I said “I do” to my soul mate the day before we left. We packed all of our belongings into a 32 foot Class C RV and set out on the road. Just my husband, myself, our two dogs, Heidi and Rocco and our Quaker Parrot, Merlin. Leaving the only home we had known together for the past 7 years. We had raised our children there, we had laughed and cried there, celebrated and loved there and now it was time to look forward and take that giant leap of faith and become full time travelers.
We left Brooksville, Florida on March 22, 2015 at 11:00 p.m., hit I-75 and headed north. We were both scared and unsure but mostly we were very, very excited to start this new life. We had plans to spend a week each with our dear friends in Jacksonville, Florida, our older son in Durham, NC., then with my parents in Blue Ridge, Georgia. After those three weeks we would be in St. Louis, Missouri for the birth of our first grandchild that was not due for another month.
Our first lesson in full time RV’ing is that “Things don’t always go as planned”.
Before reaching our first stop in Jacksonville, Florida the tow trailer broke down. Fortunately, this happened in the Craker Barrel lot across from a Camping World! That only slowed us down by one day and we were back on the road. We made it to Jacksonville and received a phone call from our daughter that she was having contractions. Uh oh! We better speed things up!
Although the contractions stopped we were still concerned we would miss the birth of our grandchild so we ended up spending only a few days with our friends in Jacksonville and headed up the coast to North Carolina. After two days we learned that there were more complications with the pregnancy and they may have to induce early!
So, off we went! We spent the night with my parents and left for our 24 hour straight through trip to St. Louis. We arrived on Sunday, April 5, 2015, set up our RV for the first month long stay of our life in a KOA just ouside of St. Louis in Granite City, Illinois. We met for lunch with our very pregnant daughter and her husband at a wonderful little restaurant on the Mississippi River in Grafton, Illinois. We had a lovely time! After lunch we all headed out in separate ways with the promise of ‘getting together’ tomorrow.
Early morning we recieved the call from our daughter that the doctor had decided to induce her and we would be meeting our new grandbaby later on today! Holy Cow! We got here just in time and met our beautiful grandson, Wyatt Reid, at 6:00 that evening!
A brand new life, start of a new journey and the end of an era.
Let the games begin!