The first half of February we hit the weather lotto. We had mostly sunny days with some days in the 50’s and even a day around 60. This helped us finish our move out of our townhouse ahead of schedule. It also allowed us to visit with family and friends in the triad and triangle (i.e. middle of the state) without the stress of the move looming over us.
It seems that our weather luck ran out about the time we arrived in Casar (Western NC foothills) just over a week ago. About ten miles from our new temporary home with Jessie’s parents, snow flurries began to fall. We quickly unloaded the truck as the snow turned to sleet and persisted for a good 12 hours. We woke the next day to a nice .5-.75 sheet of ice that mostly turned to slush by mid-day and made for a good workout with a snow shovel.
Despite the weather, we got to work getting settled into Jessie’s childhood bedroom and most importantly into Moby the RV. A big part of my work since we’ve arrived has been an upgrade of the RV electrical system so that we can have AC and DC power (you’re welcome for getting Back in Black stuck in your head for the rest of the day). After a couple of days lying on concrete in 20 degree weather for hours at a time, we now have a 1000 watt pure/true sine wave inverter connected to 215 amp hours of battery capacity with a remote switch and an AC outlet wired in the living quarters. And we have a portable 100 watt solar system to help keep some charge in the batteries while we are wild camping/boondocking/living off the grid. This is a pretty straight forward project if you know what you’re doing. I don’t. Or at least I didn’t a week ago. So I probably took more time than necessary, but we wanted it done right and we wanted an easy-to-use system. Anyway, I could geek out about this for hours, but I’ll save that for a future post after I’m confident everything works as expected (preliminary tests suggest they do).
Jessie has been a machine since we arrived. Organizing, cleaning, laundering, and planning. She really should have worked for NASA. I’m convinced she’d have a colony on Mars by now. We’ve spent a good bit of time scrutinizing every single item that will go with us on this journey. While our RV has plenty of storage, we are most concerned about weight. For example, after stocking the kitchen area with what we thought we were going to take, we decided to do one final cut. We ended up pulling 22lbs of pots, pans, dishes, and utensils out of the RV. Yes, we weighed it. It’s amazing how much weight can fit in one small cardboard box.
Finally we are in the final stages of packing the RV. This afternoon we are packing up clothes and shoes. Some stay here, some go with us. I think Jessie is having some separation anxiety when it comes to clothes and shoes. Overall we are getting very close to being ready to go if (a BIG if) we can get some cooperative weather. Currently there is a bit of snow on the ground and another 3-8 inches headed our way tomorrow into Thursday. No measurable snow all winter until now. What luck! We’d considered rushing our packing job and heading out tomorrow morning but decided that was a recipe for disaster. Plus, I officially now have a cold…ugh. So now we are exercising some patience, not a strength for either of us, and waiting. As of now it looks like we will be shoving off Friday or Saturday. No worries. We know weather will dictate a lot of our movement. Sunny Florida here we come…eventually.