the new state. Fortunately, since we had a rental agreement with our RV park we were able to register it in our local county (Brunet) and in the local satellite office. Very easy. $7 inspection, about $200 in fees ($90 of which is for being a new resident and we don’t pay that next year). In fact, it was so easy that I did the truck that same day. The difference between California and Texas for the truck was about $500! That is including the $90 that will go away. Good with me. Check.

The full assimilation will happen when we get our Driver’s Licenses. When you have an existing out of state license, you surrender it and you don’t have to take the written test. HOWEVER, you still need to prove who you are and your citizenship. The papers that we need should arrive Monday as we had to have our son get them together and mail them. Once we have them I guess we are full Borgs, I mean Texans. Yeeeeee Haaaa!

A non-standard day

The part that could potentially fix our refrigerator problem arrived Monday. I put it in and I immediately heard the propane fire up and the flue gets hot. Sounded good. However, when I got in the trailer the display was still not working. The light was on inside the fridge which was a good thing. About 5 minutes later it all shut down. That is some progress. I spent many hours trying to find the other part. One RV part store said they could get the part the next day but by the time they returned my call it was too late to get it next day. We decided to order the part and have it sent to my mother’s house and leave on Tuesday, the non-standard day.

We knew this was the day to leave. We went through our normal routine at breakfast but then it all changed. We had to ensure that everything was out in the truck or trailer. Take multiple passes through the house and we still managed to miss a few things. Our son can get those to us though.

We said goodbye to our neighbors and she took a few shots of us (her name is Tatiana Ruelas and does photography if you are interested). Here is one in front of our old house (right) and the new house (left):

And us driving down the street, leaving for our adventure:

Off we go! May 2, 2017 10:25am

Since heat was descending on us, and Arizona, I was hoping to find something cooler I was thinking Kingman as it was higher in elevation and about 10 degrees cooler. CA99 to CA58 to I15 to I40. A path we know very well.

We ate lunch late in Tehachapi after a bit of driving around because I missed the main road. Barstow was next for a fuel stop. More driving around because of a new stretch of 58 and a misinterpretation of a detour sign.

We eventually got on I40 and saw the famous mileage sign:

We will probably get there sometime.

2 hours of extremely boring driving before exceedingly boring Needles to eat. Fortunately, we tow our own toilet because there is not much on that road. But without everything working right in the trailer (refrigerator), it feels more like we are just towing this:

This is the first real test of the new truck and it did great! I love the engine braking going down hills. The dash is mostly a flat screen so Ford can put up whatever information it wants. Normally the gauges are the standard analog (along the top) but when it goes past the mid-point, Ford puts up the actual numbers:

Other than me being unemployed, leaving our home of almost 23 years, our town of 31+ years, getting confused twice while driving, having the rig loaded the heaviest I ever have, and driving 400+ miles in one day, there was one more non-standard.

We were out of California. At 9:25 pm we crossed into Arizona. Some 11 hours later. Another non-standard for us, not being California residents.

I hope that the days to come bring many non-standard days as we have had many years of standard days and it is time for a new part of our lives.