Part of the reason for this adventure is to slow down and enjoy life. We’ve all heard it before ” stop and smell the roses “, but what does it mean exactly and how hard is it to accomplish?
The first leg of my trip has taken me to central Indiana to visit my son and his family. I took three days to get here when I could have made it in a day. My purpose was to slow down and enjoy the trip, not being in a rush to get to my destination. For the most part it worked. I took some lovely side roads, wanting to stay off the major highways as much as possible and put in no more than 300 miles in a day. The first day I put in about 250 miles, stopping for the night in a mall parking lot that allows overnight RV parking in Cumberland, MD. A big thank you to the many stores out there that allow RV’s to overnight in their parking lots. The second night after putting in around 200 miles I stayed in a great little campground in Zanesville, OH named Wolfies Campground. Just 2 miles off the main road and a nice quiet setting. Heading into day three I was going to travel some more back roads for the final 200 miles or so and figured my arrival time at my son’s around 4. My first mistake, setting a time limit. The trip was going well, traveling through some beautiful small towns and farmland. Low and behold as I was meandering along I came across a train crossing with a train stopped in the crossing. I was a number of vehicles back so I did not know how long it had been there. As the minutes passed by most of the smaller vehicles turned around in the road and sought a different route which left me along with a few tractor trailers waiting at the tracks. The cross roads out there are few and far between and there was no place to turn a trailer around. So as the minutes turned into an hour my patience was beginning to wane. I kept telling myself to breathe and relax and enjoy the fresh country air but I had made the earlier mistake of setting an arrival time. Mind you it was not a problem arriving later and it was all in my mind but the damage had been done. Finally an hour and a half later the train began to inch along out of the crossing freeing those of us stuck at the crossing.
So a lesson learned for myself. Try not to set a schedule unless absolutely needed and when circumstances interrupt a plan, be flexible!! Worrying about the little things keeps us from enjoying this journey we call life. ” stop and smell the roses ”
The picture with this blog is my view out my trailer door at the back of my sons property. A perfect place to stop and smell the roses. My son and his wife are living in rural Indiana about 45 minutes north of Indianapolis. Surrounded by farmers fields and beautiful homesteads.
Till the next time we cross paths,