When you undertake such a drastic change your not quite sure what all you will face. Add selling a business and everything you own which leaves little time for planning and you get even more surprises. 99% of everyone we told our story to on the road has been like that’s awesome. The one guy who didn’t make a positive comment either way was an older guy I met at the Potomac while we were both unloading kayaks. He told me a story of how the Transformer he was paddling was Eric Jackson’s last design before he left the DC area to travel the world like myself and then went on to build Jackson Kayaks. I think that was a compliment of sorts but still not sure. Grumpy old men right, lol.

You think you would have tons of time on your hands since you’re not working right? That hasn’t been what we have found. If you didn’t have a blog to keep up with it would free up some time for sure. Think about this. When you took your last vacation how long did you plan it for? How long was the actual vacation? How many websites did you visit or phone calls did you make for information and planning? Now add a pretty low daily budget to all that and you can get a picture of the repetitive daily circle you will face. Sure you get to hike, bike and paddle on your trip but every day you need to figure out where you are staying. If you go someplace for a week that makes it easier but we only stayed one place for more than one night in a row so far and that was a friends house. Camping in the Northeast is not cheap we also noticed. There are places as high as $65/night for a tent site near DC. Apparently the Maryland State parks also have a fee if you’re not a resident. WTF!

Our journey started out with rain almost everyday while driving along the BRP to Shenandoah. The camping was cheaper but the amenities were almost none existent and you had to stay at their campgrounds. So now add juggling rain into your daily plan of “where to go and what to do”. All in all I think we came out on top. Everything works in the rig the way it’s suppose to. We hadn’t tested the hot water tank or the new charging system for the batteries until we hit the road so we had some worries there as well. We also just plugged into a campground with 30 amp power for the first time a few days ago so that was a first as well. So far so good!

It’s been hard to find free places to stay on the East Coast. Everything is built up with not a lot of National forests, etc. We did stay for Free in the Cohuttas Wilderness just north of Atlanta and actually found a really cool free campground (5 sites) right on the Potomac River by Great Falls but other than that nothing. I feel that it will be much easier to find places out west once we head that way, we’ll see. It should be easy with the internet to find places you say? First thing is you need to have access to the internet. Something that so far in National Parks has been barely available and if so it’s while your driving past an overlook not at camp where you can actually use it. Then when you do get service, can you believe everything you read on the internet? There’s a free camping page online but there not always actual camp spots or legal spots as the reviews claim. Some are overflow parking for Casino’s, some are tent only or maybe there’s a spot but it’s 45 minutes out of the way. How much fuel are you going to use to hope there’s a spot even there. All things to think about.

Tortillas have become our only source of bread as we don’t have enough room in the fridge for breads, buns etc and the heat in the rig when we aren’t inside spoils stuff like that, mold after 2 days. We are eating pretty good though, veggies and chicken or fish for dinner. Sandwiches for lunch and eggs or oatmeal with nuts and berries for breakfast. We told ourselves no beer until Kelly’s brothers wedding on June 27th. That lasted about a week or so and we were like “Screw this rain I need a beer” lol.

Update:

We’ve been on the West Coast for a few months and life out here is…..different.  Colorado was freaking awesome! Utah was hot but has a ton of great things so we’re heading back next month in October when it cools off some. California is….California.  Stupid expensive, all the National Parks filled with Tour-on’s and crazy hot unless your at 5,000′ or right on the coast.  We found some really cool stuff to do in California but were so glad when we crossed into Oregon. Oregon is crazy awesome.  We toured up the coast, it’s beautiful and wicked cool.  Now we’re in the middle of an Epic Mountain bike tour across the state and will end in Bend next week to bike and hit up their brand new Whitewater park.

The weather here is SOOOOO much better than most of the Southeast.  Back home in September it would be 80+ degrees when the sun went down, it’s in the 60’s here.  Almost no humidity and lots of open land.  National Forests and BLM areas are everywhere.

We’re headed back to Atlanta area for a few weeks in November and then to Florida for the Holidays and then hopefully to Chile and Patagonia for the winter!

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