If you read my blog at all, you know I’ve been RVing up the Pacific Coast Highway for the past 6+ weeks. We just experienced a mechanical problem that forced us to have our RV towed and worked on by a shop in a more major town. While it was in the shop, we were forced to check into a motel. Within 24 hours of being checked in the motel I started realizing some things I’ve really missed while I’ve been on the road. Some are obvious and I knew about them, but others didn’t register until we were there for awhile.
Fast and Reliable Internet
I knew this was going to be a problem before we even left. In fact, it was the one major worry I had – since it was kind of an unknown how coverage would be along our route. Needless to say, Internet access has become a real problem on this trip. Over the past 6 weeks there hasn’t been a period where I’ve had decent Internet speeds and a reliable connection. I’ve been using a combination of RV park Internet and my Verizon Aircard / Virgin Mobile Aircard – all of which have proved to suck. Being in the hotel was a welcome break since the Internet worked great the entire time.
It wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t make my living with the Internet. For me, not having Internet access is equal to a retail store locking their front door. Very frustrating.
While we’ve had amazing meals on this trip, I’m struggling with my diet while on the road. It’s been harder the further north we head as the Farmers’ Markets become few and far between. It just isn’t season up here yet. We’ve been getting amazing seafood, but we’re lacking in fruits and veggies which have become the cornerstone of my diet. I also find myself eating stuff I wouldn’t otherwise eat since it’s easy to make excuses. Stuff like “well, I’m on vacation” or “I won’t be back here again”. I end up getting things like fish and chips or fried shrimp that taste great, but I regret later. Our hotel was directly across the street from a Trader Joe’s and I instantly realized how much I’ve been craving a good organic grocery store.
Working out has become an issue on the road. We haven’t been completely sedentary – in fact we’ve done a decent amount of stuff. However, it’s been limited to hiking and some biking, which don’t really get the heart rate up. The hotel we stayed in had a gym and I took advantage of it twice. It was a welcome change to go for a run and come back completely sweaty and out of breath.
Even though we were only in a hotel room, it’s still bigger than our RV. Just having space to stretch out and not feel like the walls are right on top of you is really nice. I miss having several rooms to move around in and have some space to myself.
Long hot showers
This is something else I didn’t realize I missed until we got to the hotel. I have to tell you, it was nice taking a 10-12 minute shower with the temperature cranked all the way up. We’ve been limited to low pressure, not so hot, 3-5 minute showers in the RV. To me, nothing is refreshing as a nice long hot shower.
I know this post sounds like I’m complaining, but it’s quite the opposite. I’ve really enjoyed this trip so far and if it weren’t for Internet access issues I could see staying out on the road for a long long time. It’s been a great experience seeing so much of the country. However, I can tell the Internet issues are going to be what ends this trip. I’m not sure how much longer I can deal with it…..