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I can’t believe it’s already been a month since we left on our 14 month road trip across the USA driving from Minnesota to Florida.  A lot has happened that we want to fill you in on, but first and foremost – yes, we are still alive and no, we haven’t gotten sick of each other just yet. 😉

As we sort of expected the first month presented a few obstacles, starting with winter weather.  We had originally planned to leave on Monday, February, 5th, but woke up that morning to a forecast for 6 inches of snow in Iowa.  After a little deliberation, we decided we’d rather be safe than sorry, so we pushed out our start date until the following day.  Good thing we waited!  When we drove through Iowa the next day, we saw more than 25 cars stuck in the ditch from the previous day’s snowstorm.  Luckily, we made it through to St. Louis, MO with no problems.

Neither Max nor I had been to St. Louis, so we were fortunate to have family there to stay with and be our tour guides around the city.  We did the obligatory Gateway Arch tour which provided some amazing views of the city, then ate lunch and had a few cold ones at the Anheuser Busch brewery.

Our plan after leaving St. Louis was to spend a couple nights in Nashville and mosey our way down to Florida; however we scrapped that given our delayed start and seeing that Nashville temperatures were still dipping below freezing at night.  Our Winnebago travel trailer “Big Red” is a 3 season trailer, so the furnace doesn’t work so well when it dips below freezing.

From St. Louis we drove to Atlanta and boondocked at a petting zoo/animal farm for our first night in Big Red.  It was in the mid-40s when we arrived that night, so we piled the blankets on our bed, turned the heat on and hoped for the best.  When we woke up the next morning it was freezing inside as the heat had stopped working due to the low temps!  We made some coffee and oatmeal to warm ourselves up and then hit the road for Florida.  Somewhere on the interstate between Atlanta and Jacksonville, someone may have found a nice little present as we realized our bumper caps (that hold our RV disposal tube inside the bumper) had fallen off and along the way our sh*t tube flew out…time to get a new one!

One night in early 2017, Amy and I were having dinner at home. Out of the blue I asked her, “What if we quit our jobs and traveled for a year?” Once the initial shock of my question wore off, we decided to keep discussing it. After another few weeks, we were all in.

My initial idea of traveling through multiple countries, backpack style, morphed into something closer to home…a giant road trip. We decided that as much as we loved traveling the world, there was a huge amount of the USA that we hadn’t experienced. And what better way to see the good ol’ USA than in an RV?! Over the next several months, it was almost constant planning. What to do about our jobs and income? Getting our home rented. Where to keep all our stuff? What to bring, where to go and how to enjoy the ride as much as possible. I’m not going to lie…it was stressful!

Fast forward a year and we are now three weeks into our journey. We left Minnesota February 6th, and as I type this we are boondocking on the west coast of Florida. After three weeks, we have learned a lot about living life in 200 square feet. We have already had several “learning experiences,” but we are adjusting quickly.

With 14 months on the road ahead of us, we are looking forward to new experiences, meeting new people and less time behind a desk.  Adventure Awaits!

PS…we would love to meet up with people along the way! We will be posting our whereabouts as we go, so feel free to reach out.