Preparation for a 6 Week Road Trip in France
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May 13, 2015 - Limping Toward a Trip
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>> We began preparing for a six week road trip in France last September and by now, have our plane tickets, plus reservations for our first and last hotels, which are in Versailles (so we can see the palace) and Paris.
We also decided to travel light. I, for example, planned on taking a carry-on piece of luggage (formally known as a computer lugtop case) and a huge Baggalini handbag, which is big enough for my iPad Air, two cameras, cosmetics, and far, far more. For checked luggage, we planned on taking two adult kick scooters (Oxelo Town 9s) packaged together. We might purchase an extra bag upon returning to hold gifts (think "French candy") and other purchases.
Then, two weeks ago, my right leg, starting at my knee, began giving out for reasons unknown. I might have twisted it (X-rays show nothing and I am waiting on an MRI report), but as of now, rest and exercise has provided no tangible improvement. Unfortunately, this is no small limping problem. The only way I can walk from A to B is with crutches.
Anyway, dispite this setback, we have not decided how to proceed with our planned trip:
- Option 1 is that I travel with crutches and, because we'll be traveling by car, relax as much in France as at home. Of course, I won't be able to walk a block, but I can be driven to almost anywhere, plop myself down, and sketch or write without feeling deprived.
- Option 2 is that my husband (Phil) go to France by himself. He could elect to stay for 6 weeks, or come home early.
- Option 3 is that neither of us go.
Tomorrow's report will be on the results of my MRI and my determination to do something useful.
May 14: MRI, New Clothing, and Increased Resolve!
>> The results of my MRI were not good in that it showed that I had significant damage to the lateral and medial meniscus of my right knee. The MRI looked like what would happen if Floyd Mayweather tried to twist my leg off at the knee, then discovered it was more firmly attached then he thought.
The good news is that my doctor administered a cortisone shot which is supposed to reduce the injury's swelling. I feel much better tonight (although realize that I will not be kick scooting, going on long hikes, or dancing on the beach for sometime) and was prepared to make the decision as to whether to accompany my husband to France when . . .
. . . I received the clothing I ordered for the trip and *everything fit.* Talk about a good omen! Tomorrow, I'll upload a quick video of my traveling attire, crutches, knee brace, and all.
May 15: Almost on my way . . .
Prior to all the preparation, and possibly non-preparation, for this upcoming trip, I attempted to update Littleviews through the use of WordPress (oy! MessPress) and learned how to use an iPad Air.
What I learned about the iPad Air is that I can do everything I can do on my desktop computer, only differently. How differently? My husband shot the video of me limping along in my finest traveling clothing, with the whole production done on my iPad Air; 10 minutes from start to finish.
May 17: One more full day before lift-off
>> I am just about packed, not that I'm bringing so much with that it required a full day. What happened when we started selecting things to bring on our trip is that our activity inspired a full-blown bout of spring cleaning. Has that ever happened to you?
Tomorrow I pack art supplies and am torn between taking some paper and a few pens or taking everything I own. Both choices seem reasonable.
May 18: My biggest fear . . .
>> I actually have two big fears before embarking on our 6-week road trip. The first is that I won't bring the "right" kind of art supplies, and the second, that I won't draw or paint as well as the people who contribute to the Urban Sketchers on Facebook.
With respect to my first fear, I assume that with France being France, I should be able to buy supplies there if I run short (still, fear is fear). With respect to the second, I better up my game!
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Karen Little - Karen@Littleviews.com
Article series by Karen Little for www.Littleviews.com. Photos by Karen and Phil Little. Series began on May 13, 2015. All rights reserved.