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For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Feb 15, 2013

I Never Thought I Would Tire of Relaxing...

Went back for 2nd post op, yesterday, hoping to gain some freedom. Nope. Down for the count. All restrictions remain at least until April 3. No cheating! I will be doing aquatic physical therapy twice per week for 4-6 weeks. My belief that I'm healing was reinforced--I'm doing well I was told.

I just sent the trailer off to have everything fixed/updated on it. Since I couldn't bring it to them, they came and got it. Wild Willy's has done work for me before, and they're honest people running a small business. I'd rather give my money to them than to Camping World. One advantage is that if I can't pick it up I can store it there for $35.00 per month until I can get it. At this point I'm hoping I'm doing it for myself, but it may turn out that I'm doing it to sell. Everything depends on a prognosis that is somewhere out there in my future.

I'm getting everything fixed and improving some things. They will install an electric/gas hot water heater that I can turn on from the inside. It was a pain to try to light it from the outside. Otto has a brand new one that he's going to give me a break on. Have to replace the propane assembly that I dropped in TN. They're putting a new handle lock on the door (Hoorah for Terri and Wilson and the memories of that day). I decided to get a new water pump. It has new tires. I really, really hope I can take it west, again, and look forward to camping with the group of ladies who became such good friends. It will be on the east coast but the laughter around the campfires and all the fun that takes place when we camp together is something I've missed so much.

I'll try to sell the truck and trailer as a combo. I lived very comfortably in it for six months and I loved not having to worry about mountain passes, etc. I hope, if I do have to sell it, someone will enjoy it as much as I did (though that will be almost impossible). It will be better than new with a good Reese hitch anti sway fancy something or other and an electric hitch lift which I LOVE. As one man put it, pulling this combo is like having a flea on the bumper. Wise man.


15 comments:

  1. You behave yourself girl. We want you to be fully healed and able to go east or west or north or south. But I really do like it when the doc says you're making good progress.

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    1. Hi Sandi, thanks for stopping by. Yes, I was relieved to get good news and will do whatever I have to do to get back on my feet. Hearing from friends helps--especially those who know and love the joy of travel and camping. I hope I can get back to reading blogs, regularly, but as luck would have it my computer is giving me fits. My daughter may be able to take it over to the Apple Store. I can't sit long enough to troubleshoot! Very unusual for a Mac to give me trouble; I suspect I may need some additional memory. Hi to Jim. Thanks, again, for commenting.

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  2. Concentrate on the healing and getting back on the road to make more memories.

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    1. Hey, Joe!!

      Good advice-I'll take it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Yes... I'm with the others.. concentrate on healing .... hey to Jack.. what a face he has! you can just see the love ... sniff

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  4. Caroline!! Great if you to stop in. Tomorrow, I'm going to use Susan's computer to read some blogs--want to catch up on where everyone is--wondering if I'll find you still at that great beach. I love the way you "wander" and hope I can get back to it if things work out in my favor.

    Thanks for your comment about Jack. I do believe he is the Peter Pan of dogs! Keep blogging and taking pictures-gives me hope. :)

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  5. So very happy to hear your Dr. saying your doing great.
    Really nice rig and truck. Hope which ever you choice to keep or sell works out. I am going to sell my trailer up north and try to buy a raised roof van. I will turn it into a camper and wander.

    Hope Susan can get your laptop fixed. Take care and I am cheering for your recovery.

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    1. Hi Jo,

      I'm so hoping to be able to use the trailer, again, but it all depends upon the outbcome of all this back stuff. It has been a great combination. I wish you good luck with a van-I've thought about it but don't have a car and selling the truck and trailer wouldn't give me enough to buy a van. Hope you'll share stories about your wanderings.

      Another obstacle is Jack's age. I used a ramp for him to get up into the truck as a precaution after his surgery--it's big and awkward so I don't know if I'll be able to lift it. I don't think there are too many that are lighter on the market but it is something I'll look into. Smooches to Fred. :)

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  6. I've been down in the everglades with no internet and was really happy to see this post from you on my return to cyberspace. Don't think about selling. You are going to get through all this and back on the road with the girls. April 3 is only 45 days away.

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  7. Hi, Sherry. April 3 is a "maybe" date. I went along on your kayak voyages. My Mac is back on board except for mail--can't figure out the settings. This whole new cloud thing has me muddled. My brain is "in" cyberspace" as I try to remember how to do settings, etc. Thanks, as always for checking in. :)

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  9. Catching up here with you. Happy to hear you are making good progress, and follow your doctor's advice! As much as you would like to be able to do more, just allow your body time to heal. Glad you are getting the trailer fixed up. Hope you can come our way sometime. Really would enjoy showing you around our area here!

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  10. I entertain myself, Russ, by thinking how wonderful it would be to meet the bloggers I've come to "know". Really just a modern version of Pen Pals. I would love to meet you and Donna. When/if I get back out, it will be so much fun to have general destinations and at each destination a wonderful couple to meet and enjoy. Lots of campfire stories. That was my favorite part about camping with the women's group that I belong to--laughter around the campfire...er, well, all day long. :)

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  11. Hi, Jack. I saw your post on the Escapees website and am very impressed. I'm a solo man about to jump into the RV life, and - like you - had spinal surgery. I thought it would limit my RVing. I had a laminectomy on my lower 2 L and top S vertebrae. Please don't give up hope. It was a struggle to find appropriate rehab care but I finally found a superb trainer who has me back better than pre-op. Core strength training was the key for me. Maybe for you too? Gorgeous truck and trailer, young man. I've referred your post to friends of mine who are might be interested. They're also dog-lovers like you. HANG IN THERE!

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  12. Every now and again you run into someone who is just plain nice. Thanks for writing, Joe. Anyone who knows me and sees Jack B. Nimble knows it's really a white-haired old lady writing. Sorry, but I'd like to think you would have said the same thing to me. :) Jack is my labrador retriever and "he wrote" the blog on our trip out west. I'm hoping beyond hope that it will be me who uses the trailer, again. I have, what looks like a bird cage, inside of me.

    Thank you for passing the word on to your friends. If it's necessary to sell I would make it a very good deal to another dog lover. Jack and I had such a blast wandering around out in the west--incredible Country we have. Thanks, again, for writing, Joe.

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