Let us set the stage –
Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
59Trip End Jul 11, 2013
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About 4 months ago, as we were finishing dinner after another mundane day of trying to make ends meet [ which at the time seemed daunting at best], the conversation turned abruptly.
- Let's get a trailer, we’ll take tools and go visit all family & friends we know around the country. We’ll get a shower and a meal and maybe a tank of gas in exchange for some fix-it work they might need. Let’s just take off. We need a new adventure. The last one was our move out here to Montana, and it turned out to be the smartest thing we ever did. Let’s just take off.
- You mean like teenagers?
And thus was the birth of The Gypsy Tour, which would later morph into the "The Artful Odyssey" [ for reasons to be discussed in a future post].
The plan would be to wait until the kids were back in school and we had a chance to see a couple of Carroll College football games. Escaping the northern states before the weather hit would be critical, so no later than the middle of October. And here we are, ready to pull out this Saturday the moment our renters arrive, a great couple from the Bay area looking to try out a winter before possibly relocating to the valley permanently. So we are now committed to homelessness for at least the next 6 months. (Our goals are perhaps a bit askew…)
The logistics for The Odyssey are simple – pull an 18’ toy hauler trailer which allows for easy tool access as well as a shelter, friends and relatives who don’t lock their door when we get near and a monthly disability check for our sole source of income. With the rental income and an opportune sale of some remote west Virginia land [ 3.4 acres bought at a tax sale back in 1988- we never even saw it- brought in a tidy $6000, and you thought real estate was tough here!], we should be able to maintain our monthly mortgage and bills for the next 6 months. Four months ago there was the distinct possibility that we wouldn’t have to worry about the mortgage, if you catch the drift.
Our goals are simple as well – to reconnect with a lot of friends, do a little writing and painting, and most importantly to live purposefully with a little reckless abandon. Sometimes it takes a jolt like a health issue or a financial crisis to realize what’s important, not the least of which is friends and family, and even though our plan has been dubbed somewhat crazy or maybe just a midlife crisis, so be it – we’re outta here!