Hello again from the US, more specifically, New Mexico. After returning from our ride up through Nordkapp we headed back to see family. My oldest son Rick, his wife Kelly and granddaughter Lucy were in the middle of a move back to Florida and a great corporate job with Publix. Their life was in between crazy and WTF as they tried to survive until their new house was finished. My other son Dallas, his fiancé Jess and my grandson Caleb were in the middle of a complete kitchen remodel in their Chattanooga home. My 90-year-old Mom was still doing okay in Port Orange, FL.
We had a couple months to visit and help everyone as best we could. In between all the visiting we were also scheduled to present our newest presentation, “Yes, You Can” (Have It All), at Overland Expo East. This was held at the new site in Virginia in October. My presentation dealt with trying to balance RTW travel and family, how we do it on a limited budget. We are asked these questions all the time. “Are you Rich?” and “How much does it cost?” are questions frequently answered. We love motivating people to get out there and travel, anyway they can.
In November we headed west to Deming, NM. We had bought a small place there a couple years ago but never seem to be there. The plans this year were to stop in for a couple weeks, then head back to Mexico for a couple months. Those plans had to change when we were told Melanie had a hole in the retina of her right eye. Having plans to go skiing with the kids for an early Christmas in December, we postponed the surgery until early January. This surgery involved the retinal repair with a gas bubble inserted against the retina. Face down 24 hours a day after surgery for at least a week. You ever hear of the “Bends”? Well, this had the same effect so no travel, elevation changes, for about 8 weeks.
Melanie is doing well but we still have 6 weeks to go. Complicating this entire thing was our next ride, Morocco. The plan now is for me to travel to the UK, ferry to Spain and pick her up in Porto, Portugal. Then on to Morocco and ending up somewhere in Italy in May.
So, now the place in NM is up for sale. I don’t really need a permanent place at all. Plus, when we are in country, I want to see family and be a part of their lives.
The summer is already planned out and maps are everywhere, of the world, trying to decide what opportunity for our travel pops up next, for 2021. Our pup, Gypsy, is 15 now, and won’t be around forever. I limit our travel to three months at a time now. Once Gypsy is gone, so will the time restraints be gone.
Our next event will be the Horizons Unlimited Newfoundland where we will be giving a couple presentations and spending about 3 months in Canada.
Hope to see you somewhere on the road and thanks for reading.