Last Wednesday was a moving day. I’m not sure how it works for other RVers, but for me, I never get anything productive done on a moving day except moving. It seems odd that the act of hitching and unhitching, which only spans about 45 minutes typically each way, can fill a full 12 hours of daylight, but somehow it does.
Well, actually I know why it does, it’s because the process is more complicated than just hitching and unhitching.
First I washed Cas’ exterior, dumped trash, did dishes, put up things that could bounce around while in motion, dumped tanks, put up hoses, hitched, double checked that eveything was secured (realized I was missing the lens for one of Cas’ clearance lights – d’oh), unplugged electric, threw my wheel chocks and levelers in the back of Bertha, stopped in the driveway of the campground to make sure everything was towing right and looked good, drove into the park to an overlook, took some pictures and video, came down Cedar Pass, stopped at the Lodge for lunch, took some more pictures in the parking lot (the parking lot at work is where that banner in the Rig page came from – this time I got one with truck and RV facing the other way), drove the rest of the way to Badlands Inn, lined up my parking job to get Cas exactly where I wanted him, tried unhitching and realized that even though Cas was level side to side, the truck wasn’t level enough to the RV to get my trunnion bar off on one side, so I lowered the jack back down, drove forward a couple of feet, tried again and it worked with a leveling block (this time Cas wasn’t level side to side, but was in better alignment with Bertha), wiped grease off and put away hitch, bars, jack blocks, and unused leveling blocks, hooked electric up and turned fridge back on, and then I begged a glass of ice water off of my coworker who has been managing the Inn this season. Did I mention the high was 97 that day?
After that it was hooking water up, and putting everything back out in the arrangement I need for living in it. Then it was supper time, and after eating I couldn’t do anything else until I’d had a shower. After that I could have done something else productive I suppose, but once you do all that physical work it’s hard to have energy left over for other things.
For all my troubles though, I was rewarded with a gorgeous sunset that night which I enjoyed from my camp chair while doing a few things online. The next night was a great sunset too, as was yesterday. This spot doesn’t have trees the way Circle 10 does, but the true prairie feel with the Badlands in the distance is great in a different way. The first few days at a new camp are always sort of magical for me as I see what the location has to offer.