Changeover: Sails to Wheels

Figuring out the best way to transition this blog from a cruising M.O. to one of road cruising in our land boat has proven way more challenging than the research and purchase of said “new” land boat.

First let me thank all who have faithfully/regularly/sometimes checked on the blog and without whose behind the scenes support I would have likely stopped writing by now. I know many will turn off the TV at this channel change from s/v Ortolan to m/h Anne and I will miss you. If you stick around for the land travels I hope you enjoy our adventures as we visit some old haunts and many new ones.

Introductions are in order.

Bonny: 2003 MINI Cooper. Seldom appeared in posts due to lack of floatation ability. Spent past four winters cooped up but isn’t sure being a toad behind a motorhome is any improvement. Travel days make her dusty and dirty and well, the rear end view of m/h Anne with her diesel exhaust isn’t any prize.

Stuff that MINI- packed full for the drive to VA and then we bought pillows!

Stuff that MINI- packed full for the drive to VA and then we bought pillows!

Anne: 2007 Winnebago Journey 36G. Named by our son as a nod to our pirate roots (see this post) (but that’s not the real reason) after lady pirate Anne Bonny. Get it? Of course. Clyde seemed the natural name but it wasn’t working for us. Believes she’s the new star of the show and we’re happy to feed that illusion as long as she behaves. Nicknamed Annie. Never been up north but so far handling the torn up NE roads and cold (she ain’t seen nothing yet)

At our first RV park we tested out everything possible and thought we had so much storage- ha!

At our first RV park we tested out everything possible and thought we had so much storage- ha!

Here’s a quick tour; more like “before” pictures since we are still hard at work on interior renovations (we tell Anne they are spa treatments) and sorry for the mess; the reality is even worse than the photos! I will backtrack after this and get you caught up on where we’ve been although Anne’s been itching to tell the stories.

Interior shot on Day 2- still at the dealer's lot

Interior shot on Day 2- still at the dealer’s lot

 

Space where a small sofa once lived made for a convenient dumping place

Space where a small sofa once lived made for a convenient dumping place

 

Less than 3 weeks later a kitchen island, sans casters with storage and a large 30"x40" hardwood top

Less than 3 weeks later a kitchen island, sans casters, with storage and a large 30″x 42″ hardwood top

 

Bedroom with new quilt, blanket and sheets. The entire closet and drawers below, to the right, slides in and out.

Bedroom with new quilt, blanket and sheets. Closets to the right slide in and out.

 

Fat back TV

Fat back TV

A large, very deep cavity remains when we remove the old TV

A large, very deep cavity remains when we remove the old TV

 

New flat screen TV  with blu-ray DVD player and mini sound bar.

New flat screen TV with blu-ray DVD player and mini sound bar.

The TV is attached to the wall in back by a moveable bracket. The slide, which you can see the edge of on the left, clears the corner of the TV by an inch as it moves in and out. When Russ is done, the remaining openings at the top of the TV will be filled in and the wires moved out of sight.

 

The water and laundry closet.

The water and laundry closet.

The toilet is separate from the shower/sink area which is a layout we both wanted. The m/h came with a Splendide washer/dryer combo which is no speed demon but gets the job done very well and I must confess to being very happy to have it. It doesn’t replace doing laundry in a laundromat (either in town or at the CG) but for small loads, delicates or just drying wet towels, it is simply splendid to have on board.

Guess that about does it for now. Happy trails.

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2 thoughts on “Changeover: Sails to Wheels

    • Thanks! Good to hear from you- am always amazed at how many projects you fit in between all the fun times! Wash DC looked fantastic and I would LOVE to see the 1964 Worlds Fair exhibit. Went when I was in 2nd grade- very memorable.

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