Yesterday I wrote about the possibility of heading for Texas when I leave Colorado and then going to Arizona when and if Texas weather gets too cold for me, and the more I thought about it the more it sounded like a good idea.
I've been looking for a way to break out of the current rut I'm in of making a big circle almost every winter down through Arizona, up through New Mexico, and back to Colorado. This new plan would get me off that well-worn path and put me on some new roads, or at least roads I haven't been on for a while, before the rut gets so deep I can't see out and no longer realize I'm in a rut.
New roads bring new horizons, new challenges, and a sense of freedom, and I feel those things help keep me feeling young. Old familiar roads bring security, complacency, and a sense of belonging. Not necessarily bad things, but I don't believe their things that will help me feel young, in fact us old folks generally seek out those situations, and the next thing you know your playing shuffleboard, learning how to knit, making three doctors appointments a week, stocking up on Ensure, and joining the Metamucil of the month club.
When I left Padre island Texas which was December 2016, I had pretty much decided that because of the exceptionally bad weather during the three weeks I was camped on the beach, and all the rust on every bit of exposed metal on the Arctic Fox, the truck, and my motorcycle, I had pretty much made up my mind to never do that again. But time, along with my geezer recollections, has erased a lot of my memories of Padre island, not to mention where I parked my truck yesterday. So maybe if I could be there when the weather is better, and the storms aren't rolling in once or twice a week blowing salt and sand all over everything it might be a better experience for me. If not, then this time I'll get the heck off the beach and go somewhere else.
I haven't totally made up my mind that this is what I'm going to do, I might wake up tomorrow and decide to go to Florida. But at this particular moment I am leaning in the Texas direction.