Some of you may have noticed that it’s been a while since our last update. From Vancouver, our last stop in Canada, we drove every day for 12 days. We stopped each night, and then moved on. We’d had enough of the cold and where heading for California and the warmer weather.
By the end of the 12 days and 1,067 miles of driving on some of the most wiggly, steep and epic roads so far, we weren’t in a very good state. We were exhausted, demoralised and irritated with each other. We were questioning what the hell we were doing; why weren’t we snuggled up on our super comfy sofas, sleeping in our super comfy bed and cooking in our lovely, spacious kitchen back in Bristol? Why had we chosen to leave all our friends and our nice life back in England to live in a tiny box on wheels and drive across vast swathes of foreign lands? As you can probably imagine, we didn’t feel like writing any blog posts.
It’s hard to admit (to yourself, let alone others) that you’re not having a good time when you’re living out a dream. For over 3 months we’ve barely had to think about work, our days are our own, to do with what we will, and we are having the adventure of a lifetime. What’s not to love? Right?
The conclusion I’m choosing to draw: we’re going through a transition phase. We’ve moved from initial excitement, naivety, and novelty to facing what is, basically, a radical change in lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong. Every day we’ve seen the most beautiful and awesome scenery. We have visited cosmopolitan and iconic cities, including Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. We have passed through charming, character-filled villages and driven past cute and picturesque homes. But when ‘another amazing view’ is the highlight of your day, day after day, the novelty, it would now seem, does wear off after 3 months.
Thankfully the end of our 12 day drive ended in a stay with our friends Jo and Kevin and their kids in Orinda, near San Francisco. We spent a gorgeous week in their lovely house, sleeping in a REAL bed, lounging on spacious sofas, eating food baked in an oven, having long, hot showers and being able to flush the loo and forget about it.
Our wonderful and generous friends took in two weary travelers and looked after us for a whole week, until we felt rested and topped up with friend-love. We immersed ourselves in their wonderful family home and routine, cooking delicious food together, playing games with the kids and laughing over bottles of wine (and rusty nails – thanks for introducing us, Kev 🙂 ). It was balm to our souls. We properly relaxed and it felt like heaven after 3 months on the road. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Jo and Kev!
Some new ideas that we are planning to try out, to see if they re-kindle our enthusiasm for our big adventure:
1. Get somewhere hot and see if that feels more fun (first hot-stop: Death Valley 🙂 )
2. Distance-drive for a maximum of 2-3 days on the trot (not 12!)
3. Stop for a minimum of 2 nights, preferably 3, so we can recuperate and do non-travelling things in between the long drives.
4. Get to Mexico and the beach a.s.a.p. and stop for a week or two’s beach holiday. Yippee!!
Our planned route keep changing. We were going to cross over to Florida but we’ve decided we want to get to Mexico quicker, so we have now driven South of San Fran on Route #1, through the Big Sur, and across California to Death Valley.
Our present plan is to go East as far as the Grand Canyon, via Las Vegas, Area 51 and Sedona, before returning across California to see my God Father, Mike, and his wife, Liz, in Tehachapi. And then we’re hoping to see our friends Rach and Neil in LA, before heading South to Baha California. We’re feeling pretty confident that this plan will stick now! We’re sorry not to see our RV friends in Florida. Hopefully our paths will cross again, Louise and Al. Jurgen and Clemencia – we’ll definitely see you on the way South!.