TERESA: TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY: JOHN STEINBECK " As the day approached, my warm bed and confortable house grew increasingly desirable and my dear wife incalculably precious. To give these up for three months for the terrors of the unconfortable and the unknown seemed crazy. I did not want to go. Something had to happen to forbid my going, but it didn't". Of course Mr Steinbeck goes on his journey and writes this classic book. If it was easy everybody would do it. The hardest part of any trip is from the coach to the front door. enjoy your travels. Geo.F.
What a great thing to read as I'm preparing for my own long journey. I'm going on the road indefinately and scared and excited all in one. Call it a mid-life crisis, or something I should have done when I was 18 and not 42...but I'm selling everything I can, throwing the rest in storage and going who knows where for who knows how long. My plan is to camp out some and play tourist and also stay in hostels...if I like the town or city maybe rent a room get a temporary job and leave after a month. I have enough money to do this for a year if I dont work, but if I work I'm hoping it could turn into a lifestyle for awhile. I have lots of fears about my car and snow and breaking down...but I will keep in mind what I keep reading here...and that is going with the flow!
Thanks to ALL of you...
MMM, Utahtea, Judy, Brandon, George - Thanks so much for your support and understanding of my weird last minute feelings about this. Its such a conflict of excitement/nervousness. You have all reminded me that 1)I am alive and human and have "normal" reactions to the unknown 2)to go with the flow and even the mishaps can be part of the adventure. Im ready to go...jitters and all. I just want to get on the road...and start this trip that we've been waiting for! This week (4 more days) will fly by (as will the trip I figure) so I want to cherish even moment...every site...all of it. I want to "take it all in". There are so many places we haven't seen...heard...smelled. And a couple days after we get there, we will go on to the Pacific in CA. I just can't imagine it all. I'm also anxious to share it all with you all. And if I get any good pics, I think there is a way to share those too! This site is super!
You might enjoy reading Megan's book
The Co-Editor of RoadTripAmerica wrote "Roads From the Ashes" which sort of described the first six years lived on the road, but really it is a story of self-discovery hastened by a wildfire that launched her into this life (in her 41st year).
The first chapter is on-line at http://www.roadtripamerica.com/book/chap1.htm
We want to hear all about it!
Looking forward to hearing your impressions and views. We are looking at some options that would allow fellow roadtrippers to post photos and extend their roadtrip experiences to the rest of us.
Remember, Life's a journey. Take the scenic route!
Wild fires & Claudette
I'm going to miss being able to get online and see just what's happening weather wise, etc. We are hoping to be in Missouri for the first night stay...then on southward and west on I-40, like we'd talked about on here. I was somewhat concerned about the Arizona wild fires and if they might bother us...but I don't think they are/were that close to I-40. And now with the rain predicted for the weekend and I believe early next week, I suppose they will douse the fires anyway. It's been so dry out west...but it looks like rain when we are getting there. Geesh. I hope Vegas stays dry, although my sis said they NEED some rain...Im just so sick of rain I could scream! In the last few weeks we've had plenty of rainy days in Ohio. I don't know if they are planning for Claudette to cause this upcoming rain in NM and AZ...hopefully it will just be intermittent showers or something like that. "go with the flow...go with the flow" :)
Just like Dorathy!
George - Thats so neat... this author put into words some of the same feelings Ive had this week...like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!!! "There's NO place like home!!" and we haven't even left yet!! Thanks for responding!
Replied to you
I replied to your post...but I messed up somehow and it ended up later in the thread. Its called "Just Like Dorathy"
Paula - What an adventure!! The people here have been so helpful to me in preparing! This is really a neat site. Good luck in your travels!
Thanks for that link. I still have 6 weeks left b4 I leave and after reading that first chapter of hers I totally know about "stuff". Its harder to get rid of things than to get them. And when you don't know where you are going indefinately, it does tend to make you question yourself. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this site before I got rid of my nearly new big bad dell computer...
I already feel like I've found some type of support just finding this forum. You can just FEEL how adventurous people are that write comments and questions here. I know people have travelled since the beginning of time and will continue to do so, but when its YOU that takes off into the unknown its different than reading about it in a book.
I look forward to meeting people such as the ones on this site...I think we all have more in common than I once thought and thats a good thing.