Okay, I’ll admit it…I’ve never said this to anyone, but…back in 2003, when I studied the possibility of taking an RV trip to the other side of the Panama Canal and then actually doing it in 2004…I thought that was a pretty brave thing to do. The best I could find out back in those days was…no one had spent almost one year wandering around in Mexico and Central America with an RV. In 2004, I did just that with some friends. Only two of us completed the pre-planned 16,000+ miles through eight different countries. I’ve often thought to myself…that was a pretty brave thing to do…like, you know, the TV show Star Trek…”To go where no one has gone before… in an RV!”

Yesterday afternoon Mary and I arrived in Redding, California and parked overnight at Moose Lodge #1006…the friendliest Moose Lodge in the country. I’ve stayed overnight here a number of times. Yesterday while there, I met Mel Jensen…the bravest RVer I’ve ever met!

Okay, he openly admits it was purely by accident. Last year when he was back east exploring around New York City he and his wife accidentally ended up in downtown Manhattan with his 23 foot fifth wheel RV…he even went around Ground Zero. A place I would never venture with an RV! He told me of how the traffic cops were doing double-takes because it was obvious they had never seen an RV in downtown Manhattan!

As a preview to my next part of this story, you need to know that for a number of years I lived within one hour of New York City…so I know the  area fairly well.

In 2007 when I crossed over the Tappan Zee Bridge headed to visit friends and family in New England…I was looking for the Westchester Expressway and somehow missed a sign (that may not have even been there) and before I knew it I was headed for downtown New York City…no place for an RV! Realizing my situation, I reversed direction to the north and found my way into New England.

While I realize Mel did it by accident, it was still interesting to meet someone who has been somewhere with an RV that I have not been.

Now I’m certain other folks have taken an RV to where I’ve not been…but, I’ve not heard of another that has been (even by accident) in downtown Manhattan with an RV and for that Mel Jensen deserves the acknowledgement of his feat!

In other news…

When we arrived in Redding yesterday afternoon, it was a toasty 90 degrees and sunny. Much to the dislike of the Weather Wimp (as my life-partner calles me). What’s happening with the weather???? For the last couple of months it’s been far too cold and in the space of a couple of days it’s too hot. For us, the dramatic temperature differences happened so fast that our bodies haven’t had time to acclimate so the heat hit us really hard. We even fired up the motorhome air conditioner for a couple of hours so we would be able to sleep,  “Double Yuk” says the Weather Wimp!

The weather forecast for Redding today is 88 degrees. After an 8:00 AM motothome oil change and lube appointment, we’ll continue north across Siskiyous Pass to our destination for today of Rogue River, Oregon where the forecast is for sunny and 73 degrees. Mucho bettero!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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