5 days in and…..

7/3/2018

Here we are 5 days in and so much (at least feels that way) has changed. We started out to Fife Lake (Camp Stonewood Ranch) and found we were only getting 3-4 mpg out of the Motor-Home. Odd was that we got 14mpg back when we bought it 9 months ago while flat towing our Jeep. Turns out that the flat deck trailer we has planned to tow along for extra storage had been miss weighed. Our best guess is that it weighed closer to 3500 LBS than the 1500 LBS we were told. On top of that we never did get our trailer brakes working correctly and I think they may have even been “stuck” all the time.

So that lead to us going back to our plan to flat tow the Jeep. And again a last min rush to down size even more.

Than problem 2 pops up. Seems our replacement water heater has a defective circuit board. And they place I bought it through on Amazon won’t respond to any of my e-mails. So we might have to break down and buy another circuit board for our brand new water heater. Wasn’t bad enough it took 2 weeks to come in But than it only worked for 4 days.

Now to problem 3 and the biggy. We were almost to Petoskey MI when we had a tie-rod break. Or at least loose it’s castle nut. We were doing about 55 mph when we came over a hill. And BOOM! no steering at all. It took all I could (with the good Lords guiding hand) to safely get it off the road. I thought we were done. I really thought that it was all over. I just aimed for a open field and fought to get it there. She came to rest on the side of the road, as if you just pulled over.

I feel very blessed this evening to be safe and alive with my family.

So here we are now sitting in a big truck repair lot. Plugged in but can’t get repaired till Thursday due to the 4th of July. We are now 2 days behind on a 3 day trip to Colorado to our Workamp job.

I know that we need the complete front end looked at and repaired now. Thank you Progressive Insurance for the tow. I do think they need to find big tow trucks faster. We sat on the road side (great little area) for well over 5 hours.

So we will sit here. Slow down and reflect. With some luck tomorrow our few Vlog videos will be up too.

So how do you all that full time recover from close calls?

Let us know.

 

Till later, God bless and Keep A.G.E.ing

Launch Day is Here!!!!!

6/29/2018

Well it’s the end of our last day at Lakeshore Fittings. I personally have mixed feelings. I’m joyest for the new adventures and the next steps in life. And I’m sad due to leaving behind a place that has let me grow my skills. I know that I speak for both my wife and myself in saying “Thank you Lakeshore, for all you have done for us”. We will miss it there.

But like all things in life you sometimes need change. And the changes ahead are simply unexplainable for me. 15 plus years of dreaming and imagining are being placed into play. We have done it. We are full time RVers. We have left the slavery of our “sticks and bricks” home behind. And moved on to the freedom of the open road. First the very first time in our adult lives we are taking a direction that we want. One that several think is crazy, foolish and borderline insane.

But I ask “who really is the crazy one? The one that follows their dreams and goals or the one that simply is to scared to try?” See we all tell our kids they can do anything they want when they grow up. But what we’re really saying is “You can get a JOB doing whatever you want to pay bills. And if your really good someday when you’re old and worn out you MIGHT get a few years bill free.” For what and why is this ever seen as correct? We’re done with that model and are breaking the mold of the status quo if you will.

Jesus told us “Go forth and spread the good news”, not Work hard and pay your bills. I for one want a life that is very much a vacation not one that requires a vacation. Memories are what I’ll be filling my life with, not stuff.

Are we crazy? Maybe a bit. But then again who really isn’t a little crazy at heart. So for all of you that have not yet built up the confidence to throw caution to the wind and jump. You all can live and learn through us here on this Blog and on YouTube at our Vlog. We will miss all we’re leaving behind.

Until next time, God Bless and Keep A.G.E.ing!!!

Shoes

6/27/18

Countdown

In 31 hours from now we will be throwing away these shoes we have been wearing for about a year, for my husband even longer.

The shoes that we wear at a steppingstone job that is taking us to a dream we have been waiting for a Long time coming. That dream will become a reality in 31 hours.

I know what some of you are thinking , ” there just shoes, what’s the big deal!?”

Let me ask you readers, have you ever made a decision that you were so determined to make there was no failure option. You know the – how do I make this happen, no matter what it cost, no matter how much I have to change, or where I have to go … it IS going to happen. If you ever felt that kind of determination than you know what I am talking about.

The shoes we wear are not just any shoes, these mean something. We took a billion steps to make this dream a reality. Now we are getting rid of past shoes and putting on new shoes. With a new dream in our hearts with the same determination to take billion steps in the direction we want to go.

So when these shoes go away we know what it will take to make dreams happen, because we walked in those shoes.

We landed our first Workamp Job!!!

6/19/2018

Well fokes, we did it before launch day. We landed our first Workamper job. We’ll be doing Host and Maintenance duty’s at Chapman Campground in north-central Colorado till mid September. We got pay and a full hook-up site on a awesome trout stream. Pics to come as soon as we get there July 7th. We are so blessed and thankful. In case you didn’t know what a “Workamper” is you can follow the link. No we are not paid by them it’s simply for your information. Same with the campground.

As I sit here typing we are getting ready for our last weekend here. We’ll have our first Vlogg post coming this weekend as well. Just a simple introduction to us and what lays ahead. We will be headed north out of Muskegon, Michigan on June 29th at around 6:15am. Yes I have it dialed in that well on leave date. This has been a long time coming. A post in the next few days will be coming with more info on the whys, and the whens this all became a dream into a plan.

This weekend will be a bit of a few things. Finish up organizing, setting up brake controller (we have a trailer for our Jeep more on that later), clean up the area we’ve been parked, set-up mail forwarding, and we’re looking to more the Blogg to a stand alone host for more control and easier adding of better “widgets” and our E-store. We also plan to add for a “Donation” button because well there is cost involved in keep you all in our loop of life.

I really had not planned a blogg post today, but after locking in our Workamp we were super thrilled and just had to share. Also starting after June 30th, you all will start getting pictures with each post too. Until next time.

Stay blessed and keep on A.G.E.ing.

Getting closer

6/8/2018

Good morning all. Seems my head is so full that I’m not completely sure what topic I want to start with. As I type this it is hard to get my mind around that fact we are only 21 days from full blow launch day. 21 days till a dream that started back when I was a little boy started to grow. How many of you can say you have lived your dreams? I know until we started down the road of Full Time RVing I had not.

Over the next few weeks we are working to establish a few new income lines, re-brand our Vinyl sticker company and just simply breath. We also are planning that this post right here will be our first of the weekly updates. Michelle is goaling at also getting videos up as well. So that will be coming as well.

See we are new to all of this. But if one thing rings true, ALOT of people both want to see how we do what we do. And see how they might some day do it as well. I’ve said it before, we’re not rich, we don’t have tons of money. We simple have each other and a plan. And having God’s blessing helps too.

I do think that along with the normal weekly updates, I’ll have some how-to, and such. There will be more coming this weekend as we’re getting alot of our online stuff all together. So for now.

Stay Bless and keep on A.G.Eing.

Launch date has moved And more updates

4/9/2018

Well as we sit here going over funds, plans and direction. We have moved our leave date out 2 weeks. Our new launch date is June 29th. Why you might ask? Well simple it adds a bit of funds into the bank account. And it also gives us a bit more time to get all setup to leave. See this week (Friday the 13th) my loving wife goes in for surgery having her Gallbladder out. Even though it’s not a bad surgery it’s still surgery non-the-less for a person that both heals slow and has a very low tolerance for pain.

We also will be hosting a Jeepin’ event in Grayling Michigan July 1st and 2nd and the first Jeepin for Jesus – Colorado event August 23rd to 25th based out of Ouray, Colorado. We’ll have more details on both of these with links to info if you all want to join too.

Things are really starting to shape up though. We moved into the motorhome a week ago. In the driveway of the house we are selling to friends. Kids are a bit off on how they should feel living in the driveway of their old home. But we feel it will level out the sooner we get to doing short trips out. We will be heading to Port Huron in May to see our mother. (My mother-in-Law). And we might do a small trip or 2 out with the kids on weekends. Mainly to really get use to how it feels to be full time on the road.

Here is a brief look at our general plan:

  • Launch June 29th (Friday)
  • Julia’s 29th to 30th
  • Grayling June 30th to July 5th
  • Pictured Rock July 5th to July 7th
  • Green Bay July 7th to 12th
  • Green Bay to Sioux Falls, SD July 12th to July 14th
  • Sioux Falls July 14th to 16th
  • Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park July 16th to July 20th
  • Badlands National Park July 20th to July 23rd
  • Rapid City(Black Hills/Devils Tower) July 23rd to 29th
  • Rapid City to Sterling CO July 29th to 31st
  • Sterling CO July 31st to Aug 1st
  • Sterling to Dinosaur Aug 1st to Aug 7th
  • Dinosaur CO Aug 7th to 10th
  • Dinosaur to Ouray CO Aug 10th to Aug 20th
  • Ouray CO Aug 20th to Aug 27th
  • Aug 27th head south for the winter and 3 months off the road to work

 

Till later, be blessed and take care.

T -94 Days and counting down

3/14/2018

Well we’ve been super busy. Dropped the motor-home off at the repair shop on 3/5/2018. This was to get it serviced and checked out. While it’s there we have been fast on down sizing. I don’t know about you but WOW has this been a task. All these years of collecting junk. Just simply for what reason? We found that better than 95% of our stuff we don’t use or haven’t used in many years.

As we sit here, we are ready. Ready to get to getting and just plan move on. But we also find we have to slow down and breath. We’re getting ready to move the family into the motor-home on April 1st. We have our house sold with a agreement that we can stay in the driveway in the motor-home till June when we leave.

This Saturday (March 17th) will be the next big step. This step is where the garage gets completely gone through. It all must go. I’m a bit taken back by that. See I’ve spent the better part of my adult life collecting most the things in there. Or should I say hording? I discovered that there is things in my garage I have NEVER used. Wow, how is it that I have come to such a place. That I collect things simply because I do. Or I should say I did.

See we started down sizing about 9 months ago. And little by little we found how little of our things we really were using. In 9 months not our kids, my wife or myself have any of us asked where something we got rid of was. We simply found that we never needed or used it. And really can’t find any reason we would.

The point of this all is, take a good look at your life, you can live with way less.