Sometime in 2016, we decided it was time to take a grand adventure, a boat trip or road trip which would break us away from our normal life and our jobs in Florida (where we had been living since mid 2013). We’d had a few such trips in the past but, nothing more than 6 months in duration. The plan for this 2017 – 2018 trip would be for us to spend 12 months traveling – budget & costs along the way permitting – and see where life might take us.
Being sailors (of predominantly small boats), we toyed with the idea of buying a sailboat in the 30 – 40 foot range and heading off but, as 2016 progressed we realized that our senior Husky-mix pooch was not going to be up for an adventure of such physicality. We redirected the plans towards buying a small RV, complete with air conditioning (such are the needs of a senior husky-mix pooch!) and heading off to explore some parts of North America which we’d not previously spent much time in.
In May 2016 we threw down some hard earned savings and purchased a 2007 Itasca Navion 23 ft RV (or motorhome, for those of you enjoying this blog from anywhere in Europe). It’s got all the comforts of home. It’s a Winnebago “house” on a Dodge chassis with a Mercedes 5 cylinder diesel engine up front and it successfully took us over 26K miles during our April 2017 – April 2018 adventure (with some repairs, which we’ll get to later). And, we’re still living in it …….
During our trip around North America, many people asked us about the pet ramp (per the above photo) which Moose used to enter & exit the RV. Without this and at his senior age, we would have had to lift him each time. These things are great! PetSafe Solvit UltraLite Bi-Fold Pet Ramp, 62 in., Portable Lightweight Dog and Cat Ramp, Great for Cars, Trucks and SUVs
But, before we dive headfirst into the road trip and it’s myriad adventures, I know some readers will be keen to get some questions answered (as referenced in our ‘Living a non-normal life’ post): “how do you do this?”, “how did you manage to get all this time off work?”, “where did you get the money for all this?”, “do you have someone renting your house, while you are on the road?” etc.) and we’re going to address this in the next few blog posts.
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