Our Mottos

‎"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
— Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula LeGuin

Thursday, October 18, 2012


We are 7 weeks away from pulling out. Everything seems to be moving at break neck speed. But yet, not. So much to do but yet lots of waiting before we empty out the apartment.

On Monday, the mechanic is coming to finish the few jobs left to do. He is replacing the radiator overflow tank and replacing the rear bushings on the sway bar. That will end all the mechanical stuff that needs to be done. Once that is complete, we will have our electrical buddy look at the rear camera system, car radio and  television set up. We will see what the costs are for all and decide what jobs we will have him do.

As far as getting rid of stuff, we are in great shape. All the big furniture pieces are spoken for. It will be just a matter of selling or donating the smaller stuff. In fact, today we are going to go through the kitchen and start paring down.

Tomorrow we are going to Ikea. We have a small list so I am sure we will come home with lots.

We are planning on taking the RV out next week to do another shake down trip. We will start moving stuff into it each time we go to it. We have been holding off on that because we didn't want it to disappear. There were some break ins at the storage facility a few weeks ago. They did not get in ours but they tried. They broke off the handle by the door and tried to use it as a pry bar. We don't want to make it profitable if they try again.

Brenda and I are creating a new blog that we will use to chronicle our journeys. As soon as we get it up and running, we will let everybody know.

This is a bittersweet time. We love Tucson and have made some truly great friends. However, we are looking forward to being on the road as well. We know that we will be back here often, yet its not the same. Every time I bring up the subject, my friends are like NO NO NO we don't want you to go.

Time to work on our check off list of things to do before we take off.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Moving Forward

We are making progress towards the final goal. So far,everything we have put on Craigslist has sold. Albeit there have only been a few small items that we have posted. We have done so well preparing for this eventuality that we are down to just the basics. It would be a little premature to get rid of everything now. We still have two months to go.

We did sell one big item today. We are now down to one car. We sold Brenda's car today. It was starting to have a few issues that would start costing more then we were willing to spend on it.

Last week, the battery was dead yet again. We knew it was going to be the alternator and we didn't want to mess with it. Since the battery was new, we jumped the car and took it to the auto parts store we bought it from. Since it was still under warranty, we got a new battery. We figured we had a very short window of opportunity to sell it as a running car. We went to the car wash and cleaned it all up then came home and took some pictures and posted it on Craigslist. Within 5 minutes we got a hit. They came by about thirty minutes later and bought the car.

We also got more of the mechanical issues dealt with. We just have a few more projects and she will be road ready. We hope to get all that done in the next few weeks so we can get another chance to take it out and get to know her better.

So far, we have put very little money into the RV. We are truly seeing what a good deal we got. So much so, that some of the projects that we were going to wait and do in Florida will probably get done before we leave.

We are feeling good about everything. I am learning that no matter how much worrying, fretting and trying to plan, life is going to happen on its own time frame. In the end, everything works out for the best.

Two months and we are on the road......