It was extremely hard to repack the car for the trip home. Not only was I leaving family, but it was September and it also meant my big adventure was nearly over. I left on a Sunday morning, Labor Day weekend, after the family went to church. I knew I would cry all the way through the service. I always cry for 200 miles when I leave either of my daughters and their families. This was no exception. I headed east along Hwy #501 and pulled on to the Blue Ridge near Otter Creek where I have stayed in the campground many times with my RV. They have a small café that is always convenient.
I had my usual breakfast, then drove through the campground for old times sake, and though I had planned to travel down the Blue Ridge and head west after I reached Ashville, NC, instead I turned SW on to I-81 and set the cruise. When I hit I-40, I headed west. I still thought I would take my time, visit a couple of people, and just meander my way back home. Ha! It was like the horse heading for the barn. I suddenly really wanted to BE home. Five days later, I rolled into North Ranch, 11,623 miles and two days shy of four months of living out of the car, tenting, moteling on occasion, and staying with friends and relatives.
It was an incredible experience and boo hiss to all those who thought I was crazy, inviting mayhem from humanity and animals, and generally out of my mind. Campgrounds have not changed that much. While I have often said that you are not safe anywhere, I think if you use your head and some basic instincts, you are as safe in a campground as you would be in most places. Certainly a tent does not afford the same safety as a hard-sided RV, but I never felt threatened or in danger. Just in case, my handy, sharp little hatchet rested within reach beside my blow-up bed!! Next week I’ll give you some thoughts about the trip. God Bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”