Monday, January 27, 2014

Big push to the finish/start?

Golly Ned! It is cold outside. Like the rest of the country we are cold. To the bone! I don't go outside much when the weather is this bad so I'm going stir crazy! Snow and wheelchairs don't mix that well especially the knee high drift in my driveway. Glad we have a plow on the ATV.
Hopefully all this clears up and warms up just a bit so that we can finish final preparations to get out of here and go someplace warmer. Becky was plowing the drive and I told her my next drive needed to have radiant heat so we didn't need to plow. She said our next driveway should be someplace warm! Agreed!
In the mean time, we are clearing out the house and trying to get rid of the myriad of stuff that we have collected in 37 years of life and 6 years in this house. Boy, its a lot but its been nice and freeing. I didn't need 57 hoses for attaching a regulator to a scuba tank. Sold on eBay! Giving stuff away, selling stuff and going wow! I remember when or that as we go through the memories.
All the reservations are made through Phoenix. From there I'm not sure where we will go. Patrick announced that if he couldn't be home for his birthday he wanted to be in LA. What? Why? "Cause" he said.
A little more work on the trailer.

Patrick tries the smuggler's den under his bed. He fit!
I built a bench/storage area under the passenger side picture window over the wheel well. That was wasted space anyways so now we have more storage. I put a bike rack on the front of the trailer over the propane tanks. It is an Arvika made in Canada.

Not our camper (I thought I had taken a picture) this is what it looks like installed and with bikes on it. I bought new bolts because I didn't think that some of them were long enough but I like it and think it will work fine for Becky and Patrick's bikes. Mine will just ride in the trailer and sit outside. I've got a bike three wheel handcycle so it doesn't really fit anywhere.
   More cabinets to install and then we can load up. 17 days on my countdown ap.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 a Tahoe, don't know when I'll be back again

We decided to head out on Feb 14. I made plans to go dive Bonne Terre Mine with Columbus Scuba. Then from there we would set off on our grand adventure. Becky wants to see the NASCAR race in Phoenix, AZ for our anniversary. The race falls on March 2nd and our anniversary is on the 5th. Nine wonderful years!  This leaves two weeks to go from St. Louis area to Phoenix. Our route looks like this.

Trailer Remodeling

Gosh, I love a good project and getting ready to go travel has been fun. I tried my hand at cabinet building and really enjoyed it! So here's so pics of what I've done around the camper.
My printer cabinet. Hope we never get a bigger printer because the clearances are pretty tight. The fold down front has enough room to set the laptop. The lower picture shows the divisions in the lower cabinet.

Under Patrick's bunk, I made permanent storage. A place to smuggle my goods :-)

 Under the bed, there was originally a large storage space that could be accessed from under the bed or from the outside and this is where the spare tire was carried. I built drawers and enclosed the space to make them separate. I think that the drawers will be much more useful than a bunch of open space. In the last pic you can see a large storage space. The level was good for holding the mattress up out of my way.

I made this tool board to hold tools out of the way so they weren't sliding all over the place in the storage space. It is reserved for chocks, leveling blocks, water hoses and whatever else we need to shove in there. Yes, I'm taking the drill and impact driver!