My head is swirling with all the changes happening, and all the changes about to happen.
It’s probably time for an update.
What we know so far . . .
So far, our loyal followers have been told that Bev plans on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in March, with the dogs and I following her, resupplying her off-trail, a journey which will take about five months.
You all know that after the hike is completed, the plan is for both of us to bike, or in some other way, travel across the United States, shaking hands, seeing small-town America.
But so much will happen before all of that.
Looking for a van
Right now, it is time to purchase a Ford Transit Connect van. That is the vehicle which will take me, and the dogs, along the Pacific Crest Trail journey. It is perfect for one person to sleep in, plus two dogs, or course, a mini-camping van if you will. I want to purchase it in the next few weeks, and then I plan on spending a couple months outfitting it, getting it ready to live in on the road. I will need to build a sleeping platform, a cabinet, load it up with necessities, because living on the road, inexpensively, requires some imagination and creativity.
Yes, we already have a trailer, but we decided to rent that out instead of use it ourselves.
While that is happening
While that is happening, Bev has some training hikes to undertake. She is going on one this coming weekend, a four-day backpacking trip in the mountains southeast of Leavenworth, Washington. And then in mid-September she will go on a seven-day backpacking trip in the North Cascades National Park.
And, we have to get this house rented, and that means empty it of our possessions, moving those possessions into the garage and trailer, where we will live until March.
And, in December
I plan on taking one of the dogs with me, and going on a month-long shakedown camping trip to break in the van and work some of the kinks out. Why December? Bev retires on December 20th, so she can take care of one of the dogs, and take care of the house, while I’m gone.
Where will Maggie and I go on this trip? I have no idea, but since it will be late December/January, I suspect we will be heading south, California or Arizona would be my guess.
So, that’s where we are as of right now.
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