My parents have had a rough time this last week or so, and I've spent a lot of time on the phone trying to make sure they are taken care of.
In addition to my Mom's fall last week, they are both sick this week, and they have lost three close relatives, with my Dad's older sister passing away this morning at age 99 after being bed-ridden for quite some time. I'm talking to them every day and sometimes twice a day.
This morning, I arranged for our home health care angel, Ashley, to take them to an urgent care center to see if they can't get some help for their chronic colds. Fortunately, the reports after the doctor visit indicate that we aren't in an emergency situation, but it will take time for them to get better.
We're going to be flying in at the end of the month, but we kicked around the prospect of me flying in early and have been trying to figure out the logistics of that should it be necessary. Such are the challenges of many of us full-timers in our age bracket.
We decided to go ahead and move south today. If I need to make a quick flight, we'll need to get the rig to Linda's sister's house in Jacksonville and we want to be a short one-day drive from there.
With lots of phone calls and coordination, I didn't do my usual in-depth trip planning, but just printed a quick Google map and forwarded the directions link to our phones for navigation. I usually check out the smaller roads to make sure they are suitable for a big rig, but today we were crossing our fingers and winging it.
By the time we dumped tanks at the dump station and exited the park, it was already noon. We briefly considered staying another day, but that wasn't going to help us if we needed to make some quick decisions about travel.
Fortunately, the back roads were good and traffic was almost non-existent as we made our way through rural South Carolina and Georgia. Around 3:30, we ended our 180-mile drive at Gordonia-Alatamah State Park in Reidsville, Georgia.
We paid for four nights knowing that we might have to leave early. As I've mentioned many times, Georgia State Parks don't reserve individual sites, so as long as one site is unreserved for the length of our stay, we can choose any open site.
After driving the Jeep through the campground, we selected a long pull-through site that is more open than the others, Site 1A.
We have 30-amp electric and water and a great view of the lake.
We got everything set up, and we hope to be able to enjoy the park a little, but there is a pall of worry. Hopefully, we'll see some gradual improvement for my parents tonight and over the next couple of days.
Signing off until next time.