‘I’m good at findin’ shelter in a downpour’

It’s Day 369 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve. As we reach the end of the first week of our “shakedown cruise,” Deb and I are doing well.

Today’s header image captures the scene here about 9:30am this morning. That was as good as it got on this Saturday — those darkening western skies brought inches of heavy rain and strong thunderstorms that lasted all damned day.

Staying put in and around Ernie was no hardship, of course. And with apologies to Keith Whitley, I’m no stranger to this sort of thing.

I’ve hiked and backpacked in the rain. I’ve hunkered down in many a tent during torrential downpours. Tens of thousands of my motorcycling miles were covered in the rain.

So confining myself to a warm and dry motorhome on a crappy day really wasn’t a big deal.

We made the best of it. Before the skies let loose I opened up the basement, pulled out a bag of dog food and stowed our outdoor furniture. I got out the stepladder and fixed one of the slide seals. Moving the ladder to the front of the bus, I climbed up and cleaned the windshield and mirrors with Rain-X Glass Cleaner + Rain Repellent*. (Great stuff, by the way.)

While working in the basement I was reminded how much I appreciate the slide-out storage tray installed in the forward bay. See, accessing the belly boxes, especially when we’re parked with the slides deployed, means ducking and crab-walking and regular knots on the noggin. We’ve loaded this tray smartly, and it makes the process a whole lot easier.

Once the weather chased us inside we did a few little things we’d been putting off for a rainy day. Like putting up hooks in the bedroom to hold our clothes overnight, replacing the shower head, recalibrating the temperature sensor* in the fridge, cleaning the windows inside and, of course, laundry. (That undeniably cool washer-dryer does only very small loads and takes forever. We’re always doing laundry.)

Oh, and I took some time to put an edge on each knife I bought yesterday. Just like cleaning and maintaining a firearm, sharpening a knife is meditation with a purpose.

The local weather forecast says that we’ll be in this soggy weather pattern through tomorrow afternoon. Looks like it’ll be pretty bumpy tonight.

We’ll be just fine. We’ve seen worse.

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

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