2019 in Review – Part II released

I know what it is like to wait for part 2 of anything, so we released the Part II of our 2019 in Review movie as soon as we could

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2019 the year in review – Part I

We had a huge 2019 and it was so action packed that I couldn’t get all the highlights into one video, it would have been an epic length movie, so have cut it down into Parts and here is Part 1.

Our arrival in the USA and our travels to end of June 2019, taking us through 10 states and changing the truck once, getting some truck and trailer maintenance and upgrades done, installing solar panels and getting to know the west coast of this huge and action packed country.

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Cowboy Country (Dallas and Fort Worth)

A wonderful stay – we have been driveway camping with friends for 10 days here in East Texas – and travelled to Dallas one evening and into Fort Worth another evening, to see the Rodeo and Ice Hockey Games.

 

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Planning 2020

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

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What does 2020 have instore for us?   A lot really..

We will probably need to do a video to show the extent of our plans for this year, we really need to settle dates and reservations for the “big ticket items” as they can become booked out very quickly, what are the Big Ticket Items – I hear you ask…

  • Winter and early spring in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and North Texas – all booked.
  • Colorado with Berts folks coming for a month from Perth, Australia
  • Visit with friends in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Return to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, Wyoming
  • More of Montana & Wyoming
  • New states visits, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Dakotas (North and South) and visit the history and state parks in these new places
  • Maybe Arkansas and Louisiana – but this time stop and look around. We had fleeting visits on our Southern Road Trip.
  • Back in Texas for Christmas 🎄

We estimate that should keep us busy until November – and plans change as we meet folk and find more adventures along the way. By November we will need to have 2021 planning started.

What will we see this year! If it is 1/2 as much fun and adventure as 2019 we will be blessed and living our dream…

Livingston, Texas

We had 14 days in Livingston after our good friends returned to Australia, it was time to clean the trailer for the new year and get sorted for travelling,

Bert has some odd jobs to do outside and I wanted to clean through inside from top to bottom, which worked out perfectly.

We had a truck tyre/tire deflate on us, so back to the repair shop for that, then we needed a wheel alignment. And the trucked needed a servicing too!! These things need attending to when we have time in the bigger towns.

Had a wonderful night with friends David and Gloria in Houston catching up after Christmas and our Southern Road trip!! As always dinner and company was perfect.

As this stop was a maintenance and cleaning stop there will not be a video, but we are heading towards Dallas Fort Worth area to stay with Terri and Ken, we met in Montana and saw again in Fredericksburg and have some outings and fun things planned there so a video will be released in those fun things.

I’m going to make a quilt as Terri has a “she shed” all set up for quilting and it even has a chandelier!!!! How posh is that!!!! And lake views too!

Our plans to travel – we leave Livingston and drive to Willis to meet them as their new trailer is ready for pickup…. they traded their Imagine in for a Keystone Cougar the same as ours. We do hope they like it and have many many years of fun adventures…..

Then we convoy up to their home on the lake, their new trailer is installed in her new home in the huge 3 bay garage, we will park ours on their level cement drive way. Bert and Ken will do some maintenance on our trailer.

Everything went as planned!!

Now to investigate this area and get some relaxing done….

Waco, Texas

We packed and left our pretty little house in Memphis early morning, stopped for coffee before hitting the highway.  We have a big drive ahead of us today so we will do most of it by Interstate Highway and then drop down to a Highway to come into Waco, we are doing our best to avoid Dallas Fort Worth area late afternoon….

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Pete helped drive for a few hours, but Robert doesn’t like being a passenger so he was lucky to have those few hours really.   We stopped in a little town to grab a few groceries and Pete parked the truck away from all the others and took 2 spots up, this car was on the drivers door when we returned – we laughed a lot!!

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We went through Arkansas and really didn’t stop, Robert and I will be going back that way in the near future.  As you can see from the picture above, the drive is 8.5 hours plus stops for fuel and lunch so we were on the road from 7:30am to around 5pm and during our travels our Airbnb host for our apartment in Waco, emailed and offered us an upgrade to the larger apartment – who are we to say no to that offer.

Found our way into Waco, found the apartment and even got the truck in the secure car  park and into our wonderful huge and stunningly decorated apartment.  The video (soon to be released will have a walk through).

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Settled in and had a few days to investigate and look around.  There is a fixer upper show and it is based out of Waco, Tracey is a huge fan so we visited the Magnolia Silos, coffee shop, cupcake shop and even went on the free bus down to the restaurant.

Waco has a lot more to offer than the Magnolia Franchise, it has the huge campus for Baylor University and their star football team, we went to see the current Star Wars Movie in the quaint but luxurious cinema right next to our apartment ($8.50 each for recliner seats and snack service).

I had my hair cut, Pete and Tracey both has hair appointments too.  We found some lovely coffee shops and a lovely Vietnamese lunch venue.  The town is undergoing a lot of road works and the highway coming into town is under construction – this is a little confusing but overall we had a great visit.

After 3 nights here we headed back to Livingston, Texas and had a few hours in “our little home” RV with Peter and Tracey, then took them down to Houston International Airport for their long trip home.

 

 

Reflection and Projection – from Robert

Today marks the one year anniversary of our time in the USA.

We are so grateful to all our supporters, friends, and family, and people we have met along the way. 2020 is going to be an awesome year, with many adventures, and who knows who, or what we will encounter, along the highway’s, and back roads, of this great country.

We have found Americans to be polite, helpful, considerate, and above all, super good fun to be around. The trailer needs some preventative maintenance, before we head north, and a spring clean is in order. A special thank you to our new American friends we made this year. Some we have visited with, some we only know via Facebook, but eventually we will meet up, but all of you fill our life with joy, happiness, and a feeling of belonging, we are blessed to have you in our lives.

I miss our home town, the casual easy going lifestyle, and the great mates I have back home. I miss my family, and if there was a way, I would be both here, and back in Australia, but, as with all things in life, one has to make a choice.

Our decision to stay in America for the next few years, has been one of the best leaps of faith, we as a couple we have ever made. If not for Leanne Tarrant, this would not be possible, and I my stars for having this incredible lady in my life.

 

I guess the lesson learned from this adventure is, if you want something, go and get it.

Don’t be distracted by those naysayers, who put their limitations upon you, be focused, and believe in yourself, dreams can come true.