Running from COVID in our RV Cocoon
by Gerri Almand
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 08 Jun 2021
Sunbury Press, Inc., Brown Posey Press
A couple of grizzled old geezers leave for a months-long RV trip in February 2020.
But they are about to hit a bump in the road.
Gerri and Michael Almand have been living part-time in their RV for years. Gerri has gone from reluctant RV wife to a deep appreciator of the open road, so when it comes time for their next trip, they know they are going to be just fine.
When the pandemic hits, their return home becomes impossible. They must run for their lives to elude the dreaded coronavirus, and they do what any logical senior couple would do…
They sell their home in Florida and embrace a full-time RV life.
They spend six weeks in a nudist RV park, chase after Dennis Hopper’s ghost in Taos, deny themselves a Koi fishing casino expedition in Cripple Creek, learn the art of the ‘wike’ in Leadville, survive a snowstorm outside Colorado Springs, stroll across the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, and nest in the desert in southern California with the Xscapers RV Club.
Running from COVID in Our RV Cocoon is a humorous memoir that shares the highlights of one couple’s paradoxical journey of both losing and finding freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also equipped with helpful tips on transitioning to full-time nomadism and offers the complicated truths of what it’s like to live in an RV during a pandemic.
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Real Life Disaster Movie Memoir. This is one of those memoirs from someone who was "on the ground" at an event that so very many of us have lived through and with, and thus someone whose experiences are at least worth exploring. That noted, Almand and her husband are both 70 ish yr old seniors with comorbidities (including Type 1 Diabetes in her husband) that make them more susceptible to COVID-19, and this does in fact inform much of her own thoughts on the issue. Still, as a memoir of a sort of Gilligan's Island - where they went out expecting one thing and got something dramatically different that cast them into a survival situation - this is quite remarkable. From being at Mardi Gras 2020 to being at some of the last NBA games to be played outside the "bubbles" to piecing together where to go in light of confusing, conflicting, and scant data to the various experiences of coming to terms with the new life and reality, this is truly an interesting memoir. Recommended.
Running from COVID in our RV Cocoon by Gerri Almand is an insightful and sometimes humorous memoir of life on the road in an RV during the Covid pandemic. I could not help but grin each time Gerri's husband called her a psycho! I enjoyed reading about how they tried to travel and stay out of cities with higher numbers of Covid-19 cases. The author writes about how confining, isolating, and depressing it could be at times as they traveled. The two-month maiden trip to test their new RV became a life-changing experience. "This mask is making me stupid" was a chapter in the book that had me feeling indignation at how Gerri was talked to by a highway patrol officer when she was stopped for speeding. Yes, she admitted she was wrong for speeding, and she was respectful to the officer. It appeared he wanted her to beg or grovel and it made me feel angry that there was a lack of respect by that officer for a person who had never had any type of previous citation. There are many scenes in the book that I could identify with during the past year, except the author's fear of rattlesnakes! "I'd never return to the person I'd been before the pandemic struck." I think all people could agree with that statement. It is alarming when you are a senior-aged person and trying to protect yourself from catching an illness that could cause your death from complications. Personally, I had friends who went into the hospital with Covid and died there with no family and friends. It has been scary! The descriptions of scenery, parks, and places the author visited are beautifully written. So many of the places they stayed are remarkably familiar to me and I could feel as if I were traveling there again as I read of their adventures. Publication Date: June 1, 2021 Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.