14 November…after a nice day up on the Parkway I returned to the Walmart in Waynesville for another night…the spot where I park is really quiet and away from the businesses…a creek flows right behind the van…nice sounds after all the shops close and folks go home…this is what makes living in the van nice…I can go where it’s quiet and pretty safe…the lot is well lit and no dirtbags appear to hang out in the area.
Not sure what I’m gonna do today…may ride out to a little place called Trust on Hwy 209…one of my favorite roads to ride where I have a bike with me…the little store there has rocking chairs on the front porch so a cuppa Joe and a rock is on the list.
I was having a coffee right after sunset…watched a small compact car pull in the lot…the lady got out and got set up for the night…I guess she lives in the car…she had to move tons of stuff in bags to get ready for the night…about an hour later she drove off…probably had to use the bathroom…never did return.
I got a little battery powered fan before I left…it works great…super long battery life…I charge it when I’m driving along…easy…I can clip it anywhere I want.
I love the banana nut and blueberry muffins from Walmart…glad I have the microwave with me this trip…a warm muffin and a hot cup of coffee is a great way to start the day.
15 November…nice dinner across the street at the Mexican place…I don’t eat much at night before bed…one enchilada, small serving of beans and rice…beautiful night sitting on the couch in the van looking at cars and people passing by…love it when I can keep the side door of the van open…just like a big picture window…slept good…only woke once to pee…up at 0600 this morning to a a clear sky…rain on the way though…coffee and another blueberry muffin is nice at sunrise.
Turned on the Dish Network sat system…wanted to see the weather…no good…the Wally receiver blew up…crap…called Dish and yep the thing is toast…I don’t have a service plan as I insure myself so the $70 cost for a new receiver is built in to my budgets…oh well not a problem.
Yesterday I drove out to a little community called Trust…nice little store…as soon as I parked up my buddy Roger called and said he was in the area on his bike and will stop by…all good.
Had me a ice cream cone for lunch.
My small rug was coming apart…there was a nice selection of locally made rugs in the store for $15 each…benefits the local fire department…got a nice one for the van.
Nice little creek behind the store.
I’m in Maggie Valley now…got a nice spot in the grassy field next to my friends motel…”A Holiday Motel”…Rob and Gaby are good folks…got the field all to my self…again.
I’ll be based here until Tuesday…headed back to Florida Wednesday morning. BTW…temps here in the mountains are in the lower 50’s at night and around 75 during the day…gonna get a bit cold tonight so I’ll enjoy my diesel furnace quietly humming along.
This little blog is really something for me…for me to record my feelings, places I’ve seen, people I’ve met, things I’ve learned, and things that have changed me. As I travel along the back roads I see how people live…some places nice, some not so.
The Navajo res is an eye opener…people living in shacks, containers, tents. Homes here in the mountains seem to always need repair. I can just feel the moisture in the walls and ceilings. Across the midwest places are dusty and unkept…not from a lack of trying but from a sense of “I’m paddling as hard as I can and still going backwards”.
I see folks in the stores with blank stares and a sadness of trying to survive. These days with the virus makes it all the worse.
I travel in a $65,000 tiny home…it has all the things a home is supposed to have…many times I feel selfish to have freedom and no debt…but I’ve worked hard for it all my life…my father and mother gave me wisdom and support which allowed me to stay away from drugs and crime…two things that are destroying our country and way of life.
For the past year or so I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube…documentaries about poverty around the world and especially here in the US have opened my eyes to the strife many face. Especially children who are robbed of a childhood of wonder and safety.
Paying for a Law Enforcement Officer’s meal, leaving a large tip for a hard working elderly person who I know is a widow, HAS to work to pay for health insurance, and brings my meal with a smile while their feet and back are hurting, making a child’s future secure, and just trying to understand what others may be facing are what I enjoy the most.
It’s raining now…I see cars going up and down the road…I wonder where they’re going… what they do for work…how long they’ll live…what kind of family they have…have they invested money in the fancy car instead of feeding their child.
Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees here in the mountains now…makes it easy to see the homes built way off the road…and to see all the trash.
I tend to ramble when I write…that’s the way my brain works…like a ping pong ball in a tornado…bouncing from thought to thought…it’s better when I have my knit cap on…it keeps my head warm. I”m gonna take a nap now.
16 November….made a nice bowl of oatmeal in the Instant Pot last night…1 and 1/2 cups of water and 6 table spoons of oatmeal…3 minutes on high pressure and it is perfect…a little maple syrup and I’m I Heaven.
The pot uses about 60 amps when it’s heating…then about nothing as it cooks and cycles…really good for cooking stuff only using the batteries…all good.
Temps were in the low 30’s this morning here in Maggie…loaded up and headed out after pancakes and coffee for breakfast…headed up the Parkway to the Waterock Knob overlook for the day…very few folks here…temp is 34…not a cloud in the sky..wind blowing like crazy…the diesel furnace is humming along and coffee is brewing…life is good.
Gonna take a hike up the trail to have a look around…it’s only about a mile round trip but it’s steep going up…pray for me 🙂
As soon a I got ready to do the hike, 5 car loads of folks from Louisianna pulled in and unloaded about 60 kids…all with backpacks and hiking sticks…nope not gonna happen for me…the trail is short and will be crowded with nice kids having fun and yelling…:)
Nice view while editing little video about the trip
When I make coffee I boil water in a little pour over pot… I set my cup next to it so it can be heated at the same time…hate pouring hot coffee into a cold cup.
Where I’m parked it’s getting a bit crowded…didn’t think it would being a Monday…I moved down the hill a bit to the Yellow Face overlook…nobody here…nice and quiet.
Trouble’s Traveling Cup with some cool company 🙂
17 November…woke early this morning at 0400…cool outside….furnace is keeping me nice and warm…quiet and gentle last night…slept well but my neck with its bit of arthritis is bothersome…oh well it is what it is…coffee and watching the world around me…stayed at the Cracker Barrel just before the SC border last night…I’m seeing more and more folks living in their cars… I counted 4 in the parking lot…the exhaust clouds from each gently keeping the occupants warm this time of the morning…I wonder how they got to this point.
I’m love the pancake mix I get from Cracker Barrel…I mix it up in my coffee cup…it’s used for all kinds of things…no need to carry a lot of stuff when one will do…3 table spoons of mix makes 3 glorious cakes…my 10 inch frying pan is well used now…a bit of maple syrup and my belly is quiet again.
Always at 11 pm the noise of cars and trucks seems to disappear…that must be the time the human clock is saying to chill and not disturb the guy in the white van.
30 November…hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving….when I left for the little trip to NC I’d filled my 12 gallon onboard water tank…after a week on the road this is all I’d used for washing, drinking, and cooking.