Finally!! Getting “all our ducks in a row” really took some doing. Packing up all the things we thought we would need, then sorting through those things and eliminating some excess, and then sorting through those things and eliminating more excess, and packing up the truck and getting rid of the items that just weren’t critical…, and wouldn’t fit…, an exhausting process! Leaving behind a house that has been “home” for almost 35 years turned out to be a bit emotional. Saying goodbye to family and very special friends cannot be described in words. Saying so long to wonderfully supportive neighbors, hoping along with them, that the new homeowners will be a good fit to our little corner of the block. The tears flowed as we drove away for the last time, remembering all the wonderfulness of our home, but taking those very fond memories with us, both in our hearts and in tons of pictures we have.
Heading out of New York on the Cross Bronx Expressway was more than its usual horror. It took us more than two hours to get to New Jersey! The three-hour drive to the first leg of our trip became an almost six-hour ordeal, thanks to “rush hour” delays. By the time we reached our destination, it was dark, making it a little challenging to properly park our “new home”. But, we did it and, although exhausted, we were able to smile at the end of our first official day on the road. Waking up the next morning to see just how beautiful this location is made the trip well-worthwhile. The view is simply gorgeous!
We will spend the next two or so weeks making our way to our final southern destination. We’ve already begun to make friends with very nice and helpful people–some who also full-time, others who are leisurely traveling. We’ve received good advice and great RVing tips that will be very helpful for us moving forward.
Our excitement level is rising each day as we consider our new life…, living our dream…, on the road.