Early Travels 2

First Time is going to be a challenge:

I’m taking my little camper on its first real trip and I could have chosen no worse weather for where I’m going. I’m off to St. Louis again via Memphis. It is the first weekend in December and winter has decided to visit these same cities at the same time. I’ll be setting the camper up in cold rain. I’m thinking about shifting my reservation forward a day if possible to avoid next Thursday’s 24 degree snow day in St. Louis. Although I’m from Georgia, I do pretty good with snow. I just don’t want the first major towing of my little camper to be complicated by slick roads.

Why go this week? My sister-in-law, Lynn Pate is preforming in this awesome choir event and I want to be there. I am staying at the KOA campground on “Historic Route 66.” And though it will likely rain my whole visit, I plan to savor the fact that I’m on “America’s Mainstreet.”

Memphis is included because I can’t visit my sister too much. I’ll be delivering Christmas presents. That makes sense because my sister said my beard made me look like I was trying to look like Santa.

I’ll try to post from the trip. Till then I remain:

Bill, Greybeard The Traveler, seeker of wisdom and good stories.


Early Travels: One

As things changed this past Spring, I found myself thrust into a place where I needed to travel. Within a month of my wife’s passing, her brother-in-law faced the amputation of his leg due to an acute resistant bone infection. He and Judy’s sister live in St. Louis and their families live in Texas and Georgia respectively. Off I go to get to the hospital the night before a Sunday surgery. While there I learn that my step-sister was in the hospital in Metro-Memphis. I went by there on my way home and discovered she would be honored by her church a few  weeks later, so I committed to return to Memphis in a few weeks.

When Bruce was scheduled to leave the hospital at the end of June, a new apartment was necessary, so off I go to help with the move. Boy am I traveling. Within a few months I had put several thousand miles on my rump and vehicles.

As my traveling settled, I took some time to reflect on what I was doing, what I wanted to do, and what Judy and I had wanted to do. Judy and I had always loved traveling; although her failing health had made it harder. There were places I had always wanted to go. There were places I’d promised Judy in these last years I’d go when she got better. I decided it was time to see America and visit Israel.

I’m about to start serious travels…

Come along if you wish.