Day 4 began in Oklahoma City, OK, and ended in Memphis, TN. We had mostly scattered clouds and temps in the high 60’s. Quite pleasant for our needs. We offed Oklahoma, ate all of Arkansas and tiptoed into Tennessee. However, no time change today. We remain in Central Time.
We spoke to my sister earlier today and she gave us the heads up that the I-40 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River into Memphis was recently closed when they discovered a crack in it. Turns out that it was good information to have but knowing didn’t change the fact that there is only one other bridge to get us into Memphis and naturally, it was very busy. Google maps navigation gave us a suggestion that allowed us to bypass perhaps 1.5 miles of the backup so only cost us about 15 minutes delay.
Day 4 miles driven was about 480.
Today we began in Tucumcari, NM, and ended in Oklahoma City, OK. We had mostly cloudy skies, a little bit of light rain, some lightening strikes visible in the distance and mild temps. Today’s excitement was crossing into Texas, the fascinating drive through the Texas Panhandle and then crossing into Oklahoma. For a drive of this nature, we’re really not looking for any more excitement than that.
We stopped into a Walmart in Elk City, OK, and from that experience, I can only conclude that Oklahoma is doing a great job of vaccinating their people. Most of the employees were wearing a mask but NONE of the customers were. I can only conclude that they are all vaccinated since unvaccinated people would be wearing a mask. Right?
Day 3 miles driven was about 380. This puts us about halfway to our destination. Downhill from here.
Today we started in Holbrook, AZ, and ended in Tucumcari, NM. The only “notable” events were crossing into New Mexico and therefore, losing an hour with the change to Mountain Time. Very exciting.
Just east of Holbrook, Interstate 40 passes through the Petrified Forest National Park. Of course, you can’t really see anything from the highway but, fortunately, we visited the park back in 2013.
Day 2 miles driven was about 430. This includes 20 miles driven in an ill-advised detour attempting to bypass a stretch of I-40 with construction in progress. Didn’t work out.
The fun began yesterday, Day 0. We had reserved the trailer for pickup at 9:00am on 5/25. I arrived a few minutes prior and noticed that the trailer was there in the parking lot. Once the office opened, I went inside along with one other customer. The trailer was, in fact, the one reserved for us but there was a problem with one of the safety chains. They were attempting either locate a nearby replacement or get someone to repair the chain. Bottom line, I went back home to await the outcome not knowing when we might get a trailer.
Once again, we turn the page on a new chapter. We are moving to Maryland. In January of 2020, Valerie’s Mom, Mae moved to Maryland to live with one of Valerie’s sisters who lives in Germantown, MD. Valerie’s other sister lives about 30 miles away in Arlington, VA. Valerie and I stayed around to oversee the sale of Mae’s house in Torrance, CA. The sale closed in late February.
At that point, our plan was to visit some friends and move around at a leisurely pace. The pandemic forced us to change those plans and stay put and were allowed to spend the spring and summer at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Wanting to get back closer to Southern California, in September 2020, we started a one year lease for a tiny home in Desert Hot Springs at the Caliente Springs Resort. During the winter, we considered the possibility of buying a place at Caliente Springs and/or buying an RV as a way to resume some domestic travel.
Ultimately, we’ve decided to move to Maryland. This will allow Valerie to be close to her sisters and help out her Mom. We took a trip out there recently to visit and while there we rented a one bedroom apartment in Germantown. We are now back in California and will be renting a U-Haul trailer to drag our belongings out to the east coast, departing on May 26.
Yes, this will be a big change, but we’ve become accustomed to change during the 10 years since we stopped working. I lived in Northern Virginia for many years back in the 1980’s so I have some familiarity with the geography and the weather. Also, this will put us closer to my family members in Kentucky and Tennessee. Still a meaningful distance away but definitely closer.
Time to move on.