I have been feeling a bit “ordinary” lately. After being on the road full time for over a year, I can honestly say this is the first time that I have felt somewhat unsettled in my conviction to this lifestyle. I have even had a couple of those little pangs of “ugh, is this nomadic lifestyle too much for me while trying to hold down a full time job? And if I can’t get up the nerve to quit the job, well then….” But then I stop and ask myself, “If not this, then where?” No other option resonates like this one, so I will continue to press on and trust that my loss of mojo is just temporary.
I know much of it is attributed to the fact that I have hit a couple of “bumps” in the road lately. Literally. I ran over some debris in the road that was flung at me by a passing truck…no time to swerve. In one swift, freak fly-by, the debris severed my omni-directional antenna cable that I need for work. Severed beyond repair unless I learn to solder on the road. 😉
My cabinet door latch quit working while I was driving down the road, sending dishes scattering all over the floor. My retractable door shade broke, and I can’t figure out how to fix it. And my alternator is not charging my house batteries properly. Duct tape has become my closest traveling companion. Too bad it doesn’t work for the mind…
This rig is five years old now, and will soon roll over 40,000 miles. I realize it is never going to get any “newer” than it is right now. So I need to learn not to take it so personally when things go wrong. It’s only money, yet when something on the Winnie breaks, I feel the wound, as if it were my own shell. I have been taught to expect good in my life, and that is typically what manifests. So when things go badly, I don’t take it well.
So for this reason, I decided I needed a splurge….and for me that typically means a nice long soak in a hot tub/spring or a massage. So where better for a little “TLC than T or C?” Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
I needed a place where I could park the rig near the hot springs, and Riverbend Hot Springs seemed like the dream situation. Full hook-ups with unlimited soaking right across the street. My only objection was a hefty $55 a night fee for a gravel parking lot! I would have to do a LOT of soaking to justify that price, but after a few weeks of feeling like I am shriveling up in the dust bowl, I was up for the challenge!
Riverbend Hot Springs is full of zen-inducing charm. It is small, so it can feel crowded very fast, but thankfully that didn’t happen too many times during my three night body-soaking vs wallet-soaking challenge. They have several pools of varying temps, but by far the primo spot is overlooking the Rio Grande. Though the river is dry in most places, it is dammed up to hold water in this area. As I understand it, this is to keep pressure on the hot springs to insure flow. Riverbend has installed tiny twinkly blue and green laser lights on the roof which reflect into the nearby trees and reeds, and dance across the river making it appear like an enchanted oasis after dark.
There are some cute little cafes and great quality restaurants in T or C. My two favorites were the White Coyote Café, which has great breakfast quiches and fresh baked goods. And Latitude 33, specializing in Asian Fusion. Both offered their own brand of TLC, after such a long stretch of eating my own cooking.
And what better way to soak up some TLC than a visit with fellow nomadic bloggers? After my indulgence at the Riverbend Hot Springs, I moved on down the road to the Caballo Lake State Park, and dropped my nightly rate from $55 to $14! But the real reason was to stalk some of my favorite bloggers.
Roxanne and Annie were the first bloggers I ever met, back in 2011 at the Georgia “WSGGTG” (Women Go Solo Get Together) — they, in the biggest rig I had ever seen, the Good Luck Duck-mobile, and me in my tent. 😉 I was just an RVer wanna be back then, so it was great to see them again and talk about all has transpired since that first get together.
And I also got to meet the famous Katie and her compadre, Barb, from Me and My Dog….and my RV! We had a great visit on everything from solar to social media in their gorgeous dry camping spot along the river at Caballo Lake State Park (free with a NM pass! How ‘bout that!)
After long extended soaks in the springs and riverside chats, I am feeling restored and ready to press on across the blazing hot west in my attempt to make the Skinnie Winnie Rally in southern Oregon by Memorial Day…