The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men Go Oft Awry

The best-laid plans of mice and menSo penned Scottish poet Robert Burns in his famed work, “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough.” (Almost as famous as “Auld Lang Syne,” but not quite.)

Molly and I were literally ready to begin the adventure of our lives, living and traveling full-time in our RV. I had pretty much everything packed except our daily needs–you know, everything you can’t pack because you need it within the next 12 hours.

At the moment of supreme culmination, Molly and I heady with anticipation over all the adventures now at our fingertips … somebody yanked the wrong string and months of planning turned into a noodle-heap of yarn at our feet. First the radiator died. Next thing you know, the battery died. As we were limping to the repair shop, the rear wheel died.

Continuing our references to literature and the arts–It’s a wonderful life.

While my RV now has a shiny new radiator, the scrape and grind of a failing wheel was the death knell. According to the mechanics, someone had previously attempted to repair the worn-out wheel, but did a sloppy job. The mechanics spent a week looking for parts. News came back–no one has those parts anymore. (It’s a senior camper.) The best they can do is renew the same “Band-Aid” fix-it that was done before.

“Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!” quoth Burns, no doubt clicking his tongue.

Heartbreak aside over losing that darling little camper … it’s getting cold in these parts. Too cold to test another camper and get used to it before hitting the road. It is with great sorrow that I’m forced to announce … the RV adventure is adjourned. 
For now. 
Who knows? Maybe I can outfit a better camper next spring. And in the meantime, there are plenty of places for Molly and me to explore closer to home. 
One thing’s for sure–a camper may die, but the spirit of adventure is much harder to kill. You can take the girl out of the adventure, but not the adventure out of the girl. I’ll find ways to satisfy that craving–and you’re still welcome to come along for the ride! 
In the meantime, stay in touch with my Facebook page, too– I’ve got some videos coming up featuring everybody’s favorite adventure dog … 

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