January 15th, 2014
Happy New Year. Well I seem to be behind posting. I started this post right before Christmas. My goal once I get on the road is to definitely post more frequently and consistently. I could say not much is happening while I am waiting to hit the road, but the truth is quite the opposite. I actually am busier now than when I was working full time, no kidding. I have been informed that my fifth wheel was completed a few weeks ago and I still haven’t finalized my truck purchase. Next Saturday I will be flying to Oregon to finalize my choice and pick up my ride. I will be posting from the road on my progress and the trip back to finish the remaining details for my adventure.
Now for a little catch up on a few things that have happened the past few weeks…
If you recall when I left off, I was in Montana establishing my new home and had just went out in search of a Christmas Tree in the National Forest not far from home. Our weather continued to be sub-zero every night, but getting into the teens during the day. Since my trip was planned to get things done, I didn’t pack as warmly I should have and found myself doing a lot of layering with what I had in Montana and the items I had brought with me.
The following day I went to the Montana DMV to acquire my Drivers License. Of course I was expecting an office much smaller than Southern California, but what I found in Stevensville was a pleasant older lady sitting behind her desk waiting for me. Not a sole in the office besides her, at least in the front. Wow, I thought I had gone to heaven. Twenty minutes (or less) and I was out the door – wahoo.
The next day we went to the Darby City Christmas fair at the community center of the same name. Now mind you this town only boasts a population of eight hundred, however at least a quarter of them were in attendance at the same time I attended. Of course everyone knew each other and it was a hoot. Also it was like the freeway in Orange County going South at the end of a work day, packed. Surprisingly enough I even knew a dozen or so myself and up until now I only visited this community a few times over the past ten years. I found a few handmade Christmas gifts to bring home and most of all I enjoyed the wonderful camaraderie of long lost friends.
Over the next few days we continued to experience very cold weather staying inside most of the time and venturing out on a rare occasion to run an errand, shop or dine out.
Eventually the day I dreaded, travel day, and back to Southern California to finish sorting, selling, giving away, donating and packing what remains at my home for my fifth wheel. Oh and buying, I still didn’t have a truck big enough to haul that fifth wheel up and over all the mountains I will be venturing. All for the trip of a lifetime.
Categories: Preparation, Retirement
Welcome to the blog world, Gary. The adventure begins!!
Thanks Rob, You along with others were an inspiration to me. Thanks to you and hoping we meet on the road one day.
I have absolutely no doubt will, Gary. Another thing to look forward to!
Great to you writing again. I look forward to your posting from the road.
Well yah after your motivating conversation at lunch yesterday and the nice walk on the pier in Huntington Beach. As I told you then I will miss the beach. A lot of memories there growing up, especially during my High School and College days. I am looking forward to the adventure on the road, but will miss the familiar and my family and friends here in Southern California.
nice blog, Gary! Ken and I are going to live vicariously through your travels. Jealous, very jealous! We look forward to reading all about your adventure. Blessings.
Thanks, maybe we can get together for lunch again before I venture out on the road.