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Old 10-24-2016, 12:07 PM   #29
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Not that you need a reason to buy an RV and hit the road but we stopped to for our annual physical in NC where our NH doctor moved. We told him we'd follow him where ever he went. We both use the same doctor.

He's a wonderful man in the New Bern, NC area. He always reminds us if we need anything medical while we're traveling to call him and he'll make an appropriate appointment for us. Just a great resource for people who've traveled 7 months a year for the last 16 years. In those years we've only used the service twice but it's comforting.

We are 74 now and had our best medical report since we've been traveling. We consider this amazing because we're really old. We both lost about 8 more pounds this year. Ginny continues doing her planks and we're both adding a yoga position, the downward facing dog. Ginny wants to increase her upper body strength and I'll be supporting her by doing it as well.

I'm amazed that at our age we continue to get better, and so is the doctor. He says few people are willing to try to change. The biggest miracle of the whole visit was that after testing Ginny's knees he said they seem to have recovered from when we started... Ginny's had knee issues for a couple of decades but hasn't been bothered in a long time.

The biggest disappointment was they stopped doing a PSA test (for Prostrate cancer). He says I'm too old. He says 70% of men who are 80 have Prostrate Cancer. In old people it grows slowly and the cure is worse than the disease. It was shocking to be told I'm too old to be cured. Oh well there is a message there.

Oh yes Ginny and I think one of the best things we ever did was buy a trailer and hit the road. We just completed this year's 7 month trip and are already planning next year's trip. Traveling together is stimulating in so many ways.

I received an email today and the writer was surprised about our recent trip to Jonesborough, TN "After all these years, you're still finding new and exciting places."
Hi Norm and Ginny,

Thank you for the thread and so nice to hear about your good health and continued travels. I joined this forum in late summer 2015. I read many of your posts to Laura. You and others inspired us not wait until retirement or until the kids graduated from college before traveling and RVing. We bought our new to us Casita in November '15 and started camping in March '16 and by mid November this year we will finish the camping season with 38 nights. We look forward to traveling more, but so glad that we started as empty nesters rather than waiting.

I have dabbled with yoga. It is so ding-dang hard! I am always so happy when it is over. Does the yoga make me happy or I am just happy to have it done with!!! In any case, yoga is good medicine to help the body and soul.

Thanks again for the thread!

Take care,

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Old 10-24-2016, 12:45 PM   #30
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We're home in FL and back to our normal routine with one addition, the Downward Facing Dog (DFD) Yoga position. Here we are at 74 trying to do something we haven't been able to do in probably 50 years... or more.

Both Ginny and I added it to our exercise routines yesterday.,, wow really hard. It will take us weeks to do this one the correct way. We are simply not flexible enough to get this right without a lot of work but Ginny wants to improve her strength and I can see it will help.

Yesterday we watched the Patriots football game.. really our first television in seven months. We watched the punter kick, that guy could easily do the DFD. He can literally kiss his knee, his kicking leg is literally parallel to his chest, just amazing flexibility.

I guess if we can happily live in our little Scamp for 310 days in a row, we can do this as well. Another little life challenge.
Norm and Ginny, if you're adding in Downward Dog, consider also adding Cobra. The movement between these two is very beneficial, strength building, etc. You can start cobra very low down, elbows bent (more like Sphinx) and gradually raise up. I think Cobra counteracts the spine's natural inclination to round forward as we get older. I round BACK as much as I possibly can, especially in the shoulder area. When you find you can easily raise from cobra to DD, you will be really With It!. (It's a nice sequence with plank also)
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Ellpea,
Thanks for the excellent suggestion. I watched a video and it does look like a good transition.

I wonder how many people do yoga.

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We get our eyes tested every year and look forward, no glasses and improved color, to their replacement.

We had an older friend who had one eye done. When she returned home she went wild because she could for the first time see the color scheme of her house, which she now hated. Most of her friends had silently felt the same way.

The good and the bad.

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Ellpea,

I wonder how many people do yoga.
Not enough people!
Fun fact: One school started sending kids to meditation and yoga room instead of detention. Amazing results. Fewer fights, arguments, kids behaved better.
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Dean,
Glad that you had 38 days out. If I had bought an RV before retiring, I would have retired earlier. When we returned to FL this week Ginny said that the last 7 months were our best ever.

They were a good 7 road months, like summer vacation as a child but longer.

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Dean,
I've become a real routine guy, up early, exercises, writing, breakfast and a two mile walk with friends, done by 9am and ready for the day.

Yesterday I power washed the house and put up the hurricane awnings. Today I power washed the roof. This all gets us ready for 5-6 months in FL.

Life is good.

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Routine.
One nice aspect of our morning routine is it defines a start to each day.

Both Ginny and are doing the plank, the cobra and downward facing dog. Having joint activities helps strengthen long term RV travels. Often we'll read the same books providing common discussion points.

Since certain we've become travelers, I've learned to be more attentive to Ginny, paying more attention to who she is, a growing experience for me and a real benefit of our travels.

By the way the Cobra is a very good starting point to in yoga. Thanks for the input.

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