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April 1, 2012

At Woodland Lakes RV Park, Conroe/Woodlands, Texas

On January 20, 2011, I announced on the art blog that we had bought a motorhome.  I started this blog on January30.  I wrote “For those who haven’t picked up on it yet, it has always been our intention, once we are both retired, to sell our house and live and travel in an RV.”  and “It’s going to be a year of decisions and a year of plans.”

What a year.  We have followed the plan, and the plan has come together.  We divested ourselves of much of our worldly possessions.  We sold the house.  We have lived in the motorhome for the past four months.  And Nell retired this past Friday.

We have put new flooring into the motorhome, made some changes to the interior, and had some needed repairs done.  We’ve just put a complete new set of tires on it.  We’ve sold the Trailblazer and bought a used Jeep Wrangler.  Our “to do” list was long.

Today, we bought a new digital TV, ran some coax cable through upper cabinets, connected and programmed the TV.  We’ve begun to embrace a completely new way of living.  Learned a lot of new things, done a lot of things we’ve never done before.  Early next week, we’re scheduled to have a tow bar installed on the Jeep and a hitch on the motorhome.  We’ll pull the old analog TV from the dash, and consider how to use the empty space.  We’ll remove the little TV from its shelf in the bedroom, and replace it with a small fan.  Reorganize the basement storage compartments   Eliminate a few more things.  There will always be something on the to-do list, but the major items have almost all been crossed off.  We’re ready to roll.

A year ago, I thought the beginning of our adventure would be an obvious, specific point in time.  In one week, we will roll out of here and drive to the Texas Gulf Coast.  I suppose we could call that the beginning of the adventure, but in reality, I think it’s been going on for quite a while.  This whole year has been an adventure.  It’s the travel part that begins next week.

And boy, are we ready.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Gordon permalink
    April 1, 2012 10:32 am

    I will look forward to all your travel posts, Ralph. You are living the dream I have…an RV retirement:)

  2. William R Moore permalink
    April 1, 2012 9:00 pm

    As I have said previously I had a motorhome for 20 years. I did two and three months but never full time.
    The motorhome experience is great for any length of trip, the weekend excursion. a week, a month, several months. On the road you can stop almost anywhere and relax, eat and not need a restaurant unless you want one. I love that everything needed is with you. The longer the trip the better the schedule or non schedule. You can stop and stay or leave when it feels right. A flexible schedule is the ticket. I think that you will find that it is possible to find a park, camp ground or other suitable parking without scheduling. Slow down and enjoy the experience. Congratulations on your “just do it” and the 4 months experience. Thanks for letting us share via your blog.

  3. April 1, 2012 10:48 pm

    I just love it when a plan comes together. You’ve made the transition over several months, and it looks like it’s working out terrific. Hope the first leg of your traveling meets your expectations. Take it easy and enjoy the rest of the adventure.

    • April 6, 2012 10:58 pm

      PG, it’s taken some time, and a lot of work, but I don’t think there was ever a moment of doubt or hesitation. Thanks for the support. Looking forward to the day you join us on the road.

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