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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


You should take that trip ride. We took it about 5 years ago and it was beautiful. They took us up in the mountains and feed us a lunch with to die for desserts.
Osagebluffquilter (In Missouri close to where you just left from)

Thank you Howard for so eloquently stating our thoughts. We totally agree. You have a gift for writing. Keep it up.

Hooray!!! That's the best description I've ever seen! We're be on our way shortly.
D & J

Good point on the comparison between RV miles and every day commuting to and from work miles. I also find that I run around doing "errands" more at home.

Most of us RVers take into conderation the mileage we know we'll get in our rigs. It's part of the cost of traveling this way. We obviously didn't think we'd see $5/gallon fuel prices but it makes us plan better.

Also, I appreciate that we aren't paying $8/gallon like many people in other countries. I try to find a good way to look at it :)

Very well said Howard. All of us have to make decisions in our lives that have far reaching effects. Some of us make good decisions and some of us don't. Luck may have a lot to do with it but I personally think that luck plays a much smaller role in it than one would think. Our hearts will tell us what is right if we are in tune enough to hear it. Your hearts told you it was time for a change and you were in tune enough to hear it and smart enough to act on it. Good for you!

What a thoughtful and thorough look at fuel prices and their effect on your full-time lifestyle. We are now beginning to get the fuel question from friends. It usually goes like this: "Are you guys still planning on doing the motor home thing next year now that gasoline costs so much?"

I think I will print out your great explanation and hand it to them.

Coincidentally, I urge others to look at my new topic under Money Stuff.

Less than 14 months to go!!!

We were just discussing this very subject last night and we are in total agreement with your comments. It feels great to be on the road with reduced stress levels! So we are staying at a Casino campground for several days to conserve on overnight fees. Not our first choice but it will allow us to have some fun here in the Tunica area (south of Memphis). This is a good trade off and maybe only a small one but it makes a difference in the quality of this lifetyle.
See you in Colorado down the road!

Very well said! Thank you for that. I don't full time but I am so glad others are able to. I may be able to someday. Not because of some number but because my grandchildren will be old enough that they won't care if we are around each weekend. :~) Life is more important than some "number". Enjoy it now, you've earned it!

Once again - very well said . . . You certainly have a gift, Howard - both your philosophy and your ability to express it so eloquently! We're busy getting ready for our next trip - shopping, packing, checking out the M/H and tow dolly, cutting the grass, etc. . . . and you can just imagine what Tom keeps saying! 2 years, that's my response! Enjoy those cool nights - sounds like great sleeping weather!


You have a way with words. I will retire on July 18 after 35 years with the same company. I was feeling very low today before reading your email, wondering if I was doing the right thing, should I retire this year, when the economy is so bad. But after reading your message today I realize that life and happiness is so precious.


We have been to Tierra Wools and enjoyed visiting it. The town itself put me in mind of a ghost town but lots of history there quite typical for N.M.

Well said Howard. The key is to be debt free. We have learned that being slave to the lender is not a good place to be simple because the lender drives the life plan. One of the best books I have ever read is "The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko. We had no plan for the 1st 40 years of my working life other than feed the lender but in the last 13, we have been able to make up for that by firing the lender and planning for retirement. We certainly don't dwell on what could have been. Instead we focus on what will be during our retirement years. Our fulltiming plan is coming together plus we have an exit strategy should health or physical needs force us to travel less.
Travel Safe

As usual, I'm playing catchup. Howard..this has to be your best blog yet. It summarizes everything I would have tried to say about fuel costs and our RV lifestyle. I hope you don't mind me quoting you in our blog.

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