If the Ford Don’t Break I’m Alabamy Bound
May 16, 2007

Huntsville, AL, Day One at the Bankston Motor Homes, Sales Lot

Day One in our bus.

MovingIntoBus_smThursday, May 10. We drive to Burbank for doctor appointments at USC.

We left Los Altos on Wednesday, May 9th. Finally we are on the road in Dennis’s Ford 250 pickup truck with the new camper shell installed. We drove with the dogs and some of our goods from Los Altos in the San Francisco Bay Area to Burbank, CA in the Los Angeles area for doctor’s visits. We stopped in Burbank at the Holiday Inn so that Dennis could have a CT scan and see his cancer doctor at USC Norris Cancer Research Center in Los Angeles. Dennis got a clean bill of health and we made plans to see Dr. Weber next November in his new research facility in Tampa, FL.

Tuesday, May 15. We drive to Huntsville, AL.

We’re Alabamy bound.  (“If the train don’t stop and turn around, I’m Alabamy bound, I’m Alabamy bound.” — a ragtime melody composed by Robert Hoffman in 1909 and sung with many versions and by many artists as rag, folk song, blues, old-time, and jazz.)

Immediately after seeing Dr. Weber, we turned eastward to Huntsville, AL. We left LA and drove to Kingman, AR on Friday the 11th . On Saturday the 12th we drove to Albuquerque, NM where we found time to see Old Town and have dinner in the oldest private residence in the city. On Sunday the 13th we drove to Amarillo, TX and on Monday the 14th we made it to Clarksville, AR. On Tuesday the 15th we arrived in Huntsville, AL and stayed in our last motel.

Wednesday, May 16. We meet Ray Cyree at Bankston Motor Homes.

On Wednesday morning we finally got to go to Bankston Motor Homes to meet our salesman, Ray Cyree, and to see our new bus. Ray had it hooked up to power and water and told us to move into our new home that very day. We felt very shy and hesitant. Is it really okay to move into this strange new vehicle? We haven’t even paid for it yet. Is it really okay to sleep in the sales lot? Won’t we be a nuisance? We barely know how to hook up the water and turn on the tap. Can we turn on the electric lights? We brought in sheets and towels and the stuff we would bring into a motel.

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