Friday, November 20, 2009

Why the TiogaRV Team went north

Why the TiogaRV Team went north!
On Friday morning, October 16, 2009, we were happily camped in Mexico at the lake of Santa Maria del Oro. When Mr. Datastorm tried to go online, he crashed! Mr. Datastorm no longer worked!

Mr. Steve O'Bosky our Datastorm dealer suspected that our Datastorm transmitter went bad. For a few moments I considered having the transmitter shipped to me in Mexico. But, I gave up that thought because I was unsure of how to install the transmitter.

So, just because I was unsure of the transmitter installation, the decision to travel all the way to the USA and back was decided! I made no consideration of the dollar cost of such a trip. Little consideration of the time required. No thoughts about the weather. I did not consider the risks of such a trip. I just headed north!

What broke and went bad?
As we traveled north to the USA, things began to break. What caused things to break? Who can say? Just traveling over bumpy roads?
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2009: Air conditioning went bad. Cost to recharge $107.16
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2009: Water pump broke $183.16
  • Thursday, October 29, 2009: Isolator switch broke $47.50
  • Saturday, October 31, 2009: Starter motor solenoid relay switch $10.91
  • Tuesday, November 03, 2009: First noticed my flu symptoms
  • Monday, November 09, 2009: Dometic fridge cooling unit replaced $630
  • Friday, November 13, 2009: Leveler failed. Self repaired $0
  • Thursday, November 19, 2009: Went to hospital for flu examination $?
Cost of this trip.
The TiogaRV Team has paid a great deal to go on this trip north to the USA. From the day we headed north until today. $3,938.23 has been spent. $999.90 for just the gasoline cost alone. And, we still have 1,700 miles to go before we reach Aticama!

Our $dollar$ costs are not our only costs! MsTioga will have traveled over 4,000 miles by the time we return to our winter home base of Aticama in Mexico. Who can say what this long trip has done to MsTioga?

Wondering why things went bad?
I wondered to you in my blog writing, why things were going bad during this trip? My experience has taught me that things happen for a reason. However, it never occurred to me before yesterday, that the reason may be bad judgment! My bad judgment to make a trip to the USA instead of shipping the Datastorm transmitter to Mexico.

This month I will celebrate my 72nd birthday. I want to live my life without worry. I want to live my life without fear. However, this trip has caused me to re-think my decision making process. Risks are greater for me as I get older. I've got to be more thoughtful and considerate how what I plan to do will impact me. Getting the flu, for example, is likely something that happened only because of this trip and this flu could still turn into pneumonia.

Reviewing the trip.
There is no doubt that although a lot of things went bad during this trip, that I have had a wonderful time traveling. I love to travel. Love to feel the motion of MsTioga moving along the road. To get into MsTioga's rhythm as we roll along is my destiny.