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And launch date is moved up a tad…

For those following this rather lengthy blog and insanity that we call our world, WELCOME… Lynda and I have been living in our RV for about 6 months trying to get everything lined up for taking off on our road trip for a lifetime.. And with that, had to come up with a way to earn a living while traveling, and to get health insurance as well.

These were our last two items and we suspected it would take until 2015 to pull that off.. Hmmm as Gomer Pyle used to put it..

Surprise

Turns out that her friend Trish Claussen has a connection with a firm that just happened to be interested in Lynda’s services as a business coach. And our friend and financial advisor, Barry Todd (shameless advertising for his firm, BDT and Associates) needed her services as well. So the way things are looking, she may have her 10 clients by June. No later than October. And I am looking into health insurance coverage for us both, out of Florida. And that is going very well..

Now, tie in the process getting our vehicles registered in Florida, and it is looking pretty damn good to be on the road a year earlier than we expected. We still have a few bumps to get over, but all in all, it is looking VERY good for the home team. And with that, when the time comes, I will put forth a proposal to my current employer that I would be thrilled to work for them remotely at a much reduced rate, lower than what contractors normally charge, and less than what a fulltime employee would make.. An offer that I hope will be hard to refuse. If not, I will give my boss, Cathy Young, all the advanced notice I can, as she has been incredible to work for.

So the energy is ramping up, and the Carpenters are preparing to launch… and we are SOOooooooo ready.

Stay tuned, this is gonna be a RIDE!

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Shopping shopping shopping

Boy the more I look at this road trip the more I drool at the neato skeato “stuff” to have.. I just cannot get over how much RV’ing has changed since our trip in 2004… Technology is a wonderful thing.. and expensive.

  • Tire pressure monitors
  • Solar panels
  • AGM batteries!
  • Area rug to keep our carpet somewhat clean…
  • Shotgun for home protection…
  • Step carpets
  • Carpet to roll out when we camp
  • Plastic dishes versus our current ceramic jobs (weight savings)
  • Wireless printer/scanner/fax that has an autosheet feeder
  • Nortel wireless network instead of Verizon’s.. (20 gig vs 10 gig and cheaper per month)
  • Sky Ranger to pull in those weak wifi signals
  • Tire gauge that can read over 100PSI

Then there are the fun things I need to do like:

  • Wash and wax “Koko”
  • Wash and wax both cars
  • Check the air system in the rig to be sure it has enough hose to get around the rig and that it has the appropriate adaptors for the tires
  • Re-level Koko as it has been sitting for a couple of weeks
  • Start the generator and engine to run a bit
  • Learn how to change out fuel filters (including how to make sure I don’t get air in the lines)
  • Rain X the windshield

Then I can start drooling at the camp sites all over the place… and keep day dreaming about where to go first, and the things to do when we get there.. Hike, cook, swim, dive, meet new folks, have family join… Just puts a cheese eating grin on my face for the day…

Counting down to the exit…. hehe

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Koko when we bought her

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Lynda working on photo shop

E&L

And us in the UK last year… that I think started the whole damn road trip idea…. or helped it along

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Road Trip, Part Deaux

Traveling, the art of enjoying life while taking in what the world has to offer.

If you have read “About Us” you have an idea of what motivated us to begin this lifestyle change. And with that, our adventure begins. We are currently in the ramp up mode, saving money, working on ways to earn a living while we are on the road. And the downsizing..

Yes, major downsizing is still ongoing. We found it simply AMAZING how much crap we have accumulated over the years. and in that downsizing, some “landmines”. These are emotional landmines like a card from her dad who is now gone, or a plaque that her mom gave her. Or a picture of my first wife, or the myriad of little things that have nothing but sentimental value. It was a jaunt down memory lane, both good and bad, but interestingly enough, healing.

Now we are changing our mindsets, and after talking to our friends Don and Barbie who are currently traveling the US, we may change again. Our plan is simple. Go up the west coast in the spring time, across the US/Canadian border in the summer time, down the East Coast in the fall with the leaves, then over to either Utah or Colorado for the ski season. Then return to Key Largo for some diving… that in 2015. After that? Who knows. But the adventure is in a countdown.

Two years to setup financially, and gear wise. Our plan is to hike as many local trails as we can, and with that, we will begin training in 2013 with hikes with packs. At first, light pack hikes, adding as we go, learning what gear works well, what doesn’t.  Learn how to trouble shoot RV issues, and in that post those on line with video clips to show the problem, then the solution… (makes me think a little more logically knowing that there might be an audience).

This is a learning curve that never ends, but one we truly look forward to experiencing… so, stay tuned, this is a Roadtrip FOR a lifetime.

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