A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE IS A LOT OF WORK

By: joealaska , 1:58 AM GMT on March 11, 2014

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SUNDAY... A week from today I will be on the way to Long Island. Drive a good day, pull over somewhere for the night, then finish the ride next day. I anticipate pulling into Smithtown sometime in the afternoon. Making a loop of it and returning via Cleveland.

Yes, I agree. The blog is stuck in a trough of inaction. I have mainly been concentrating on the details of moving out of the apartment and into the RV. A couple days ago I checked out some RV campgrounds. A couple were in state parks.

First was Taylorsville Lake SP, about 35 miles southwest of Louisville. The location is good in that it is not really near an interstate. People will have to WANT to go there, versus stopping in for the night. The campground is closed until April 1, but the gate was open and I rode through. The grounds were well maintained, and I noticed each space seemed to have plenty of room. Open spaces backing up to trees and forest. First place I looked at and it seemed to be worth considering.

I headed north to Shelbyville via many winding narrow Kentucky roads. A typical state map does not help here. There is a maze of these back roads here, and the map can only put in so much. I went with dead reckoning, not really lost, but not sure where I would pop out of the woods. It was a good day for a ride, and I was in no huge hurry. I checked out Guist Creek in Shelbyville, more of a boat dock than a campground. I moved on, north again to Carrollton on the Ohio River.

General Butler State Park. I have some history here, having camped out there over a weekend way back in high school. I also played the golf course just last year. This place is about 50 miles away from the folks house, but it is all interstate. This campground was more in the trees than Taylorsville. But the sites seemed to be pretty close to each other.

I am guessing these parks will not be very busy at that time of year, will be finding out more info tomorrow and make a reservation somewhere.

I need to stay somewhere for about 5 weeks. These parks ain’t cheap. They do not offer extended stay rates. As a matter of fact, they limit your stay to 14 days. Hopefully there will not be many campers and it will not be a problem.

Never a dull day.

TUESDAY... A great day ijn Louisville. 70 degrees, a bit overcast, and a good breeze. Dotmom had a friend who is an Rv owner, so w all met for a question and answer session. Very helpful.

Then I played the first 9 holes of the year at a local municipal course, Crescent Hill.

Nobody got hurt.

Technically.

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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:17 AM GMT on March 17, 2014
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9. Arbie
8:45 PM GMT on March 16, 2014
Dotmom I enjoyed your info on bananas. Who knew? Too bad they are so high in sugar. But I may start eating more bananas in moderation.

Dave I hope Miranda Star is still weathering everything as well as she has been.

I guess Joe is on his way to Long Island. Stay warm!

We took a road trip to South Texas for spring break. We hit a border patrol check point that we didn't know about on the way back from the beach. No exciting drug busts though. The road wound for several miles parallel-ish to the Rio Grande very close so I guess that's why the check point was there. Boca Chica Beach. Tokers should probably stay away from that beach.
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8. dotmom
6:38 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
Bananas!!! Ylee: Look at this epistle!!!

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:


Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.


Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.


Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.


Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.


PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.


Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.


Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.


Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.


Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.


Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.


Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.


Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

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PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.

Amazing fruit !!!
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7. lotis2
4:37 PM GMT on March 13, 2014

Dotmom: I don't have experience myself, just what friends have told me about theirs.

We have an RV Park at work. It used to be open year round. Now just for the summer months. People used to live there all year. I think the rent was about $450.00 (give or take) a month. It included everything in all the hook-ups. They could even use the pool at the hotel and had laundry and shower facilities. They still can when its open in the summer months.

I do know you have to use heat tape in the winter to keep the water flowing (both ways).

Dotmom, check your mail box, I sent you an update.
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6. dotmom
12:22 AM GMT on March 13, 2014
lotis2: Too funny, but I hear what you are saying. I hope Joe is filing all these tips away for the day he takes off in this big vehicle. I can see where a lot of you have experience with RVs.
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5. lotis2
8:44 PM GMT on March 12, 2014

Yes Joe avoid the overhanging tree branches. Mostly on narrow roads when your driving slow.

The sound of them scraping against the metal top and sides is like finger nails on a chalk board.

You won't be able to see where you're going with Fluff and Dutchie hanging off you face. Not to mention trying to get their claws out of your scalp.

Their eyes will be so big from the sound, they won't be able to close them for a week.

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4. osdianna
4:34 PM GMT on March 11, 2014
Did I miss something? What's in Smithtown? Or is this "just" another road trip...in the car? RV?

Another chapter in your interesting life is about to begin, and we are going along for the ride. I was thinking about this blogging thing, and the way it sort of exploded on the scene; can't help thinking about those first computers and now looking at where they have gone from there. As the old Grateful Dead song says, "What a long, strange trip it's been."



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3. ycd0108
1:56 PM GMT on March 11, 2014
I luv the name for your new home.
We will be taking to a Dodge Leisure LSS (which to me reads: leisureless) soon.
If you ever head west find YCD Airport and WUmail me or just shout: "Hey! Joe's here!"
There's a golf course:
http://www.cottonwoodgolfcourse.com/
also within shouting distance.
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2. insideuk
11:59 AM GMT on March 11, 2014
Overhanging tree branches give a good wallop if you don’t spot ‘em in time too…

They don’t put those buggers on the maps either.

I think essentially, so long as you don’t get in a muddle between State Parks and Skate Parks, you should be fine. Then again, skateboards are just former bits of overhanging tree with wheels attached, in the hands of teenagers looking for a way to injure themselves. You only really need concern yourself if you find some youths rubbing wax on your rails.

Then you should set Dutchie on them.

If you can persuade her to come down out of that tree…


Avoid trees.

It’ll be fine…. I’m certain…..I have faith in you…. And even if it isn’t it will give me endless hours of entertainment to read about it on the blog and take the piss mercilessly.

I am absolutely reliable thusly.



It got warm here on Sunday, we went right up to 19c / 66f with clear blue skies and sunshine. It was wall to wall noisy lawn mowing, unfit folks on bicycles with pasty white legs and bright red faces and panic buying of barbeque briquettes and bread buns right across England.

My lazy arse watched a Bonnie and Clyde DVD and enjoyed demolishing a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings.


The lawn remains a little on the tufty side.

My legs remain a great deal on the bluish white end of the official pasty skin colour spectrum. But they are never knowingly tufty.

I get this kid in to wax my rails…
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1. fieryknight
3:57 AM GMT on March 11, 2014
Joe, you probably want to be very mindful of the height of your RV in the event a back road might contain a excessively steep, narrow or low bridge that could cause you problems. I would recommend a membership in Goodsam club. I'm a member and it has come in handy. As far as extended stay locations, an RV park would be a cheaper and better suggestion as they would work with you on rates. State parks aren't in the business to do this. Enjoy your new home!
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