My last night on the road barring any emergencies. Actually, I should say it’s “Our” last night on the road as I can’t forget Mabel, my trusty travel companion. She has been with me every step of the way and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog on this trip. She has seen most of America, at least the states on the four coasts, something a lot of people can’t claim. She has spent a lot of time in the backseat, sometimes with her head out the window, taking in the sights and smells. Mabel has been shuffled in and out of the car and the camper, asked to pee in unfamiliar places, often without privacy, and listen to my singing. Her life has been turned upside down and she has never complained; think of the stories she will tell Evelyn.
I never could have done this trip without Sheri’s support and encouragement. There were times when I thought it best to come home, but she kept me focused and motivated to complete the journey. I missed her so much while on the road and am thankful for the technology that kept us connected. It would have been nice to see her halfway through but it just didn’t work out. We watch a lot of Survivor and I now understand how much it means for them to see their loved ones and the motivation it provides. I owe her so much for letting me take this trip an I hope she gets to live out her dream when she hits 50.
Tonight, is not bittersweet, it’s all sweet, as I am fully ready to come home and be a husband, father, neighbor, and citizen again. The next chapter starts once I am settled at home; I need to find a job! But I am ready for it, eleven weeks on the road with little structure has made me ready for new structure. Tramping around the country was a lot of fun but I realized it’s not me, I need connectivity, with my family and community. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for this experience and wouldn’t trade the opportunity not many people get, but I realized that I have a really good life. I want to go back to it full time.
This trip was different than what I expected it would be, and if repeated, will be in partnership with Sheri. Its lonely on the road, and although I talked to Mabel more over the last two weeks, the conversation remained one sided. So, I guess I remained somewhat sane over the last eleven weeks. The blog took more time than I thought and I am behind, but I have good notes and will finish it from home. I hope you decide to catch up with me as I catch up with the blog.
I am blessed to have experienced the beauty this country has to offer and I hope my words and photos inspire you to take a trip to see it. The journey doesn’t have to be for as long as I took, it’s all about the spirit of doing something different. Get out of your comfort zone and experience the excitement of life.
There will be a book about this journey, an expansion on the blog, that I hope to have finished next year. It will provide insight into the America I saw that wasn’t written about each day.
Thank you for following Mabel and me and safe travels, wherever they may take you!