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Tom Week – Bad Doctor

sunset after bad doctor day

11/22/19 – Bad Doctor

Sometimes you just have to admit that you have a bad doctor and move on. That is what I’m doing and I’m very happy about it. I don’t mind a doctor who is stern with me about health issues, but lying to me is unacceptable.

I went for a long bike ride, 17.7 miles. The weather was perfect. I felt like I could ride forever.

Starke Florida has some great sunsets and a couple of camera-shy horses.

11/23/19 – Ocala

We’ve been here before. Good park. 70 TV channels on cable. The best WIFI password in all of Rvdom. Everyone here has a dog.

On Monday we go to one of our favorite parks. Apparently this whole “you can’t find good RV spots in Florida in winter” is a myth.

11/24/19 – Strava PR

It’s rare that I ride the same bike route what with us moving around so much. Today though I did the same Strava segment that I did in February and got a new personal record. I did the same 2.5 miles 3.5 miles an hour faster. That’s a big jump.

Later, I was watching Harry Potter and apparently fell asleep without realizing. The scene jumped and it took me a minute to realize that it was a different movie. Two hours had passed.

11/25/19 – The Outpost

We are once again at The Outpost on Lake Mariana. We are parked right near the water. Watched a beautiful sunset. Lots of ducks begging for food. No alligators yet, but there’s still hope.

12/1/19 – A new month

New energy. I’m back to riding and writing. Tomorrow we go to the ocean.

12/2/19 – Retirement Land

No matter how old and feeble I get I will never live in Vero Beach Florida. At the WalMart it was like Night of the Geriatric Dead. They were like zombies. Sad and disinterested. Just moving through life waiting to die. So sad.

Driving through town just reinforces the waiting-for-death theme. Soulless condos sucking the personality and vitality from their inhabitants. Gated communities protecting inmates from the diversity and glory of the real world. Cookie-cutter lives with rapidly approaching expiration dates.

But the beaches are nice. We are in a county park on an island on the inter-coastal waterway. The ocean is a mile to the east just on the other side of Route A1A. ( If you’re a NASCAR fan you just went “OOHH!” )

The next island over is a bird sanctuary. I’m hoping Pat and I can get over there tomorrow.

12/3/19 – Barrier Island

There are vultures here in the campground. They hang around the little pond waiting to steal food from the cranes.

There are also alligators. All I’ve seen is one tail disappearing into the water. Though I’ve heard the same big splash several times now.

I went for a bike ride and have never done a straighter, flatter ride. 13.1 miles and only 28 feet of elevation.

Tonight an alligator yelled at me. I didn’t know they made noise. They don’t have vocal chords but make a bellowing sound by forcing air through their throats.

12/4/19 – Across the Park

Today’s journey ended 100 yards from where it started. We are in the same park but with a better view of the water, but away from the alligators. Turns out they like to eat little dogs.

Great lunch today at Billie’s. Billy had a heavy Scottish accent. He actually said to one customer with a heavy Alabama accent, “Sorry Laddie I can na understand ye.”


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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: December 4, 2019

Tom Week – Florida

Florida Bird

11/13/19 – Florida Land

One thing I did not miss about Florida was all the stories on the local news about shootings and carjackings.

It’s still cold. Will be warmer tomorrow. Then cooler. Then warmer. Yo-yo weather.

In WalMart today the checkout clerk said to the man in front of me, “Happy Holidays.” He replied, “It’s pronounced Merry Christmas!” She replied, “I’m not a Christian.” He stomped away.

11/14/19 – Starke Reality

I forgot that this park has MavTV on their cable system. Spent much of the day watching obscure forms of motorsport.

Also got some writing done.

Tonya got to sit out in the cold and rock. Her bliss.

Abigail got to meet a big dog who ignored her barking.

11/15/19 – Rainy Day

Lunch at Grannie’s. The best restaurant in Starke Florida. Then to WalMart which had more people in camouflage than I have ever seen.

For a rental car we have a full-size Chevy SUV. It was the only car available. It’s stupid huge.

11/16/19 – Laundry Day

Finally got around to washing my bike clothes. They REALLY needed it.

An ambulance came to visit our neighbors. It was too dark to see what was going on.

11/17/19 – Another Cold Day

Got some writing done. Tonya managed to sit out in her rocker for a while, but got too cold.

Later the sun came out. Everyone emerged from their metal cocoons. Got to meet the neighbors.

Got takeout from Beef’s. Wonderful redneck bar chat while I waited for the food. It was overwhelming though. On the big TVs, side by side, The Raiders, The Patriots, The 49ers and NASCAR.

The best part though was as one couple got up to leave the woman told the man to give her the keys. He was pretty drunk. After refusing twice she kneed him in the groin. He gave up his keys. The guy next to them said to him, “Are you gonna let her get away with that?” He replied, “That’s our system for telling me that I’m really drunk.”

11/18/19 – The Sun is in the Sky

I rode my bike today to the Oddfellows Cemetery, cause, why not. At the gate someone left an offering of flowers, a large eggplant and an empty bottle of Mad Dog 20/20. There’s a story there.

With the sun came the neighbors a-wandering. One guy with a cute little dog was trying to talk to Tonya so I had to go out and explain that she wasn’t being rude. Then he had to tell me his life story. At one point I let Abigail out to bark at his dog but that didn’t phase him.

11/19/19 – Vet Day

Abigail had a vet appointment today. Everything is looking good.

Went to breakfast at lunch at Grannie’s. Yum!

I was going to ride my bike but I wound up writing instead.

11/20/19 – Bad Doctor Day

My Doctor is an asshole. Time to get a new one. He wouldn’t listen to any questions I had about my health. He prescribed medicines with seeing my lab results first. For the second year in a row he referred me to a cardiologist. Even though last year’s told me I had nothing to worry about.

So later I went for a bike ride. Nice weather finally.


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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: November 21, 2019

Tom Week – Halloween

halloween bug, trick or treating

10/31/19 – HALLOWEEN

It’s Halloween. We are camped on the shore of the Intercoastal Waterway in Surf City North Carolina. Not many kids out here. The view is amazing. Big rain is coming tonight. A bit scary because the water is right there and all the houses along the shore are on stilts.

11/1/19 – Day of the Dead

Lazy, dead, same thing. Spent nearly the entire day sitting in my chair. Got some writing done. That was nice.

It was 25 degrees cooler today. It’s still fairly warm, but the drop takes it toll. Time to head further south.

11/1/19 – Laziest Campground Ever

I accomplished nothing today and I’m proud of that.

Many sailboats went by today. I lost count. Yes, I was counting sailboats.

11/3/19 – Time Change and Blue Velvet

We are in Lumberton North Carolina. This is where the movie Blue Velvet was allegedly set, though it wasn’t filmed here.

We changed time today. Abigail is pissed. She’s pretty sure we’re not feeding her at the right time.

This park has an oddly large number of single middle-aged men. Hmmm? No, no registered sex offenders here.

11/4/19 – Serious Near-Coma Laziness

I can’t blame the time change any more. I just had a do-nothing lazy kind of day. Highlight was watching trucks go by on the highway.

11/5/19 – Back to the lake

We are parked once again on the shores of lake Marion. The guy who led us to our site remembered us. It’s weird coming back to a place so soon. The familiarity is disconcerting.

11/6/19 – Tonya’s Birthday

Waffles for breakfast. Grilled cheese for lunch. Pizza for supper. Happy child.

Bike ride. Thirteen miles. Mostly flat. Many back roads. One dog toll booth. (Dog required petting before I was allowed to pass.)

Another wonderful sunset.


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Tom Week – Beach Land

beach street

10/24/19 – Myrtle Beach

Yes, we are once again in Myrtle Beach. Were are parked about 50 yards from the ocean. The guy at the campground gate gave us a standing ovation for our funky RV. He even took our picture. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that it isn’t as old as it looks.

10/25/19 – Fuddruckers!

I forgot there was a Fuddruckers here. I was looking for restaurants online and saw one that described itself as, “Like Fuddruckers.” Then I remembered. Why to go to a “like” when you can go to the real thing. Best bread in the universe.

Oh yeah; Pat and I got married 22 years ago today. Seems like yesterday and forever ago.

10/26/19 – The Golf Cart Parade

Every evening here at Pirateland the people cruise around in their golf carts visiting with neighbors and scoping out the strangers. Having an odd RV we get a lot of people stopping to take pictures.

Went to Bass Pro Shop today and bought flannel shirts. I am such a guy! The we went to Michaels and Pat bought yarn. She’s such a girl.

10/27/19 – Not Raining

The weatherman lied. We had prepared for a full day of heavy rain. We got a small sprinkle last night and that was it. So I got to go for a nice bike ride. 15 miles. I have a shot at making 100 miles for the month. Haven’t done that in a while.

A quick note on my 100 word posts. They are fiction. They are based in reality and day-dreams, but they are fiction.

10/28/19 – Where To?

When we move on a regular basis it’s pretty easy to pick the next move. But when you’ve settled in for several days it gets harder. You want to prolong the current experience, but you also want something new. In the morning there will be inspiration. I hope.

10/29/19 – Wilmington

We’re escaping the weather. Here the rain is going to be less than elsewhere, and the temperature should be lower. We are severe weather wimps.

10/30/19 – Still Wilmington

Our neighbors are the ultimate Americans. They are sitting outside their RV in lawn chairs, drinking beer and watching Andy Griffith on an external big screen TV.

Good bike ride today. I lubed the chain before the ride and it helped. Great bike paths. 14 miles.


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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 30, 2019

Tom Week – South of the Border

south of the border

10/17/19 – Fayetteville

We’re in a cute little park run by a cute little couple. They remind me of my parents.

The ground is sandy somehow.

10/18/19 – More Fayetteville

Did a pile of laundry today. The adventure never ends.

10/19/19 – Sprouts

There was a Sprouts in Fayetteville. Pat bought bunches of produce.

Today at McDonalds a man asked, “What kinda pies do y’all have?” The south.

We are at this very tacky roadside place called South of the Border, only it’s raining too hard to enjoy it all. Maybe tomorrow.

10/20/19 – Happy Birthday

Today I am 58, which is weird because I’ve been telling people I’m 58 for some time now. I managed to do almost nothing today. Played lot’s of doom and watched a documentary about some abandoned race tracks.

10/21/19 – Lake Marion

We are up the hill from the beach in a beautiful park. Lot’s of squirrels and not nearly as much wet sand as the last place. We are moving south faster than I expected. Soon we’ll be in Georgia. A couple days after that, Florida. Yikes.

10/22/19 – On the Shore

Mega relaxing day. I had a good bike ride, a good nap and got to stare at the lake for an extended period of time.

10/23/19 – Still Here

We decided to sit for another day. I had another good bike ride, another long nap and another wonderful sunset.


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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 23, 2019


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