Planning! And getting ready(kinda)

2/25/2018

We’ll we’re sitting here before dinner having a family meeting. My lovely wife has taken the lead on down sizing. See our house is sold and the new owners move in April 1st, 2018. We will be living in the motor-home in the driveway. The new owners are friends of ours. So between now and April 1st. Voyager (our motor-home) does into shop for general updates and maintenance. It will be one 2 weeks, by the time we get her back we will have 2 weeks. That will cover doing some touch up paint, recover 1 wall and build a hutch. Along with moving our family of 4 and 2 pets in. Good thing we’re in the driveway and have use of half a 2 car garage.

As for the downsizing and moving in. Shelly is using 5S to make it simpler. If you have never heard of 5S it’s a manufacturing organization method. She is very much a procedure type person. She follows steps in all things very well. This is new for me, cause I’m not so much for following as I am naturally a leader. Part of our adventure is me learning that I don’t always have to be the leader. So far I’m in freak out mode cause I don’t follow very well at all.

So as of right now we have the following time line. Move in April 1st, family trip May 16th, last day of work June 15th and hit the road June 16th, 2018. So on June 16th, our adventure really begins. The goal we have set forth will take form. To say I’m not a little fearful would not be true. I have my fears, more about the unknown and the knowing our future income is in the hands of how creative we can and will be. But at the very same time, I’m feeling like a kid in a candy store with $100 bill.

One of the other requirements of this Adventure is no freeways. Our self imposed goal is all 2 lane roads. This is in part to help us slow down and enjoy the long forgotten America. Visit small towns, go to small town churches and just simply slow life down to a more mellow pace.

Our trip starts out where we currently live in Muskegon, Michigan. We leave on June 16th but have till July 3rd to get to Sioux Falls.

Leg One

This followed by Leg Two. This will be the leg that gets us to Rapid City, South Dakota. We are headed here to setup out domicile and where we are having our mail forwarding to. We plan to use Americas Mailbox they seem to offer all things were looking for.

Leg Two

You may look at the distances we’re going and thing “man that’s a lot of time to cover that much distance”. And you’d be right, until you take into account the no freeways and our goal of never driving more than 5 hours per day. 5 hours and/or a max of 350 miles covered per day. This will let us travel only during daylight hours, and keep things at a simple and slower pace.

Now as for when we start into Leg Three things get more “fuzzy” with the whens and wheres. We have a “Idea” of where we plan to go but no real goal in how we’ll get there. See Colorado will include a lot of my bucket list trips. (AKA Jeep trails and Ghost Towns). I’ve dreamed ever since 1998 when I took a road trip that lead through Colorado of getting back here.

Rough Leg Three

 

None of these routes are in stone and anything of interest could send us off a different direction. Getting to Rapid City is required but we have 3 months to do so. See we’ll be traveling 3 months, building bank for 3 months repeat. the more funds we are able to make on the road the longer we stay in motion. We do plan to do Fall/Winter 2018 in the southwest.

Life is to short to simply exist in it. We all need to find out how to Live life to it’s fullest. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. Or even if it will ever come. So live the present.

God Bless and take care..

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