With a spate of posts over the last few weeks we have managed to close the gap slightly from this blog being eight weeks behind to now only six. Progress! I mentioned in our January though March quarterly report that we would return to a monthly reporting format, and so we have.
The Distance: 976 miles as we being our travels in earnest. I counted the back and forth trips between Coral Springs and Venice in Loki, but not the flight miles to Cuba. A bit arbitrarty but there it is. We are up to 979 miles for the year. We anticipate that May, June, and July will be big mileage months as well.
The Places: We finally departed Key West but didn’t get far, just a few miles up the road for a week long stay at Bahia Honda State Park. Then it was our carefully orchestrated pre-Cuba maneuvers around Florida with one night at Midway Campground in The Everglades and a few days each in Venice and Coral Springs. Then it was our six day tour of Havana and Vinales, with a couple of days with Xavier and Joy, and Gloria and Jerry again in Coral Springs and Venice. We started moving north again with a one day stop at Fort Desoto Park, two days with cousin Carlyle and family in Inverness, and finished the month up in Wekva Springs State Park.
We spent one day in a military campground, twelve in public parks (1 COE, 10 State, 1 County,) twelve in the houses or driveways of family, and five in our Cuban “casa” hotel. We had full hook ups for one day and partial for 14.
The Budget: Way over budget. 26% over, in fact, but we knew April would be a tough month financially due to the Cuba trip costs, repairs on Serenity, and having no markets to speak of at all. Fortunately we are under budget for the year since we did so well in January and February.
The Drama and the Improvements: Not much drama, but we did have a few things fixed while we were in Cuba. Bill at Mr Mobile RV fixed our TV antenna connections, troubleshot our touchy hydraulics (will need future work, we did not have time to wait for the parts) fixed our windshield wiper connections, added some freon or whatever they use now to our dash A/C system, and a couple of minor things I can’t quite recall at the moment. Of course the automatic stairs worked perfectly for him the entire time so he could not determine what was causing our problem, but suspects it is the motor controller box going bad. We struggle with it occasionally, but I can usually make it work by just disconnecting and reconnecting two things and then starting the motor, which seems to reset the system.
Next up: a final stop in Florida with family before heading out of the state for our 2019 journey.