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Home, Sweet Home ... Days 37 and 38 of 38 Day Adventure

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DougC

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... and the adventure comes to an end :mellow:

July 5, day 37: A drive day from Las Cruses, N.M., to Tucson, Ariz. Nothing exciting along the way.

July 6, day 38: A drive day from Tucson to our home in Cathedral City, Calif., 380 miles on I-10.

So ends a great 38-day adventure. We drove 6,822 miles and traveled through 14 states. We had set a trip "on the road" budget of $7,600, or $200 per day, for food, fuel and park fees. However, we actually spent $6,900. The savings was in fuel ... we had budgeted $3800 (6 miles per gallon), but we ran at 8 to 9 miles per gallon; hence the savings.

For RV park fees, we had budgeted $1,900 and spent $1,672, and for eating out the budget was $1,900 and we spent $1,959.

The trip was a eye-opening experience for us. We did learn that we could live together in a RV for at least 5 weeks and still be talking to each other at the end of the trip. Even Dale the dog is OK, his tail is still wagging :D

The RV itself did not have any major problems. On the last day of the trip the front air-conditioner unit's squirrel cage did lock up, but that is an easy fix. Other than the AC issue, the RV worked as it should.

When we first walked back into our home, we had "bigness shock" -- the house is only 1,350 square feet, but compared to the RV, which is about 300 square feet, the house is a mansion :) Once back, we had the chore of unloading (ugh <_< ) the motorhome, which will continue tomorrow.

So long for now. We are deciding where to go next ....

Dale, Trudy and Doug

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Congrats. We are newbie owners and made a couple short trips (14 days at CWS in Omaha) and 5 days in SanAntonio but working on a 30 day trip with the less than enthusiatic wife. She made the 5 day but just the boys and I did the CWS. She's skeptical at best as to making it on anything longer than a week. She's afraid she'll be bored as we are both workaholics now. We did do 2 two week trips in a friends Am Eagle before we bought but she's yet to commit to a long trip. Any suggestions?

Tip70775

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Congratulations on your adventure.

Yesterday, July 14, 2009, we just finished an 89 day trip that began on April 17, 2009, through 14 states and 20 layovers. We are also still talking to each other. I think the dear wife is looking at heading out again in September. I'm ready. Our Dog Miya is enjoying the large fenced in yard. We kid with her and say, "It's time to go for a walk." Open the door, let her out and close the door. She looks back over her shoulder as to say, "What! No Leash!"

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Hi Tip70775

To keep it short.... Both of us are in our late 60's, Trudy continues to work part time... and I'm ending a long time career at the end of July. Sometimes I get stressed and anxious about the retirement and so I may get pushy about maintaining schedules and staying productive every minute of every day. I.e., up at 6 am and ready to go do something by 7 am... to keep the mood relaxed and fun during the trip I had to learn to relax, and not over schedule each day.... for example, I knew that every other day was "hair day" for Trudy.... which meant I should not plan any activities (going places) until about 11 am.... and Trudy was flexible...

As a workaholic for 50 years... slowing down has been difficult for me.... but there are not many other options.... Trudy and I both plan to continue to work but at something where we can manage our time.

In my opinion and after talking with a lot of folks on the road... we have to keep the RV trips fun and stress free... but that does take some work.... otherwise who wants to sit in a RV day and night with a grouch or a stressful atmosphere.

Even Dale the dog needs his time outside.

I'm not saying we are perfect... however, learning to be more mellow is a good thing.

Doug

Congrats. We are newbie owners and made a couple short trips (14 days at CWS in Omaha) and 5 days in SanAntonio but working on a 30 day trip with the less than enthusiatic wife. She made the 5 day but just the boys and I did the CWS. She's skeptical at best as to making it on anything longer than a week. She's afraid she'll be bored as we are both workaholics now. We did do 2 two week trips in a friends Am Eagle before we bought but she's yet to commit to a long trip. Any suggestions?

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Thanks for the email. We had the same experience with our dog Dale.... it took a few days at the beginning of the trip for him and us to get his daily routine adjusted... and part of that meant not running out of the RV when the door was opened... the times we did get to a dog run and he could run without a lease he got to the point where he would do his business, sniff around a while and come back to me for his lease... I think the lease provides security to dogs.

Doug

Congratulations on your adventure.

Yesterday, July 14, 2009, we just finished an 89 day trip that began on April 17, 2009, through 14 states and 20 layovers. We are also still talking to each other. I think the dear wife is looking at heading out again in September. I'm ready. Our Dog Miya is enjoying the large fenced in yard. We kid with her and say, "It's time to go for a walk." Open the door, let her out and close the door. She looks back over her shoulder as to say, "What! No Leash!"

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