We always meet interesting people on the road. Bob with the 2001 diesel pusher Bounder was our neighbor at Warrior RV Park in Tulsa.
We started chatting with Bob because he had this really cool slide topper that wrapped around the sides as well as the top of the slide. Our slide topper was ripped to shreds early in our journey. We finally took it off completely, and we’ve been looking for just the right the replacement ever since.
We were bummed when Bob told us that the topper had been discontinued. But in the process, Mike was invited into Bob’s spotless rig and got to learn a bit more about him. Bob was from Worland, Wyoming, which was cool because Mike is from Cheyenne. Bob’s sole companion was his fluffy white dog Cheebee as his wife had recently passed. A couple of years ago, his wife had suffered a stroke. Bob added a lift to the motorhome so that they could continue to enjoy their travels. The lift mechanism was still attached by the door. Bob was in Tulsa to bring his sister home from his wife’s services. His next stop after winterizing the rig was returning home to Worland.
Bob turned out to be a member of iRV2, one of our favorite forums and the hosts of our first RV rally. He and Mike are now friends on the forum so they can stay in touch.
Mike was working at Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, so our next stop after Waco was Tulsa. We chose Warrior RV Park because it was fairly close to the dealership, had good reviews, and was reasonably priced. $28 a day included a pull-through site with full hook-ups and a grassy strip with a picnic table.
Warrior RV Park has 38 pull-throughs with 30- or 50-amp service and concrete pads that are 8 feet by 15 feet. There are also 17 back-in spots with 30-amp service. There’s a dumpster on the back side for trash along with a larger grassy area for walking the dogs. The highway runs next to the park, so it can be loud. Our rig’s insulation kept the road noise to minimum when we were inside. A bathroom/laundry building is roughly in the center of the park. The park has decent free Wi-Fi and a ridiculously large selection of free cable channels. We especially appreciated the propane tank on property because we wanted to have plenty of propane as we headed out to Milwaukee.
My memories of our stay in Tulsa will always be bittersweet. We had to say goodbye to our Charlie kitty while we were there. He developed a saddle thrombus in the afternoon on January 14th that cut off the blood supply to his legs. Mike was able to leave work early, bringing the Jeep with him, and we took Charlie to a vet Mike’s students had recommended. The vet and his assistant were very kind, but there was nothing they could do to save our boy. Since Charlie was 23 years old, we knew his time was going to come soon. It still broke our hearts, though, to have to let him go. He was with me for half my life, and he’s irreplaceable.
When I learned that the wife of the couple that owns the park rescues cats, I gave her Charlie’s leftover food and made sure to buy a chocolate bar that she sells for fundraising. I rescued Charlie all those years ago, and it made me feel good to help someone else trying to do the same.
Well before we hit the road, we found the RV community so helpful and welcoming. Mike and I joined forums like iRV2 and listened to podcasts like Living the RV Dream with John and Kathy and RV Navigator with Ken and Martha. These communities have provided invaluable information and resources. But, more important, they give the RVing life personality and a feeling of camaraderie. Meeting those we’ve chatted with online or heard over the stereo is like reconnecting with long-lost friends.
That’s why we were so excited that our stop in Tulsa was just 45 minutes away from where Bobby and Sue, from the Living the RV Life podcast, currently live. Bobby and Sue haven’t moved into an RV yet, but they started the podcast to chronicle their journey toward living a simpler, mobile life. Aside from sharing their story, they do terrific interviews with other RVers and noamdic entrepreneurs. They interviewed us in November of 2013 for episode 16, and we thoroughly enjoyed the conversation.
As we motored toward Tulsa from Waco, Texas, we emailed Bobby and Sue to see if they could get together. Lucky for us, they had time for dinner. We met at Los Cabos restaurant in Owasso, a nice halfway point between our two locations.
Bobby and Sue are even more delightful in person. Over chips and salsa, we chatted up a storm about our first six months on the road and where they’re at with selling their home, buying a rig and Bobby’s new job. There was lots of laughter interspersed with serious moments when we candidly shared worries and down times. For us, it was terrific to talk with people who get it, even though they haven’t started motorhoming yet. I hope it was great for them, too, despite the fact that they couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
If you have a chance to meet up with your fellow full-timers, don’t hesitate to see if they’re free. Part of the joy of this lifestyle is making new, wonderful friends, especially those who celebrate the vagabond vibe like you do.