Wednesday, March 30, 2011

and after one month on the road…

014Well here we are! It has been one month since we retired and took off from the land where we lived for over thirty years… So has it been everything we thought it would be? Are there things that we have missed from Texas? Is there anything we would like to have a “Do over!” for? Do we still think this is a good idea? Will we do this again next month? There are a lot of questions that could be asked of us right now so we will try to answer what we think our family and friends would want to know.

His opinion:

051This has been a great adventure so far and we have only scratched the surface. There is nothing I would rather be doing now than what we are doing (unless we win the lottery soon). If we had some “do overs” the only things I would do differently would have been to retire about a month earlier so we could have made sure things were in better shape before we left such as ensuring we were ready to tow and to better get the house ready for sale.

The things I miss most about our life in Texas are the socializing with our friends, the barbeque, the Dudley’s Draw (my favorite tavern). I am sorry we missed Glen’s crawfish boil (and his wife’s really good and rummy rum cake) and the spring golf tournament. I don’t really miss the house like I thought I may and I don’t miss work at all!!!

074So in my opinion all is well and we will venture onward and Yes! we like this life style so far and will stay here in North Carolina another month. We are taking a mini-vacation (I know life is tough) as we drive over to Nashville to watch the daughter play some softball and stay a few days to enjoy the honky tonks of Nashville… especially the bluebird café. We will be holed up in the Radisson hotel (Gawd I love Priceline) and then return back to North Carolina to do some more of this RV’ing stuff :) …

The only downside so far is when we get stuck in bad weather like it has been here lately – cold and rainy. It did give me time to do the taxes and for us to catch up on laundry. I will see if I can get the Mrs. to post her one month’s thoughts as well…


  1. Yeah thats good you are just beginning. After 6 years on the road we hate to leave our coach any more, we need a vacation we move it to another place. And we have our house with us always. No bags to pack and sleep in our own bed every night. Friends and neighbors back home (even after 28 years) usually are too busy to hear about your travels, but we are constantly meeting new people and make friends along the way, just love exploring new towns and villages. For us its the perfect lifestyle. Enjoy!

  2. Congratulations on making it through the first month. It goes quickly so enjoy every minute. Before you know it you'll be reflecting on your first year! Maybe I should start working on my 2-year post now!! Thanks for continuing to let us know how your doing.

  3. It's wonderful to read your reflections of the past month. I would love to read what your bride has to say as well so hopefully you can convince her to write a piece! So, it can be done, and it can be enjoyed. Nice to know :))
    Thanks for the post!

  4. Glad you're enjoying the RV life. We love it so much, I cant think of even going back to a sticks and bricks house.

    Kevin and Ruth

  5. Way to go...
    At the beginning we too took it hard when the weather turned bad but now we take it as it comes-it is a part of life the sooner you except it the better-and you have all the time in the world....ENJOY

  6. It's hard to believe it's a month already. Yes you have just scratched the surface, and your rush to leave town was a bit like the overnight success that took ten years to achieve.

    You could have taken longer, stayed in the house a couple of months after retirement, but it has all worked out hasn't it!

    Hope to run into you sometime next year!

    Keep us all posted on what you do, think and feel.

  7. Wow, a month went by fast! Glad things are going as planned :)

  8. Yes this month has flown by. If you're going to be in NC another month, you may want to check out the NC Zoo in Asheboro. It's great in the Spring.

  9. My very worst day in the RV was 6 weeks out from home when I faced rather abruptly, how very much I missed my 'Church Family.' Poor John. He didn't know what had hit him. Once I got my head and heart sorted out over that I was much happier. Now I'm happiest 'On The Road.'

    It's a huge adjustment from being resident in a community to becoming part of the community on the move.

    I'm sure you will continue to enjoy the lifestyle as much as you expect to.


  10. Gee, time flies when you're having fun!! Has it been a month?? So glad you are enjoying the lifestyle! Here's to many many more happy moments and safe travels!!