Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | April 14, 2011

Inspiring Women

I’ve always considered myself a fairly courageous woman, but this past week I met two different ladies who put me to shame, and evidently they are just two of many of their breed!

When we first moved into our new campsite in Cedar Key, there was a lively woman named Michelle camped next to us.

She is in her 60’s, divorced, and lives full-time in her motorhome, traveling all over the country for the past 5 years, solo, with her little dog, JoJo.

She’d spent the winter at Sunset Isle RV, and was getting ready to pull out of the campground to head up north for the summer, visiting family and friends along the way.

After Michelle took off, her space was occupied by Sally, who has been traveling solo in a cute little Airstream travel trailer since she sold her house and retired last year.

It was interesting to watch her back the camper into her site, level and set it up all by herself.  She was competent, and quite comfortable taking care of everything. Impressive.

I’m not sure that I could do that at this moment, and I’m grateful that I don’t have to try it to find out.

When I was widowed in 2006, I sold my pick-up and pop-up camper, thinking I would never have occasion to use them by myself.

I’d done a little solo traveling in the 60’s ~ hitchhiking here and there ~ and thinking nothing of the potentially difficult situations that I could run into.

I am older and a bit wiser now, so the prospect of running around all by myself was a bit daunting.

I was also not in a position at the time to take off on my own, as the need for a regular income with which I could support myself was a necessity.

Now that I am somewhat retired, and living the full-time RV lifestyle with Keith, it is easier to envision either one of us continuing on, solo, should we ever have to do so ~ though we might decide to downsize from our 37′ fifth wheel!

There is a group called “L.O.W.” ~ “Loners On Wheels” ~ created for solo travelers.

They are part of an international organization of single men and women who like to travel and camp.

They make the point of telling you that they are not a matchmaking service, and if you are a member and pair up with a partner, you can no longer travel with the group!

A southern chapter of L.O.W. met at the last campground we worked at.

Members ages ranged from the fifties to seventies (maybe older), and they had a grand old time swapping stories, problem-solving RV issues, and planning the next route of their travels.

So, if you are a solo RV’er, or are even thinking about taking the plunge, check out the L.O.W. website, and you will have a huge group of instant friends.

I will close this post with a heartfelt “Thank You” to Michelle and Sally, for having the courage to strike out on your own, and I will wish safe travels to you and all the “Loners on Wheels” out there…. remember to “keep it between the lines”!


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