Wow, it’s already been a month since we escaped the city! We officially hit the road as full time RV’ers this Thursday, August 31.
I’m excited, antsy, nervous, twitchy, impatient, and dare I say, a touch anxious. The weight of our life choices is finally starting to hit – having been so preoccupied with leaving New York, I haven’t fully had the time to process what this next phase means or will look like in any kind of focused detail.
Now my synapses are firing with all kinds of thoughts – what will I miss about being in a stationary home? What will be stressful or frustrating? What if we blow a tire, uggggh? What will be the best part? The worst? What will it be like to be in a new place every one to four weeks? What if the Fill in the Blank doesn’t work? What will it be like to constantly be figuring out how well wi-fi or cell phone signals work or how many quarters we need for laundry or where everything is located? There’s a certain restfulness that comes with not constantly asking yourself these questions – and I’m a big fan of it, to say the least.
My rational mind knows we’ll figure these things out as they come. My emotional, Type-A planner mind is feeling a little frazzled but I’m putting her away for now – she worked overtime last month anyway. I know we can’t know it all, though there is some trepidation that comes with knowing nearly nothing about how RVs work (can’t wait for that first dump of the blackwater tank).
Thanks to genetics (dad: master wizard at taking things apart and putting them back together again, be it automobile, small electronics, or hell, the human body – dude was an emergency room doc for nearly 20 years), family members with experience (Uncle John, a mechanic and RV owner; great Uncle John Henry and his wife Sally, also seasoned RV owners), and super helpful YouTubers like LoLo Honeymoon and Keep Your Daydream, we have more than enough resources to help us prepare and help along the way.
Things I already know I’ll miss are long, hot showers, making jewelry/wax carving in my spare time, having a reliable internet connection that 1) allows me to not get stressed AF during work (my job requires/relies on internet connectivity) and 2) allows for streaming All The Things…I loooove movies and Game of Thrones, you guys. I’ll miss the peace and quiet of our West Virginia hilltop sanctuary.
I’m nervous about maintenance – basically paranoid that something will break down, all the time, and we haven’t even left yet. I’m nervous about getting stuck somewhere (probably that driveway incident has something to do with it), inclement weather, driving the damn thing (still haven’t), losing the cat (got this GPS tracker), not having enough time to go everywhere, having a living space that is even smaller than our Brooklyn apartment was. These are all first world woes – I know.
I’m most looking forward to visiting friends and family, spending more time outside, seeing more stars, meeting new people, reading more books, having the freedom to make random stops, and seeing more of the country and its national parks (got the annual pass, YASSS). I’m excited to constantly be learning new things, even if it’s exhausting and hope to cross more than a few things off of my bucket list.
Wish us luck and keep following the journey – thanks for coming with us. Next stop, Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA!