Just over a month to go! It looks like we’ll be taking our old van (which at least has had the battery replaced and 2 new tires) which unfortunately does not have much cargo space and does not have a roof rack. If I get the hitch repaired (it was pushed into our bumper when we were rear-ended by a college student last year) we could pull a u-haul trailer behind for $320 which is much cheaper than the shipping estimates (all over $1000) we’ve been given. But that will add to the driving headaches and gas costs. I hope to get some minor repairs done – seems we need a new starter, and I’d love to get the AC fixed – before we leave if we can come up with the money.
I’ve been looking over routes and as much as I’d like to stop by and see various friends on the way it’s seeming less likely that we’ll make any major detours. If we are pulling a trailer we will stay out of the mountains – don’t think the transmission could take it – and head south across Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, veering north through Oklahoma and Missouri, then across Illinois to Indiana. Looks like we’ll be on the old Route 66 for part of the trip (cool). If you are on this route let us know and send tips on places to see and stay. I’m hoping not to camp much if at all but we may need to (although that will require buying a new tent as we tossed the old one at the end of our 2 month camping stint at the beginning of this journey).
I have been building up my Priority Club points (through e-miles and the like) and have enough for 3 nights in a Holiday Inn if I combine reward points with cash (10,000 pts +$40 in many of their hotels – well worth it for the air conditioning, swimming pool and shower, not to mention a decent bed for my old back).
Hard to believe it’s so close! I feel as though I’m totally focused on this trip – I can’t allow myself to think about all the hurdles that will await us upon arrival as far as making a home and getting this venture off the ground. One thing at a time.