On the evening of Friday, August 26, we set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
Well, it was a cross-country trip.
Okay, it was a three-month work-related field assignment for Papa ‘Skiy and everbody tagged along.
But it’s something none of us were ready to return home from and something we’d all jump at the chance to do again.
We returned home late on November 18, which was also Papa ‘Skiy’s 43rd birthday, but not before spending a couple of days with his parents in Fort Myers to celebrate with them as well.
Once we’d returned home, we looked at the final numbers that we put on both our truck and our fifth wheel: 12,100 miles and 8,079 miles, respectively. Our truck was our mode of transportation for work, sight-seeing, to and from airports, and errands, in addition to pulling our home across the country.
Our only problem was discovered as we were heading home after visiting Papa ‘Skiy’s parents, which were the final 200 miles of our journey. Before our trip we upgraded the tires and rims of our fifth wheel, and apparently the company that sold us the rims inadvertently suggested rims that were too weak for our RV. As a result, every single rim was cracking, two of them to the point the cracks went completely through the rims.
We limped home slowly but safely.
Other than that, we never had a tire blowout, mechanical or structural problem, or disappointing campground experience. Not one. Surprisingly enough, we were never tardy to one of Papa ‘Skiy’s assignments either. Even when we had to drive from Colorado to Virginia in only two days! Papa and M ‘Skiy did end up with a cold after our flight to and from Washington, and Mama and M ‘Skiy did have an ER visit each (Mama fell on her shoulder bike riding in Indiana and we were concerned she tore something, and M ‘Skiy cracked his head open sledding on snow in Alaska and required staples) but untimately everyone is fine and in excellent health.
If someone would have told us those three months were going to go nearly flawlessly, we wouldn’t have believed them.
Now it’s back to everyday life again.
We thought we’d be homesick. We thought we’d be anxious to return home. After all, our house is more than 2,100 square feet and our rig isn’t even 285 square feet.
But we weren’t.
It will be great to catch up with friends, stretch out a little, and use a larger and faster washer and dryer again.
However, we’d be lying if we said we’re not already longing for another extended road trip again.