Wow, it’s been five months since this journey began. Over 11,000 miles on the truck, and 3,700 miles on the trailer have been logged so far. The time like the miles, has gone by fast.
One of the goals of the trip was to stay one step ahead of “old man” winter and so far, that goal has been met. There’s been a couple nights where the temperature dropped below freezing, and just a few days when the highs didn’t get out of the upper 40s. Those have been the exception, the weather for the vast majority of the time has been nice, warm, and even hot. There’s been more sunny days than gloomy ones, more dry days than rainy ones.
The weather has been one of the high points so far in the journey.
Been to a lot of places and seen a lot of sights. One bad thing (at least for me) is when you’ve seen so much, you start to forget some of the places you’ve been and some of the things seen, it all starts to run together in the memory, which brings us to another of the goals of the journey.
I want to document the trip, so that when I’m sitting in front of the pellet stove in the dead of winter looking out over frozen Lake Osakis, I’ll be able to sit back in the recliner, and relive the journey all over again. Maybe, even remembering some of the things I thought I had forgot.
I don’t think there’s been any one stop where I haven’t enjoyed the time spent there (yes, some more than others). I’ve enjoyed the diversity of the landscapes and cultures. The architecture and styles of the homes and buildings seen along the way. In their facades and choice of colors, they help to bring out the history of the area, they help to show a time long gone.
The truck has performed flawlessly, and trailer has had only one minor hiccup (hot water heater). I’m so fortunate and appreciative, that both the truck and trailer have been non-issues, which is a good thing since I don’t know if my fragile psyche could handle it (just kidding).
The more time spent in it, the more I like the trailer. It’s proving to hold up to the rigors of the road and is providing a comfortable living space with enough room. I really like that I’m able to take a hot shower if I want, that’s nice.
One area that I’m not so satisfied with is gas mileage. Without the trailer, the truck is averaging 25 mpg (which is super). When towing the trailer, that number drops down to 11 mpg (which is not). It was OK when gas was under $2.00 per gallon, it becomes more of an issue when it hits $2.60 per gallon.
I feel like I’m writing from a check-off list, does it seem that way to you?
So far, I haven’t hit the wall (figuratively), still excited about what’s ahead, and looking forward to every day. I’ll want to keep that attitude, there’s still a long ways to go before the light in the window back home can be turned off.
As Sonny sang to Cher; And the beat goes on (just how old are you).