Friday, November 10, 2017

Full bore

Day 16

Better To Burn Out.....
.....Than To Fade Away

February 25, 2003:
I began my RVing life on this date in 2003. My oncologist had made an appointment for me in his office on this date.

When we were together, he told me:
"Your cancer is in remission. No sign of the cancer has been found. I have laid out a program for you."
In three months, you return for testing.
Six months later, you return for testing again, and continue at six month intervals for three more times.
Two and a half years later, you return for the last time for testing.

When my doctor finished speaking, I told him:
"Right after I leave your office, I'm going to pick up my RV. I have already put a deposit on that RV. After I do all the preparation, I am heading north."

"When the time comes for my first appointment, I probably will be in Montana, or some place else in the northern states. Much too far away to make a commute down here for an appointment for testing me for cancer."

My doctor smiled. And he told me:
"Good for you, George! Have a great trip."

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What I promised myself!
Chemo cost me most of my hair. Food tasted terrible. Food made me sick. Even ordinary water tasted bad to me.

I promised myself, that when I got rid of this cancer:
➜ I will eat slowly, and enjoy every bite of my food!
➜ I will no longer be afraid. I will rush at life. Go full bore! Never stopping!
➜ I will be the very best George that I can be!

And that is exactly what I have done. That's why I am doing things from the time I wake up in the morning to the when I go to bed.

As Neil Young's song goes:

Better To Burn Out........                                
                                                  .........Than To Fade Away

Amen, Neil!





4:43pm:
About Boondocking
The Scampy RV Team has been tossing around the idea of making boondock camps next year.

We are wondering about being out in the boondocks for 3-5 weeks at a time!


Boondocking for this length of time, presents some challenges:
➜ Food! We would have to take with us, enough food.
➜ Water! Same thing.
➜ Propane and electric power. No problems with these things.


Tránsito on dirt roads
MsTránsito has front wheel drive. When Tránsito just looks at a dirt road, her drive tires begin to lose traction.

Most of the time, Tránsito should have no problem with losing traction. But what about when she does? What will we do then?

We are considering using a Warn PullzAll Handheld Winch to get the Scampy Team out of such a situation [Link].

Warn PullzAll Winch


Storing food!
After only a few days, we would run out of fresh meat [Beef, chicken, fish]. We could use dry foods [Link].

However, MsScampy likes the challenge of freezing perishable meats. What if we had a freezer along with us? [Link]


Dometic CFX-28US Portable Freezer



NOTE: THERE ARE ERROS ON THIS PAGE. I AM MUCH TOO TIRED TO GO ON. FIX THEM TOMORROW.

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30 comments:

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    1. Hi Barney,

      I am supposing that your big YES means that you agree with:

      "It's better to burn out......
      .........then to fad away!"


      Is that correct?

      George

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  2. George, you are an amazing man with amazing insights! "Keep on rockin!"

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    1. Hi Kent,

      Your comment is a BIG compliment.

      Thank you sooooo much! 😎

      George

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  3. Great motto!!! Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn,

      That's the music of the fabulous, one and only, Neil Young!

      Click [Here] to view the wonderful
      Neil Young performance of "Hey Hey, My My"
      [Live at Farm Aid 1985].

      Double wow with sugar on it!

      Just about the most fantastic performance of all time! 😎

      George


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  4. George - you're smokin' - not yet burning!. Keep on going, we love to see you having fun.

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    1. Hi Bill,

      For me, this is the best times in my whole life! I am sooooo fortunate to be living these times.

      I came so very close to being dead during my
      2014 to 2016 years. Hard for to grasp where I am and what I am doing now!

      George

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  5. Amen Neil and my dear, sweet George. As a fellow survivor (x2) I can attest to the wisdom in every promise you made to yourself, and I can't think of anything I'd add to that list, as if one lives it everything else will fall into place and be in perfect accord.

    You are such a shining Light in this world! Thank you so much for you being you, and sharing the JOY & LIGHT of George will all of us.

    I wish you good health and happy trails for many more years to come. XO

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    1. Wow, Barbara!

      Your comment is a tribute to me!

      If something like your comment is on my grave stone when I pass-on, I will very content knowing that I have not lived in vain

      George

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  6. OK George....just do it...but how about getting a shower? Now you use your 24/7 gym membership...I think that is a real deal...free place to overnight, get a workout and be able to shower. But how to shower?

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    1. Hi Ernie,

      MsScampy has a shower!

      George


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  7. Does your Transit have the ability to disable Traction Control? Sometimes, vehicles with traction control remove power to the front wheel drive if one wheel slips. Disabling TC lets one wheel slip without losing the other wheel. There are youtube videos discussing the subject

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    1. Hi Midwest,

      Yes, Tránsito has traction control. Something is wrong with it. As a result, traction control is off all of the time.

      Until I read your comment, I did not understand the purpose of traction control.

      Thank you!

      George


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  8. Yes to the freezer, no to the winch. I think it’s unlikely it will pull a 3,000 pound truck with you holding on to it.

    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Thank you for the OK for the freezer.

      There has been plenty of comments on the winch idea, so I will not add anything about that subject here in my reply to you.

      George

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  9. I have a class B and what limits me in boondocking is not food room but the smaller dump tanks.

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    1. Hi David,

      When you are camping in the boondocks, and are far from towns, isn't OK to dump your tanks?

      I do so. But careful to not dump near flowing water. Or on somebody's land.

      George

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  10. Not this winch, George. Warn rates it at 1200 watts, more than the Honda EU1000i can deliver. You'd be better off getting a 12 volt winch and powering it from Mr. Transito's battery with the engine idling.

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    1. Wow! Lou!

      Thank you sooooo much for this heads-up!

      I will change my Bookmarks to show this winch powered
      by 24 volts DC. Click [Here] to view!

      I am grateful to you!
      George

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  11. Is it Ms. Transito or Mr.?
    I thought Transito was a He!

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    1. Hi Rand,

      Tránsito is a he. Did I goof up somewhere in my Blog?

      George

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  12. George, about the winch, when we would get stuck and need a pull we would use a screw in anchor to hook the winch to when there was nothing else to hook to. It will work if you are not "too" stuck. Search for "screw in earth anchor" and you'll see what I'm talking about. Good Luck! Max from Illinois.

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    1. Hi Max,

      Please share how you get the anchor deep in the earth?

      Thank you,
      George


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  13. George, if I am going to do a blog post about you, it seems like I ought to let you know. If you're interested the result is here.

    http://octoberyears.blogspot.com/2017/11/better-to-burn-out.html

    Thanks for being an inspiration.

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    1. Hi Gil,

      I followed your URL link.

      Thank you sooooo much for your highly complimentary words! 😎

      George

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  14. We used to boondock with our 3/4ton GMC on the Arizona desert for many winters. We never got stuck ut we always watched where we were going. It might be different in the summer though.

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    1. Hi Vera,

      If you followed my Blog during my early MsTioga years, you know that I got stuck sooooo many times, that I even wrote an online story about it!

      Click [Here] to read that story!

      George


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  15. Great attitude George! Although I have been fortunate to be fairly healthy, I still have the aches and pains of a 70 year old. I like your philosophy. Mine is keep moving because when you stop your dying.

    When I retired 4 years ago I started full time travel and never looked back. I have enjoyed most of it. Boondocking is a great way to enjoy creation and save up a little cash as you go. I've done it for up to a couple of months so far. It helps when you meet people along the way to camp with.

    You are one of several I read as I was making my decision to go Full Time. Thanks for all the great advice.

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    1. Hi Gary,

      Thank you sooooo much for your comment about my attitude and my advice!

      Sounds as though you are having a wonderful time RVing. Isn't RVing the greatest thing?


      George

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