Annie here- I’ve got the con for this tale. It all began Monday Oct 27; but wait, it actually all began several years ago before my time so I had to gather that chapter from s/v Ortolan, which wasn’t easy to do, her being up in Maine you know. But she is doing well and shared her knowledge so that I might do the same.
Seems that Ms. Ortolan and crew had met a single-handed cruiser a few years ago in St Augustine and met up with him several times that year; a Mr John Carnie on m/v Vulcan. He’s a Canadian citizen but I do not believe he was born in Canada. Anyway he’s quite the senior traveler and seems that he was inspired by my owners to sell that condo, buy a motorhome and hit the road with his wife of two years, Katie, a lovely woman from Venezuela.
So my new tile floor is just completed with new step covers in place, I’m looking good and bam Rodney arrives. Oh, now Rodney is a 2011 Avanti, approx. 32ft and towing a black pickup truck; sexy is a word that came to mind as he drove past. But looks aren’t everything and here’s what we all learned in one interesting hour:
– When you arrive after hours check for site info, etc that the office would leave for you
– Try not to make a tight turn by a dumpster or any large object
– But if you screw up on the first two, at least have friends nearby who can assist
– Have your important tools handy and be sure you can remove your tow bar several ways
– Tow a stick shift vehicle because an automatic may need to have the drive shaft disengaged while towing and then you have to crawl under to re-engage
– And lastly, keep calm and know you are getting another good story