It’s an interesting logistical equation. I’m not going to be living in Cas for the 2-ish weeks I’m up in Wisconsin, due to the climate. This means I needed to get Cas winterized, but also I’ll have to pull some stuff out of him while I’m staying with friends and family. Besides just clothes to wear, there’s the question of all the food in my fridge and all the cleaning supplies, bathroom stuff, electronics, and other things that could get damaged by persistent freezing.
So I’m going to have to pack that kind of stuff up and take it with me. But I can’t pack it up too far ahead of time or I’ll have no room to move around inside the trailer. It’ll probably get moved up to the heated cab of the truck Saturday when I wake up.
Tomorrow (well, later today now) I’m running into town for gas so I start with a full tank, I’ll also be picking up ice for the Styrofoam cooler I bought last Sunday for the remaining food that could spoil. I tried to plan everything so that I’m running out of most of my refrigerated food by the time I leave, but there will still be some things. Once it’s all moved to the cooler, I turn off the fridge and start defrosting it. Hopefully with the heater blowing in there I can get it all de-iced before I have to go to work, I’ll need to keep an eye on it because there’s nothing to catch the melt, it’ll run out onto the floor and make a mess if I don’t keep mopping it up. Laundry will also be getting done at the campground around this.
Then Friday before work I’ll get Cas all hitched up, a process that takes a good hour to hour and a half and start packing things. When I get done with work at 4 am on Saturday I’ll head right to bed and sleep for a while, but probably not until my usual 1 – 2 pm. I think I’ll aim for maybe a 10 am wakeup. Then I unhook the electric, sweep the floors, put the outdoor floor mat away, throw the cold sensitive stuff into Bertha, and take off.
Then I pray that the roads are plowed and pick up caffeine, because as I type Madison is under a blizzard warning with snowfall totals expected to be at 12-18 inches by the end of the day, and that’s my stop for Saturday night. Under good road conditions pulling the RV, the drive from Coffeyville to Madison would take 12 hours. If the roads are still bad, well, it’ll take longer. If I get on the road by 11:30 I get to Madison between midnight and 1 am, because I’ll have to stop for food and gas. Luckily Julie’s family is okay with me showing up at an odd hour, much thanks!
Then Sunday after catching lunch with Julie (who’s flying in from South Carolina to visit her family) and other friends, I take Bertha and Cas the last two hours to Rapids where my parents live. A friend of the family nearby has a huge pole shed that I will be storing Cas in for the duration of my visit, although I’m hoping to get some good pictures of the rig outside in all that snow before tucking him away.
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The past two days I’ve been doing something different at Amazon, something that isn’t stowing for a change! I was a runner for ISS, armed with problem tickets, tape, and a camera, and was sent running around taking pictures of products. I’ll be writing more about that when I have a bit more time.
Until then, have a good weekend! It was snowing on the drive home from Amazon a half hour ago, and it’s very windy right now. Drive safe (and yes, I’ll be driving safe too) and take care everyone in the path of Draco.
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