“When I’m driving free, the world’s my home, when I’m mobile”
We are currently in Fayetteville, N.C. It is 7am and for the first time I am walking Daisy in a tee shirt and sandals. We left Maine 10 days ago. One week too late as the October snow storm made for some frigid nights in this uninsulated RV. Fortunately, Daisy gives off as much heat as a down comforter!
The first week of our journey was spent in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia with family and friends. This proved to be more or less of a mini vacation as we were spoiled with some delicious home-cooked meals, entertainment and gracious hospitality. We so do appreciate being welcome with open arms. We ventured out on some great fall nature walks and visited the science museum in Richmond. Fittingly enough, the IMAX was showing the Lewis and Clark documentary. We are all looking forward to hiking part of that trail once we are out west.
Bri and I are learning the tips and tricks of being full time RVers…..thanks to mishaps, mistakes and helpful advice from the experts we meet at truck stops, parking lots and campgrounds. We’ve experienced a few incidents along the way……faulty bicycle rack (luckily we noticed it before we hit the highway, no wonder people were giving us strange looks at stop lights), a loose tail light (luckily the wires were strong enough to hold it on, who knows how long it was dangling from the truck) , one flat RV tire, (luckily we were not cruising down the highway, we were only 20 ft. from our destination) almost running out of fuel, (luckily there was a gas station right off our exit, even though I barely made the turn and had traffic temporarily backed up on the off ramp), the RV gas leak detector going off all night, (luckily there was actually no leak, just a finicky battery) and a mouse deciding it wanted to come along for the ride (luckily, from what we can tell it was not a fertile female). I guess you could say luck is on our side.
We are currently at our very first campground of the trip. It’s quite a different camping experience than we are used to. No tents to set up, no water to fetch, no coolers to keep packed with ice, no hoofing it to the bathroom in the middle of the night and no backache in the morning from sleeping on roots and rocks. It is quite luxurious!
Our goal is to limit travel time to roughly 6 hours weekly. By planning to stay in one place 5-6 days at a time, it will reduce the percentage of our budget that is actually going directly into the gas tank.
Driving thus far has been a bit hairy at times, mostly when we are in unfamiliar territory off of the main roads. I’m always nervous that we’ll encounter a low bridge without ample warning…..guess I gotta get over that! Nevertheless, I still ask for a little safety guidance from my higher being each time we head out, whether it’s me behind the wheel or Bri.
As for the work and schooling piece, it’s slowly coming together. We’ll establish more of a routine once we get to Charleston South Carolina where we will be house/pet sitting through Thanksgiving. There will be lots to do there as the city was recently voted the number one place to visit in the U.S.