We are inching closer to our departure month, when our travel will finally begin. Four months and counting.
Our plan, as it stands now, is to put the house up for sale in January, 2023, and have the closing on the house on March 1st. We will then hop in the car and begin pulling the travel trailer southward, with an eventual destination of the U.S. – Mexico border.
We won’t know when Bev can begin the Pacific Crest Trail until dates are handed out in November, but it will be sometime near March 15th. That means we will have two weeks to meander and take our time heading into Oregon and then California, which is perfect because I want to drive as many of the backroads as possible on that trip, take our time, and thoroughly enjoy the journey.
We will arrive at the Trailhead, in Campo, California, a day before Bev is scheduled to begin her hike, relax, have a meal with other hikers, and check over equipment for the hundredth time . . . and then, the next morning, Bev will begin the adventure of a lifetime, and the dogs and I will follow along, resupplying her at trail towns along the way.
And that is the plan!
A PICTURE OF SHERMAN
The photo is of Sherman, our 2006 Ford Expedition we just purchased. We needed something strong enough to pull the travel trailer, and without a doubt, Sherman is strong enough.
Why Sherman? Think Sherman Tanks! That’s what it reminds me of, a tank, a strong, monstrous tank, capable of rolling over, and through, anything. I’ve never owned a vehicle this large and, truthfully, I’m a bit uncomfortable driving Sherman. It seems sacrilegious, in some silly way, to drive something this large, in a time when many drivers are switching to small imports and electric vehicles.
But we can’t push the trailer, and Sherman can handle it quite easily, so there you go. Once we made the decision to purchase a travel trailer, and travel around the country, Sherman became a necessity.
Do you know that I have never owned a vehicle that had power windows? Sherman has power windows, and a sunroof, and four-wheel drive, and more bells and whistles than I will ever be able to learn how to operate.
He’s a beast, which is the other name we considered for a while . . . The Beast!
SO, HERE WE ARE
That’s the update on our plans. We are busy getting rid of stuff. We are purging, and that feels good.
This is really happening!
Stay tuned, and thanks for joining us on our epic journey.
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