Pat and Jean are anything but old broads but they like to tell people are. Their email handle, SOBIB, is an anagram for Some Old Broads In Business.
I met them in a campground in Monterey where they were staying in their motorhome, a 26’ Safari Trek, they bought new in ‘95. I am learning that people who own Safari Treks are much more a family than people who own other motorhomes in common. I mentioned I’d met a couple of people in Washington cruising in their Safari for 18 years and they said, “Oh, you mean Doug and Vera.”
These two gals are characters, hands-on operators of their coach. Pat built their Toad (took me weeks to figure out Toad is the generic name of any car being Towed). A ’64 VW bug with a slick paint job and a chromed, souped-up engine that Pat promises will drive up a wall.
You might wonder about the personal safety of a pair of 70-year old broads traveling alone across the country until you realize they hail from Arkansas and Texas. They carry a Mossberg pistol-grip shotgun, a nickel-plated 38 police special, and a palm-held 22. If you needed a bodyguard, you’d hire THEM.
Before I left them I asked if they’d like to meet some ROMEO’s. I took their widened eyes to be a YES so I told them there was a group of old sailors in Fort Lauderdale who met at a downtown diner for breakfast. They dubbed themselves the ROMEO club because they are Really Old Men Eating Out
Monterey Ca. Dec 18, 2010