01.25.19 Saying Goodbye to Dora

Image result for when things come to an endFriday, January 25, 2019 – The day has come when Dora pulled out of her driveway for the last time. At 6:30 am, her new daddy Patrick left here with Dora headed to the west coast to her new home where she’ll meet her new mom and family!

Here is a video showing our last look at her.  Bye sweet thing!

Yesterday, Thursday, Chip (our youngest son) drove us to the New Orleans airport where we met up with Patrick who had flown in here from California. We were early and his plane landed early! We liked him from moment one. Chip took us all out to eat at Dot’s Diner on Williams Blvd. in Kenner. I had a delicious philly cheesesteak! It was big I brought some home!

Next, we went to our friend Ron’s home (he’s a notary) to sign our agreement and have it all notarized.  Here we are at the Big Moment! Thanks Ron for always being a great friend!

We made our way across the lake to our home showing Patrick all the swamps along the way!  He then got to meet Dora face to face.  I gave him my short tour of Dora. I look rather worried in the second photo below.  I wasn’t but maybe that’s my serious look! When Roy made it home he and Patrick spent hours going over all of Dora’s functions and systems.

This should be our last blog post under the Dora and the Explorers theme.  In a few days the site will be down while I get the new look and new theme in place.  It will look totally different but the address will always be rosalynandroy.com and if you are currently a follower you will continue to be a follower.

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01.17.19 No more Dora and the Explorers

Dora’s departure has been changed since I originally wrote this.  She’ll be taking off for the west coast on Friday, January 25th.

Wednesday, January 17, 2019 – Everyone we know seems to know Dora, our Class A 39 foot Fleetwood Excursion motor home.  She has been an overwhelmingly big part of our lives since 2012 when we decided to sell everything we owned and move into Dora to travel all around our beautiful country.

We traveled with her through all 48 states from 2012 to 2018.

In 2018 we moved out of Dora and into our small house we built in Amite.

We started renting Dora out in May of 2018 and continued doing that until December 2018.

She’s been up for sale since then and we recently got an offer from a wonderful couple in California to take over her notes. The husband is an RV mechanic, they both have been renting out several RVs and have a lot of experience with it.  They will rent her out some and take her on the road with them when they travel.

Our attorney has been involved throughout all of this process.  I can’t say how wonderful he has been. We’ve also consulted with an insurance expert and another attorney.  This is not a transaction we are entering into lightly.

This morning Roy said words I had not thought of before.  “The name of our blog can no longer be Dora and the Explorers”  I almost broke down and cried.  My heart ached. I know, it’s a vehicle, it’s not a person and I know it is an decision we made. Now that we are working out all of the details with the California couple to transfer Dora to them the reality is hitting me.

Her Dora sign on the back has been removed.

The Boots sign on the back of our truck has been removed as well.

I’ve made a couple of trips over to Dora to bring supplies they will need as they drive Dora to California.  Each time I’ve sat down and had a talk with Dora.  Last time I told her she was going to get to live in California with a new family. I told her that was really cool. I know I am doing these silly talks to help me.

From where I usually sit in the living room I see Dora out the window.

Next Wednesday I won’t see her out of that window any longer.  The new folks are flying into New Orleans on Tuesday.  We’ll take care of the paperwork and give them the full training on all things Dora.  They will drive her back to their home on Wednesday.

I’ve written so many blog posts about our adventures and life with Dora. This new phase of our life will be without her and I just felt the need to share this with ya’ll!  God has been with us every step of the way in our RV full-timing adventure.  We live confident that He will continue leading, guiding and directing our lives.

Since our blog can no longer be titled “Dora and the Explorers” we’ve been tossing about some new names.  The one that is kinda sticking is “No Mora Dora and the Explorers.”  Let us know what you think about that one.  We’d love to get suggestions from ya’ll so if you have one please leave it in the comment section below!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!