As you already know now we have launched into both the very best journey of our lives, or the worst thought we’ve ever had, solely time will inform. We lastly received on the street, dwelling the RV Life about two months in the past with the intention of dwelling like hippies on their technique to Woodstock. We weren’t going to emphasize about something ever once more, we have been simply going to wing it and make it up as we go, it was going to be a pleasant stress-free journey across the nation following 70 diploma excellent climate days. Simply Me, My Spouse, and Our Canine.
You hear tales like ours on a regular basis, possibly not from actual individuals you really meet, however undoubtedly on these cable journey channels. It’s often somebody who was once a butterfly photographer that simply bought their home for 1.5 Million, however not Actual individuals.
Sounds nice proper? Pile of money within the financial institution, wind in your hair as you go down the street, flipping 1 / 4 at each cease signal to see which manner you’re going subsequent…
Up to now it hasn’t gone like that in any respect.
My birthday is in early March, and in New Jersey which means generally you’re advantageous with only a sweatshirt for the day, and generally there’s two ft of snow for my birthday. This yr I don’t wish to be chilly. I’m bored with it. I haven’t been straightforward on my physique the previous 40 years, and the chilly jogs my memory of each single damage. No, This yr we aren’t freezing for my birthday, We’re going to be sitting on a seashore in Miami.
We booked a spot for a month from Valentines day to St Pats in Florida Metropolis in order that we had loads of time to discover the Keys, and Miami, and the Everglades, and simply not be chilly this winter. That is going to be excellent, now we have over a month to make it from Jersey to Florida, greater than sufficient time to see household and pals alongside the best way with out ever feeling rushed.
We hitched up the fifth wheel and headed for the border. We have been lastly leaving New Jersey. Nothing can cease us now, the truck is filled with gas and I’m not stopping till it must get topped off once more, we must be nicely out of the “North East Area” earlier than even needing to consider stopping.
Effectively if you already know my Spouse, you already know there isn’t a restroom alongside the interstate freeway system that she hasn’t been in. A few half an hour into our 2 yr journey I hear the notorious, “Can we cease for espresso?”, which is Spouse Converse for “I must pee, however I do know it’s too quickly to ask to cease for that”.
As lovingly as I might, I replied “Honey, I’ve 500 horses pulling 10,000 kilos they usually ain’t stoppin for something”.
5 minutes later I used to be getting us espresso whereas she was checking off one other cease on her rest room world tour map. No huge deal, we aren’t vacation spot time primarily based anymore, we’re simply on a street journey with no plans. No must be in a rush anymore, now we have the time to cease. We don’t must do a 20 hour haul from Roswell New Mexico to Las Vegas Nevada as a result of we’re not on time and our son solely has 2 weeks off of college anymore.
This primary potty break was an indication of how the following month was going to go and I by no means even realized it till I used to be trying again on the journey to this point. There have been going to be lots of issues that we Knew that we have been going to must Relearn. Far more than simply “Doug isn’t stopping till we get there”, transitioning into “Certain, we will cease”.
Our first 300 miles from NJ to Shenandoah River State Park ought to have taken round 5 hours. It was nearer to 7. We should always have had loads of daylight left to get parked and arrange. Once we backed into our website, I used to be glad that I had put in further reverse lights on the camper as a result of it was pitch black within the valley already.
The following morning, we took our canine Lagertha (lag-a-tha) for a stroll to take a look at our new again yard, and the journey switched from annoying sluggish to completely value it.
The solar rose brighter, the air smelled cleaner, even the animals have been happier right here. Or, possibly it was me. Both manner, waking up within the mountains of Virginia was nonetheless higher than any morning caught at house.
Usually we might have completed strolling the canine after which connected and headed out on our technique to the following cease, however this time, this journey, we’re slowing issues down. We’re going to keep one other evening and simply take pleasure in not having a schedule to maintain and the truth that there isn’t any snow on the bottom.
The morning is brisk, however by the afternoon the temperature will get heat sufficient to exit and do some path mountain climbing and simply chill out earlier than we hit the street, not fairly 70, however nearer, and manner higher than the 30 levels again house. The next morning the temps are within the 20s, nowhere close to 70. Time to go.
Subsequent cease, Croft State Park , not tremendous removed from Greenville SC so I can see my brother and his household, who we don’t get to see fairly often in any respect. We’ve lived within the RV for nearly 6 months now, and now we’re in no rush in any respect, this leg of the journey must be tremendous straightforward.
Effectively, we lived within the RV stationary for six months at an RV park again in NJ, guess what we weren’t within the behavior of doing? Locking the fridge…
Know after we realized it? About 10 miles down the street after we left Shenandoah.
Know after we discovered a spot to drag over alongside the aspect of the twisty, turning, steep mountain roads? About one other 15 miles down the street…
So… That was cool. However, all is nicely now, again on the street.
We spent the following couple days, catching up with Mike and Jen and the children, and making up for misplaced time with the laughs we haven’t gotten to share collectively the final couple years and had an amazing stress-free go to. However, alas, its time to go once more.
Subsequent cease Charleston to go to Loretta’s greatest pal Jenny. We’re solely staying right here two or three days too then its on to Georgia. 10 days later we might really be on the street.
We had a good time visiting with Jen and Brandon and the children, they usually even allow us to Moochdock of their driveway, so we’re saving a ton of cash on campsites. Loretta had been to Charleston to go to Jen prior to now, however I had by no means been there and didn’t thoughts the additional time testing a brand new metropolis, and with Jen and Brandon dwelling there, it was like having our private tour guides so we received to see stuff some individuals would possibly miss out on.
Someplace alongside the road these 10 days, our son and his greatest pal satisfied us to start out a youtube channel. This seems like an amazing thought! Simply shoot some video, submit it on-line, subsequent factor ya know we will likely be wealthy and well-known and dwelling in Ibiza. It isn’t that straightforward in any respect actually.
Don’t get me fallacious, we’re LOVING doing the movies each week, and studying new issues with the video editor, however we’re presupposed to be retired now. How did our Son trick us again right into a full time job that we don’t even receives a commission for? Irrespective of, he wins this spherical, and if you wish to see among the cool stuff we discovered within the Charleston space, try the video under.
We mentioned our goodbyes and received again on the street. We’re 2 weeks in now, and beginning actually really feel the relief that comes with not having wherever to be and on a regular basis on the earth to get there. Our subsequent cease is in Georgia to go to our pals Kim and Austin.
We arrange store in Excessive Falls State Park for five days. The park was lovely, there have been plenty of nice trails to go mountain climbing on, the climate is beginning to be persistently hotter every single day. Issues are trying up. We have been solely about an hour from Senoia, which is the place they movie The Strolling Lifeless, and have performed lots of different television exhibits and films, so lets go test it out.
Should you haven’t been there, undoubtedly add it to you record of stops, even in case you aren’t a fan of The Strolling Lifeless. The city is an ideal mix of small city and vacationer city. There’s a cool primary road with outlets and even a restaurant owned by Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus from the present.
We spent the remainder of the time in Georgia hanging out with Kim and Austin, catching up on previous instances and making some new recollections. The women went out and received their nails performed whereas Austin and I went and had a couple of drinks and checked out a brand new restaurant. Even with going out to eat a couple of further instances the final couple weeks, we’re nonetheless on price range because of Jen letting us Moochdock, and utilizing the state parks as a substitute of RV Resorts.
That gave us an thought for our second youtube video, on the right way to street journey on a price range.
We wrapped up manufacturing on our second video, and began right down to Chewacla State Park for a couple of days. There’s an amazing waterfall hike, and we’ll get to see our Nieces, and Sister in legislation. The park was superior, the verify in employees was nice, and we’re even training what we preach in our newest youtube video. Hell, we’re even right here forward of schedule for a change, so we’re going to have the ability to shock the women and decide them up from college!
As quickly as we parked, the complications began.
It took us virtually an hour simply to get the RV unhooked from the truck. The entrance jacks on the Fifth Wheel have been taking turns not working. As a substitute of lifting the entrance of the RV, they’d rotate it over to 1 aspect or the opposite.
I can really feel it beginning to come again now. That stress degree and angle of a building boss who’s crew is not on time and each time he appears round they’re all “on break” once more. A number of hammer blows to the touchdown gear and some selection phrases of encouragement, each legs lastly come down and we will unhook the truck. Simply must degree it, runs the slides out and plug in. We will nonetheless make it to the varsity on time…
We change again to our regular routine. I hit the Auto Degree button. Loretta grabs the water hose, I seize the ability wire. Then we hear the beeping error from the jacks once more. Mom Fu…
Shut sufficient to degree. Run the rattling slides out and lets go.
Slides went out simply advantageous, we go to replenish the canine water bowl and the pipes are banging like a cop serving a search warrant. The facility is flickering like we’re in the midst of a Halloween haunted home. And my endurance degree is nearing an all time low for the day.
Loretta takes the canine for a stroll and calls Kayla to let her know we lastly received the camper and truck separated, I’ve a dialogue with our camper about how drained I’m of its bullshit at present.
Loretta comes again and says “Kayla mentioned this was Jasons favourite place to return tenting”. Now all of it is smart. Jason and I used to bust every others chops on a regular basis when he was nonetheless with us, and now we’re at his favourite park. I don’t put a lot inventory on this kinda factor, however after listening to that, I regarded to the sky and mentioned “Okay, you bought me bro, good one.” Every little thing fastened itself at that second and we haven’t had a problem with the RV since.
We did make it to the varsity on time to select up the women and spent the following 3 days realizing how completely satisfied we have been we solely had one boy. My nieces ran me by the ringer, and the youngest in some way satisfied me to do gymnastic stretches together with her, I believe I’m nonetheless strolling crooked.
Once we depart right here we’re within the house stretch on our journey right down to Miami for a couple of weeks to flee the chilly. We’re heading south into the west aspect of Florida, then East over to St Augustine to go to with Aunt Stacy and Uncle Mark and take a look at Outdated Metropolis. Once more, one other metropolis I’ve by no means been too and now we have private tour guides.
That is one other metropolis I might extremely suggest going to in case you’ve by no means been earlier than. It’s like Pirates Of The Caribbean meets Nashville. There’s cool stuff to do for each age group within the household, and the climate is gorgeous even in January.
Throughout our tour of town, I hopped over a small guard rail to take an image and popped one thing in my knee. Now I’m doing the peg leg pirate stroll across the metropolis, the remainder of this journey must be enjoyable…
From right here we solely have a pair stops left. We’re heading west in the direction of Tampa and stopping to go to Lorettas dad and mom alongside the best way, then on to see my cousin Katie and her husband Jimmy, and if we will squeeze it in, a go to with our pals Kristen and Craig and seeing some sights across the metropolis. Then its off to Fort Myers to go to Lorettas brother Daniel and sister Rebecca and our niece and nephews.
We managed to make the schedule work to see everybody, and even squeezed in an hour to take a seat on the seashore in February, as a result of in case you can sit on the seashore in February, why wouldn’t you?
Know what occurs we you go from bundled up in winter garments within the north east to half bare within the decrease latitudes and neglect sunblock as a result of its February? Yup…
Irrespective of. Tomorrow we’re on the final leg, and I might quite be a bit of itchy from a sunburn than house shoveling snow.
At this level now we have been on the street a month and a half and each of us are trying ahead to being stationary for a short time so we will simply take a minute to catch our breath and simply chill out.
I’ll be trustworthy. We haven’t relaxed but. I don’t assume we have been even arrange for 10 minutes earlier than our new neighbor David pointed and yelled “You guys received winners, seize a beer and prepare” and we haven’t stopped since.
We’re right here for a month from Valentines to St Pats, we’ve received loads of time to get some stuff performed, can’t damage to go meet the brand new neighbors and throw some cornhole for a bit proper?
We’ve been right here 3 weeks and haven’t gotten any of our “chores” performed but. The individuals listed below are superior, and it virtually looks like house. All of us hang around like “regular” neighbors, and exit and do issues collectively, and meet up within the pool or the on website tiki bar on the finish of the day and commerce tales of our adventures for the day.
We nonetheless have to ensure Lagertha will get her Mother & Dad time, and her day by day excursions. We had a complete record of issues we have been going to do after we received down right here, and didn’t do a single considered one of them for two weeks. We have been simply having enjoyable with our new “Florida Household” and time began to get away from us.
We realized it one Saturday morning and advised ourselves we couldn’t go exterior and play with our pals till we received some stuff on the calendar so we might really go verify it off. We took the following 2 hours and received some adventures lined up. Now we will go hang around, and now we have “days off” after we can go do stuff.
We now have made some superior new pals and are actually having a good time taking part in within the Florida solar, but when there’s one factor that Life On The Street is educating me, its that I actually miss my sofa…
Perhaps the following campground we will simply sit across the hearth and catch our breath? Nah…