Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Looking Back on Six Months on the Road

Hard to believe, but RVPainter and I headed out on this RV Adventure just six months ago. I can't believe all we've done and seen in that short time - it makes it seem much longer, and yet it's also gone by in a flash! The trip to England and Wales came at the perfect time at the start of September. When we got back and started out again on the road, I felt different - more settled, less scared.

I have to admit that the trip to England and Wales was my favorite part of this year - because it had a special personal meaning for me; because we got to see dear friends Deirdre and Nigel and meet their little ones; because we made wonderful new friends from the Liverpool Blue Coat school; and because well, we simply loved it: London, Bath, Liverpool and Beaumaris.

Here's a little recap of this journey since it began when we started out on April 5th:


Back in a flash to Santa Fe to say Goodbye to dear friends


First major stop: San Antonio Texas:



Second major stop: Charleston, SC



Up to New England: Memorial Day with my family & Dick's family reunion



Up into Maine:



On to Nova Scotia...




Then to Quebec, "Our Paris":



Then ... Back to Elkhart, Indiana for warranty work on the RV :(

Who wants to see pictures of that??? Not me!!

Then! On to England and Wales.

London

London

Stonehenge

Liverpool Blue Coat School

Beaumaris

Then ... back to Elkhart again!! :(
No pictures for that either...

Then we headed into Kentucky and down here to Nashville. Next we're going to Memphis to see Elvis, and after that, it's on down to Florida.

10,000 land miles in the RV, plus a few thousand to England and back - it's been quite a journey so far.

Next post I'll tell you the best and worst parts about life on the road....





14 comments:

  1. I can't believe it's been six months! I've loved following your journey through your wonderful photos, and hope there will be many more to come :-)

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    1. Annalisa, I love following your journey too. Stop struggling! :) It's a writer thing, isn't it??? Looking forward to your next book.

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  2. Melissa, can't believe it's six months already. Time is flying by so fast. I would love to do what you are doing with my hubby once he retires. We'll see...
    Karen

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    1. I Know -crazy isn't it? It really is a wonderful way to see so much of the country. You could see even more than we do, but we pick the things that interest us and then move on. Thanks for being there.

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  3. Melissa, I've really, really enjoyed taking this journey with you, and I've enjoyed your honesty in telling the good and the bad. You have such an adventurous spirit! I hope you two have a relaxing, lovely time in Florida for the winter. It sounds so nice :)

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    1. M.K. It's so reassuring to know you are along for the ride...and I know you understand so much. I'm working on having an adventurous spirit - I think there is one hiding in me, trying to get out! xo

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  4. How can it possibly be six months? I have loved the privilege of being able to follow you on your journey, in both the physical and the emotional sense. Thank you so much.

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    1. It's been wonderful to know you are there to share it with.

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  5. Hi, Melissa! It's only been six months since your road adventure began? Wow! You have done a lot of traveling in that amount of time. I've not read all of your posts, but I have enjoyed the ones I've read. And the pictures have been wonderful!

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    1. I know! It seems like forever, and also no time at all! Thank you for being there with me.

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  6. Yes, it certainly has been an amazing journey. If I would pick the most overall best part of the journey I would have to pick our journey to England - so very wonderful - not at all what I expected - of course the weather ( no rain ) helped a lot!!!!!!!! :>)
    Well, after we check to see if Elvis is in the house - our next 6 months will be in Florida!!
    We'll be mostly stationary - that will seem strange but the $$$$$$$'s we save on gas will be welcomed!!!

    JR

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  7. Hi Melissa - so good to see your round up and am so pleased you had such a great time in England ... it'll be nice to have six months relatively settled - sounds like an excellent experiment - that's turned out so well ... I hope Elvis isn't at home ... but you enjoy his memories ... cheers Hilary

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  8. I'm glad you've had such a lovely time so far.

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  9. Dear Melissa, I'm glad that I kept up with you during the past six months and followed your journey. I've learned a lot, viewed some beautiful photographs, and determined that one day I'll see Maine, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. I'm reading a mystery novel right now--the third in a series I'm reading--that takes place in Maine. The main character is a game warden. And I've thought of you on your trip there. Of course this third mystery in the series is taking place in deep winter. It's good you weren't there then. I'm wondering where you do plan to travel for the winter months. To "sunny California, Arizona, New Mexico? It's good for all your readers to have you back on the road again! Peace.

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