Hofmeisters Sidetracked in Colorado
Barb entered University Hospital at 6 a.m. on July 5 ready for surgery. The four hour operation went well and a large hiatal hernia was repaired as well as the pyloric valve.
"I had had 12 major operations before this one, and this one was the most uncomfortable," said Barb shortly after being released from the hospital. "I hurt all over, and I still had a hard time eating and breathing."
Most recently, Barb said she is feeling great and that the surgery fixed both the eating and breathing problems. And as a bonus, she has lost over 15 pounds and still losing. She is walking four miles daily and eating slowly---something she learned to do after surgery. Because the esophagus had been tampered with (both before and during surgery) she had episodes of spasms after eating if she didn't chew her food thoroughly.
Barb commented, "I learned that I don't eat as much if I put my fork down after each mouthful and chew my food. When I am full I quit, and I am not eating nearly as much as I used to. I feel like a new person."
Barb especially liked all the wonderful care she got from Dr. Pomerantz (the thoracic surgeon), and Dr. Jones who assisted during surgery. Always available for moral support were assistants known only by their first names---Sue (Dr. Pomerantz's right arm), and resident, Dr. Elizabeth.
Ron normally gets his physical in Michigan by his “regular” doctor. Barb thought that since they were going to be in the Denver area for awhile, he should get his physical while here. She didn't wait for him to argue and went to the Yellow Pages to find a nearby doctor for him even before she knew the date of her surgery. She didn't have to look far---Dr. Werner Baumgarten an internal medicine doctor with offices nearby sounded good. The first available appointment was made (July 13th). Ron wanted to cancel when it turned out to be on the day after Barb came home from the hospital; he didn't want to leave her alone.
"After all," he argued, "it's just a routine physical." But Barb reminded him that he had already made a special trip to get the fasting blood work done and rescheduling might be difficult. She just begged him to go and promised that she would be okay.
"I wanted to wait until we went back to Michigan at Christmas and see my regular doctor, but Barb convinced me that Christmas time was no time to try to squeeze in a physical," said Ron.
After the physical, he came home to share bad news. The blood test (PSA) which screens for prostate cancer was not only positive but very high (37). Dr. Baumgarten made an appointment for Ron to see Dr. Abernathy, an urologist, at nearby Lutheran Medical Center.
After talking with the couple and examining Ron, Dr. Abernathy made an appointment to do a biopsy of the prostate. A week after that exam, the doctor called and said that four of the six samples were malignant. He wanted Ron to have a bone scan and another blood test to see if the cancer had spread.
On July 29, the Hofmeisters met with Dr. Abernathy to discuss the options. The good news was that the bone scan and blood test were both negative. But the doctor was still very concerned with the high PSA test and felt that surgery was the best solution because it would allow for a couple of lymph nodes near the prostate to be removed and sent to the lab for pathology exam after they begin and before any further surgery is done. If the lymph nodes are benign, the doctor will remove the prostate and hopefully that will be the end of the cancer. If the lymph nodes are malignant, they will not remove the prostate and instead will close. Cancerous lymph nodes mean the cancer has spread and radiation or hormone therapy is then the recommended treatment.
To look at Ron, you would not know that anything is wrong. He says he feels great and has no symptoms.
"And that is the danger," commented Ron. "We never know what's going on in our bodies and it often takes an annual physical to find out. No doubt, a loving nagging wife helps, but whatever the case, don't neglect that annual hysical."
He concluded with a favorite saying of his. "You play with the cards that you are dealt."
Everyone is betting that he wins this hand.
Since four Texas teams have now joined the Big Eight conference, some of the locals here are calling the new conference, the Dirty Dozen.
Many here suspect that the gas station owners are having lunch together. In the Denver area gasoline is $1.339 (.10 to .15 cheaper outside of Denver). Kinda makes me glad that we are setting still.
Missing baseball? See a Little League game---those kids know what baseball is all about.
We have noticed many driving with their car windows rolled down. Normally it's cooler here and many don't feel the need to include A/C in their cars. That may change. So far, they've had 54 days over 90 degrees and still counting.
We are very blessed with loving friends and family. We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of cards, notes and letters during Barb's illness. You are special people.
Lutheran Memorial Hospital (where I will hang out for a few days) is less than 5 miles from our campground. That will be handy for Barb. She promises to bring me a Wall Street Journal every day. Maybe I'll even get a hug or two.
The new Denver airport has made the national news. I won't attempt to
explain the baggage handling problem, since those in charge of building
it, don't understand it either. This retired accountant does know that
it costs them a million dollars a day each day the opening is delayed (one
year so far). As my grandkids would say..."Awesome!"
(Remember that this report was written many years ago and the restaurants
may or may not be in business or as they were.)
These are all in Colorado
Kenrow's, in Golden. Great breakfasts, served hot and fast. The special is two eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns and all the pancakes you can eat for only $2.69.
Holly West, in Wheatridge. Mexican food at it's finest. This place is always packed, but the service is fast, so the wait will never be long. They also have large portions of whatever you order. Try the “tocorito” which is their own invention. It is a cross between a taco and a burrito. Very good!
Beaujo's Pizza, Idaho Springs (and several other locations near
Denver) features "Mountain Pies --- Colorado Style Pizza." The list of
toppings and sauces are endless. For example you may choose a terriyaki
sauce and appropriate toppings for your pizza. We choose the traditional
tomato sauce and pepperoni. We weren't very adventuresome were we? One
also has a choice of five crust thicknesses which range from crispy to
extra thick (allow 30 minutes for baking this one). Again we took the norm
and it was delicious. The crust is extra high on the edges and they suggest
using the honey on the tables on that crust---it then becomes the dessert.
Don't miss this place especially in the historic old building in Idaho
by Carol StewartSince there are no two people who are alike, there are no two couples who live the same---even as full-timers. Carol Stewart (a retired teacher) and her husband Dick are fairly new full-timers and we thought you would like to hear another's ideas on this lifestyle.
Safety first. When leaving a campground for a jaunt in the towed (or tow) vehicle, remove the campground's sticker, so that if you leave your car parked, it will not be obvious to others where there is an unoccupied vehicle waiting to be burglarized.
Have code names or signals (we use our given names, Richard and Carol Lynn), when crowds or folks around us bear special watching.
Go to the ATM together. I watch the street; he watches the machine. We're not much of a defense, but we look like we're alert and that may help.
Books. Read, read, read, then trade for more at a used book store. Keeps the cost down; keeps the book population from multiplying in the RV. Get rid of magazines at laundromats, but get rid of them.
Nails & skin. Mine are drying faster than the Sahara desert. Buy rubber gloves, use them; my nails split to the quick probably from more house cleaning, living outdoors 100%, some stress. But gloves are helping. Pile on the moisturizers to prevent road maps everywhere.
Scheduling. Let's face it, January can be a month that's difficult to celebrate. The grass is brown right down to Florida Gulf Coast; the flowers and trees, even there, are closed for the season. The "stay-put" people have made friends; the real gypsies sometimes wonder what to do next. It's a good month for visiting family; they need an after Christmas pep up too. Or how about medical exams? Certainly teeth and other parts should be checked at least once a year. Do it in dreary January. Another calendar filler is having the car tuned or checked, or a once over on the motorhome.
Campground notes. Rec hall=Bingo, and other games played here. Shaded= narrow roads, not good for long, wide rigs with satellites, better to look for "open flat campsites."
Mail. Oh joy! What fun it is when that red, white and blue envelope comes to the little post office somewhere en-route. First I look over all the mail and sort business from pleasure and take care of business first. I carefully read each letter from unseen friends then put them away for a few days until I re-read before answering. Again I put them away for re-reading during the void of no mail. Finally they get discarded (you just can't keep it all). However, important cards and special notes can line drawers and cupboards and when I hit the bottom of the drawer, there's an old friend to say "hello."
Friendship cards. Get some business cards printed with your picture on them to help folks remember you.
Private time. A trip to the campground shower room can be a nice
moment away from home or spouse. Prepare a bag with all the goodies: soap,
shampoo, conditioner, etc. Keep it ready to go anytime. I put in some extra
underwear, a "step on" towel and a plastic bag for the wet wash cloth.
Store a pair of loose sweats with the bag so you can wear them back home.
Fireplace. I miss our fireplace. Dick bought a fireplace video. It raises chuckles with friends.
Entertaining. Keep on hand appetizers and packaged quick-to-make desserts. Dick is always bringing another couple in for talk. He searches them out because I'm usually writing or reading up on the sights of the area. So I like to be a hostess quickly, and I don't have to think of what to serve. It can be just as simple as popcorn, nuts or candy.
Writing box. Use your old brief case as a writing case. Keep pens, paper, address book, calendar, and a pocket atlas in it. I take mine to the laundromat.
Cook's day off. We carry one or two frozen entrees in our freezer. After a long ride, I micro these entrees; add a salad and a roll for a fast dinner! No fuss, no mess and a little cook relief.
The dining table. I use permanent press placements and napkins. It seems more like home. They wash easily with the regular laundry. We use napkin rings so they can be used several days in a row. Saves trees and guests are astounded.
Wrong turns. Dick doesn't get so upset with my navigational errors now. He just sees it as a new road we wouldn't have taken otherwise. What a relief!
Mud rug. Keep a rug just inside the entry door for people to wipe their feet on. Buy two or three and keep them washed up. It makes the entrance inviting and saves the carpeting.
Climate. Understand that whatever the weather outside, you are
part of it. Humidity in an RV is greater than in a house. Wind really rocks
the RV and it always rains the day after washing the rig. Several days
of gloom can produce people gloom---a good time to go see a movie, clean
drawers or fire up the engine and head for a change of clouds.
by Donna Lincoln
June 6, 1994. We are on the way. We entered Canada this a.m. at Sweetgrass north of Great Falls, Montana. The first thing we noticed was the metric system. Of course Earl had done his homework and was able to convert easily, but I hadn't paid much attention to such things and was utterly confused.
We are at Coloway RV Park this evening, west of Calgary. We plan to go to Banff tomorrow and Lake Louise. Hwy 1. So far the roads have been excellent. All the dis tances are in kilometers, so I spent a lot of time figuring out how far it is to the next town.
June 6, 1994. Drove to Jasper, Alberta, and saw Lake Louise. Had lunch at the Chateau, then drove on Hwy 32 to Grand Prairie. Lots of RV's and campers on the road. Roads paved and in good shape. Several construction sites. The highways are signed adequately with information.
June 8, 1994. Drove to Fort Nelson---Hwy 2 & 97. Rained all day. The roads between Wovowon and Fort Nelson (Hwy 97) are loose gravel in several places and several construction sites. Gas is running $1.30 a gallon and parking is about $14-$15 with full hook-ups. Of course we have about a 34-35% exchange rate. Parking and gas stations are plentiful and haven't had any trouble finding either. Tomorrow will go to Watson Lake in Yukon Territory. Use information centers and 800 num bers for road conditions.
June 15, 1994. We have arrived, but what a ride! From Fort Nelson on to Anchorage the roads were rough, lots of gravel and construction. We had lots of rain on the way up, so the construction areas were muddy and sloppy. When we arrived at Watson Lake, we looked like a mud pie. We spent the evening washing the pick-up and trailer.
The big logging trucks drive pretty fast on the gravel roads. We received a couple of good hits with gravel, but just a few paint chips.
At the construction sites, you mingle with the big equipment and try to stay out of their way as much as possible. On the positive side, the scenery is beautiful and there are lots of things to see and do on the way up. Most of the attractions are pretty expensive, so don't forget the pocket book. We didn't stop at most of these places, just enjoyed the outdoors. Camping is reasonable for full hook-ups. Gas is high, someplace $2.00 a gallon (figured American). But we are happy to be here.
We are going down the Kenai River clamming next week---up to Fairbanks and fishing in July.
P.S. The roads are subject to change all the time as they are working on them most of the summer, so apparently we came at an extremely bad time.
July 17, 1994. I am waiting for Earl to get up. We are on our way to Eagle River. We have been to Fairbanks to the State Square Dance Festival, so I thought I would give you an update.
The roads in Alaska are fairly good. The Seward Highway and the Sterling Highway on the Kenai peninsula are very good. The Parks Highway from Anchorage to Fairbanks is a good highway, as are all the roads around the major cities. The Richardson and Glenallen Highways are in poor condition and there is construction on the Glenallen.
RV parks in Fairbanks are expensive as they have to haul water and pump their sewage. Most places charge extra to dump because of this. The bright side is that most Wal-Mart, Fred Meyers and the larger chains will let you park in their lots and some of them have electric because in the winter they plug in their cars. Also we found that some Fred Meyers have dumps and water.
Food is expensive as is dining out. Traffic is congested because of so few roads. I think we will be starting home soon. Am enclosing an article that was in the local newspaper. It is pretty congested on the highways and they don't like us (tourists) fishing their waters.
Excerpts from RVs get too many brakes by Craig Medred which appeared in the Anchorage Daily News 7-10-94
"... Got 6,954 cars strung out behind this Winnebago from here all the way back to Eagle River.
Got 6,954 drivers going nuts, and 3,395 wives saying, 'Just relax, Harry. There's nothing you can do about it,' and 11,321.4 kids screaming, 'Dad, why are we only going 12 mph?'
Why? you ask.
Why? Because seven out of 10 drivers of Alaska recreational road-toys (i.e., motorhomes, or trailers---be they house, horse, boat or ATV) are thoughtless jerks. And the rest often can't find a place to pull over to let traffic pass, though there are a handful of commendable drivers out there who will do all they can to help the traffic stuck behind them.
On the Sterling Highway just past Skilak Loop Road, I actually saw a motorhome driver with a big-boat trailer ease over onto the shoulder and wave around the following traffic when it was safe to pass.
It was such shock I nearly drove off the road.... That's why I've been thinking what the 49th state needs is recreation-vehicle hours....
Say we had a law that prohibited motorhomes, trailers and similar recreational
toys on the pavement from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m....."
My wife and I are planning to become full-timers next spring after our house sells. We read your book,... and were very impressed with the down-to earth, easy to understand information. As you suggested in your book, we're doing our planning & research well in advance of actually committing to this new lifestyle. This explains my subscription to your newsletter. Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your book. It removed much of the apprehension we had about making such a drastic change. Again, great job.
Gerald & Brenda Irish
Full-timers at last!
At last! Finally! The place is sold....We have unloaded the house, 90% of all our stuff, and we are nearly stateside....
Your cover piece on Colorado was brilliant. I can hardly wait to be there. In fact the entire July edition is splendid. I must try to keep a little balance over the sale and the move. We are both on a high and some what over-excited. Life is wonderful!....
Robin & Victoria Jenkinson
Welcome to the world of full-timing and welcome to the United States. Hope to finally be able to meet you along the way real soon. Have fun! Ron & Barb
Liked the stories in the book
...After reading the book, I too would like to extend my compliments---the nuts and bolts of the information contents was well presented as well as the physiological as pect or "mind set" required to become a full-timer. The story features were most entertaining. Please rest assured I will promote the book at every opportunity. Please include me in your newsletter list. Enclosed is my check to cover the next six issues.
RVers share information & advice
I finally found the minutes needed to read your July Movin' On, Colorado. Your “change of plans” news of your surgery dismayed us and we hope by now you are on the mend. Though we've never met face to face, we feel you are a personal friend through your warm, personal and informative newsletter. It's your turn to be pampered and I'm sure you are probably finding it a bit difficult staying put after all your "Movin' On" for so long.
We are really loving our new Jayco Travel Trailer and will be leaving August 1, for our one month stint as campground hosts at Crystal Lake State park in the beautiful Northern Highlands Forest in Vilas County, Wisconsin.
Everything is still so new to us but we're finding that RVing attracts those with lots of experience to share info and advice and we're listening.
Marlyn & Bernie Mc Gaver
It's countdown time
...I can't believe I am writing you this next sentence. We have a "for
sale" sign in front of the house. We just placed an order for a 36' Kountry
Aire 1995 5th wheel tri-axle, that means we will be full-timers! (It seems
like I am talking about someone else but know full well, it's Bill and
I will take a keyboard (the new one does everything but wash your car), Bill will have his lap-top and laser printer. Outside of a few clothes we really can't take a lot. Of course, I'll need my file, you suggested, of all the points of interest throughout the country. I am worried about being able to take a 36' wherever we want to go. I felt, maybe, wrongly, if I was going to live in it the rest of my life, I needed a little space. It's going to be interesting....
Pat & Bill Feight
Must get to Colorado & Silver City
... Your Movin' On newsletter is so full of neat letters and updates on places to see, campgrounds to visit or not visit and food-food-food. We sometimes think you are eating your way across the U.S. Just saw a short on TV last week about GRD [gastrointestinal reflux disease]. Hope you are as bouncy as the lady was after her surgery.
Silver City is a place we have wanted to see for a long time. But as most people, we just pass on by down hwy 10, and don't take the opportunity to drive there. Also Colorado---our trip took us thru the state. Next time we'll spend time there. Sounds so beautiful....
Jim & Barbara Bohn
Also fell in love with Colorado
...I always enjoy Movin' On and was especially tickled to read about your love affair with Colorado---the same thing has happened to me both times I've been there. Plumb fell in love with a whole STATE.
Whenever you are up to eating normal food again, you might drive through
a little town called Granby and see if a restaurant named "Doan's" is still
there. In 1983, I enjoyed a world-class meal there. It's a simple, modest
family cafe', but everything was fresh and prepared to perfection---from
the salad bar and green beans to the chicken-fried steak and banana cream
pie. Other favorite Colorado memories are:
Take care, and keep up the great adventure-chronicling in Movin' On. Hope to meet you in person some day. My husband and I plan to hit the road just as soon as we can!
Loaned book out---mistake?
I (we) saw you first on the TV show and then met you when I purchased your book at the CCC rally in San Antonio. Tried hard to hear you both at the seminar, but conditions were so poor---maybe next time. Have loaned your book to my sister, who will be a full timer soon, as my husband and I are; the only problem---probably will never get it back!! John and I retired December 1993 and are traveling in our 34', 1993 Bounder. Are planning a trip to eastern Canada, Nova Scotia---will spend August and early September in that beautiful country. We feel that we have been truly blessed to be able to enjoy our country, meet such nice people and have new adventures daily. We wish you the best and look forward to meeting you again!
John and Bernadine Vanderkuyl
Buy with future lifestyle in mind
Love your book. I've read it and re-read it. Although it'll be years before we can consider full-timing, your book is already helping me prepare. I now buy with our future lifestyle in mind.
Thanks for a great book! I saw you on Good Morning America. At that time I was scouring libraries and bookstores for information on full-timing! I thank God he led me to turn on the TV just as your interview started! Thanks again.
Colorado story rekindled memories
... Loved your latest Movin' On. I too loved Colorado when I was in Denver for six months in 1933. I spent a summer there with Ray Marshall [a cousin]. He taught me to drive a 16 cylinder Stutz and I started appreciating girls. (Lookout Mountain here we come).... Tell all your family we said “howdy” when you converse with them.
George (& Audrey) Dodd (Barb's uncle)
Feel like a family member
... I read the newsletters immediately on arrival from beginning to end. It's like getting a letter from a family member. Must be because it's a family letter to your family too. Well I'm now part of that family and I love being adopted.
I am looking forward to retirement and full-timing. I have decided (at this time) to go 5th wheel and truck since I have driven a truck for years.
Janet, We feel the same way about all of you who write---one large, wonderful, supportive family. It is especially exciting when one of you catches up with us. Barb
Been caught in a whirlwind
... we have been a BIT BUSY!!! We had our house on the market Sept/Oct of '93---off Nov-Dec; listed it again in Jan of '94 and it sold the day of the real estate open house, and since then it has been a whirlwind! (I had expected to have months to sort, and garage sell, and decide on an RV.) Also in January we went to another RV show....we saw our first American Eagle by Fleetwood and we fell in love!! It was a combination of nearly everything we had on our “wish list” (we had kept a list in our computer of each brand/model/amenities that we liked)....
Have lots to do before Jerry retires (Jan 24,'95); since we moved in such a hurry I have two storage units to sort and sell (did have two garage sales and sold all the furniture before we moved, but still---). So much to learn about these RVs too---everything quite different from a house---but such fun as I love new experiences. We have utilized many of your hints/ideas from your book and newsletters---I have saved them all...for places to see, helpful hints, etc. We have a 38' diesel pusher so we will have to bear the consequences of not being able to get into some parks, but our basement storage is big and it includes a small freezer in one storage area. Even tho I drove our smaller RV (22'), I need to get some driving experience in this big one (at some vacant shopping mall parking lot) before driving on the highway. My husband used to drive school buses during college so he does an excellent job; we will tow a Suzuki 4 door Sidekick which they say should tow fine. Besides, this is great fun living in a RV park---such friendly people---lots of new friends already!
Terry & Jerry Rensink
Love the adventure stories
Thanks for "An Alternative Lifestyle..." I'm 73 years [young], an RVer for 12 years and still love to read or hear other folks ideas and experiences.
This 'N That
It was fall of 1989 and Ron and I were camped at Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina. It was beautiful, but the no-see-ums were so bad from late afternoon on, that we hibernated inside and never got to know our neighbor. I bought a watercolor kit in the park store to pass evening time, but couldn't make those colors move; I was used to working with oils.
The morning our neighbor left, we finally got to meet them. I'll never forget that it wasn't until Frank and Frances Wright were leaving that we discovered he was a watercolor artist. I could have let him be my teacher; we were side by side and didn't get to know them. Frank sent me a lovely water color that Christmas and it hangs over the mirror in our Bounder so I see it everyday. We have corresponded all these years, but never met again. Frank died July 8, 1994 after a long struggle with a brain tumor. Frank and Frances were married 49 ½ years. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Frances and the family.
If you've read our book, you know that we took very little with us when we started out in our 24' Mallard. One of the things we decided we could do without were bathrobes etc. I even left behind all my nice nightgowns in favor of two short ones which took up less space. I never thought about having surgery. We had to go shopping for such things and now we are going to buy Ron a bathrobe before his surgery.
Remember the frustration when ready to leave a hopsital; you have to wait and wait for someone to wheel you out to the car? At University Hospital they don't do that; is this new policy everywhere? We walked unescorted, from my 5th floor room. How nice!
Did any of you pick up the September issue of Word Perfect Magazine? There is a whole section on folks who work out of their home and we are in there. Nice article; we've had lots of letters inquiring about our book and newsletter.
Good thing we did the book when we did, because Word Perfect is no longer offering the kind of free telephone support that they did. They were such a help to me. In fact, they no longer answer any questions about WP5.1 (our version) because they have newer versions.
Speaking of magazines, we are going to be advertising in Cooking Light starting in October of this year. I picked up the latest issue so I could order their recipe software and we noticed that the rates for their ads were very reasonable and it reaches 3.8 million readers.
We no longer own property (15 ½ acres of hardwood) in northern Michigan. It sold just before I went into the hospital. I had decided that I didn't want to live in the woods anyway; the trees block out a lot of sunshine (scarce in Michigan).
We were delighted to have my daughter, Glenda and her two children come to visit. We put them up in the near by motel and enjoyed showing them the sights of the Denver area. We hadn't seen Erkki since he was born. Liisa has grown a lot since those days when we had her with us in Yosemite too.
There's lots going on in around this area; one (in a fixed house or RV) could be kept real busy. There are concerts, art shows, plays, festivals and so on. The paper here is full of such goings-on. And there is a Blockbuster video store less than two miles away, so we have been overdosing on old movies that we had missed. We made it to several matinees to see some new ones too.
Carol Stewart whose article appears on page 4, was kind of complaining in her last note to us. She wants to be able to go to a library and not have to rush; she's tired of touring. In their 18 months as full-timers, they have moved nearly every couple of days. They ARE living like they are on vacation and it gets old after a while. Slow down, Carol and Dick! It's still lots of fun and staying in a place for a week or month still gives a great feeling of freedom. You know that if things don't work out, you can always leave. I'm afraid they are going to get burned out.
We got our Library of Congress number just before the newest printing of our book was done so we were able to include that on the proper page.
Camping World will be handling our book starting any day. We approved the ad they will run in the winter catalog; it will be on sale then. We can't wait to get going and start doing the seminars at all their stores. We really like doing them because we get to meet so many of you that way.
Speaking of Camping World, did you know that since spring, they now do repairs and warranty work on RVs? Prior to that they only did installation on new purchases. And if you ever want a place to park for the night, just pull into any Camping World parking lot. They really put out the welcome sign.
You know that Golden, Colorado, is the home of the Coors Brewery. Golden which is not a large town, has another brewery. Golden City Brewery advertises that "they are the second largest brewery in Golden." Cute!
I hope you'll bear with us while we are not traveling (no travel log).
I have a couple of real good articles planned for the next issue (hopefully
the first of October---just before we leave here). One is on fires in RVs;
the other is about batteries and was written for us by expert, Noel Kirkby.
And we will introduce you to full-timers, Bob & Ellie Henderson who
stopped by for a visit and showed off their 18 .5 foot Lindy motorhome
that we have been reading about.
the United States. Serious work began in March of 1992, when they found a 1967 GMC school bus for sale. After completely gutting it and extending the roof to allow for a loft bed, they began the inside conversion.
This 13' 4" tall coach is beautiful inside, and every inch is cleverly used. All the way to the rear is the children's bedroom complete with desks (the couple home school the children). The bunk beds are positioned so one runs parallel with the rear of the coach and the other runs vertical on the street side a few feet over the other one.
Ron and Theo's bed is a very high loft in the center (with ladder facing from front to rear) under which is their desk (curb side) and bathroom (street side). Up in the loft are book shelves and a TV---all the comforts one could ask for.
The ceiling is still high in the kitchen area allowing for plenty of cupboards, book shelves, plant shelves, counter space, stove, oven, refrigerator and free standing dining table.
Up front behind the driver's seat is a conventional sofa (much more comfortable than those found in most RVs) and across from that are a couple of occasional chairs.
Ron who is the owner of a professional photo finishing lab near San Francisco, did not sell the lab nor did they sell their house. A manager runs the lab and tenants rent the house.
Their two year trip started in March of 1992 and as it is nearing it's end they are feeling sad.
When asked what adjustments the kids had to make, Theo answered, "They have learned to make friends fast."
Ron said, "It's been a pretty remarkable---almost spiritual trip."
We enjoyed their company; they are a neat family. When they left us,
they were heading to cover the central states and were trying to figure
out how they could find some way to keep going forever.
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