Summer 2022, Page 42

17 June…I’m parked and plugged in at my sister and brother in law’s place in Florida…I appreciate it so much that they let me be a guest on their property when I’m in town…temps are in the mid 90’s during the day…my Dometic Penguin 2 A/C unit on the van is doing a great job of keeping me cool…it runs from around 10am to after midnight every day.

My beautiful niece Alyx is a joy to be with…so smart (didn’t get that from me)…we went swimming at mom’s assisted living place the other day and had a great time just hanging out and acting silly…she went with me to pick up the new bike and gave her approval even though she said it only has two wheels (she likes side by sides).

Have an appointment at the Mercedes dealer to have the wheel alignment checked on the van…I have almost 100,000 miles on her and I want to make sure all it perfect as I just had new front tires installed when I was at my buddies place in Oklahoma.

Wednesday I may head up to North Carolina for a week or so the get out of the hot weather, look at some land for sale, and break in the bike…called my friends who let me stay next to their motel in Maggie Valley and they said come on up…so nice to be able to park right downtown across the street from a great Mexican restaurant for $10 bucks a night!

I have a big spool of marine grade 14 gauge two conductor low oxygen stranded copper wire and am planning on slowly rewiring the whole van…I used good wire during the build but I’m constantly looking to make the thing as perfect as I can…plus the new wire is pretty…like me 🙂

22 June…starting to set the new bike up…added 30mm handle bar risors to fine tune the riding position for comfort…nice rear rack and small hard case to carry stuff…all good quality and will work out good….will be adding Oxford Heated handgrips, and that’s about it.

The case is bolted on with four stainless bolts and nuts…won’t be going anyplace 🙂

28 June…uneventful drive up to Maggie Valley NC yesterday…got here about 5 pm after 565 miles of interstate…yay…parked up in the nice grassy field beside my friends Rob and Gabby’s motel right in the center of town…Rob told me to tell my niece Alyx he has the pool and playground all ready for her when she can come up again…we had so much fun last time!…my favorite Mexican restaurant is right across the street so all is well…went for a long ride on the bike through the mountains this morning and looked at a coupe of properties…neither were what I’m looking for…more patches tomorrow…it’s nap time now…so good be able to nap with the windows open…temp is around 70 :)…gonna be here until next Tuesday…huge fireworks display Monday night for the 4th Of July.

29 June…my good friend Wade and his lovely wife stopped by for a visit yesterday…they’re on a little vacation trip through the mountains and grabbed a room at the motel…was great to visit and catch up…good dinner at the Mex place last night and lots of good conversation…they’re headed back towards the coast today…always great to see them…plus Wade gave me a couple of nice books to read…thanks again!

Supposed to rain all day…looks like I’ll be reading and napping 🙂

1 July…had a nice ride through the mountains today up to the Trust General Store…pretty good coffee…the rocking chairs almost put me to sleep…the new bike is just perfect…love it.

I moved to another spot here at the motel to better get away from the crowds expected this weekend for the fireworks show…so good of Rob and Gabby to let me hang out at their motel.

2 July…beautiful cool morning today…coffee at 7, walk at 7:30, oatmeal at 8, then it was off to the Waynesville Recreation Center for a nice $2 shower…had the shower room all to myself…felt good so a ride up and over to the Waterrock Knob overlook on the Parkway was in order…I love the views.

20 thoughts on “Summer 2022, Page 42

  1. Having followed all your 2-wheeled videos and now your van adventures, I never could wrap my mind around you not owning a motorcycle. That said, hope to see you up in the NC mountains in the future. Safe travels.


  2. Totally love your reports. I’m taking your “doldrums” comments and cancelled my latest RV buy. I lost my wife of 53 years 1.5 years ago and am actively trying to “ride off” my own doldrums. The riding is working pretty good so far.


    1. Hello John, I said a prayer for your wife…life is the chaos before the calm…one day we’ll all be sitting around the campfire together.

      Getting back to bikes has eased (once again) me back to enjoying things. The little 300 is quickly becoming a friend to spend many hours with. I’m headed to the mountains of NC in a few days. If you’re near please give me a shout so we can get together…wold love to chat with ya…take care and ride safe.


  3. Prolly not gonna be able to make it down. My tent and sleeping bag got tore up by mice. I live in the country and forgot about them being in the garage.


    1. No problem at all…hope you get it all sorted out. I’ll be heading back to FL for a week then I’ll probably come back up for a month or so.


  4. I’ll put in for an extra couple days so I can come down next time. Maybe just get a motel or something then. Safe travels to and from Florida.


    1. Sounds good Melvin. You wouldn’t be able to pitch a tent here next to the motel but the rooms are really nice. See you soon.


  5. Hey Tim. I like the look of the new bike. Is it pretty nimble? Was curious if you’ll be around there the weekend of August 5. I’m gonna prolly take off work that Friday the 5th and head down if I can get the motel reserved that weekend. 😁


    1. The new bike weighs around 300 pounds…light compared to others I’ve owned for sure…lots of fun. I don’t know my schedule right now…I know I’ll be back and forth all summer.


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