Friday, June 29, 2012

Getting the itch to move!

As of June 27th we have been sitting in one spot, here in Spokane,  for 4 weeks.  We will not roll the tires again until next Thursday, the day after the 4th of July.  This past week we have been just enjoying being by ourselves again as our hosts, my sister and her family, have been gone to Jackson Hole for a week's vacation.  

We have both been doing a lot of reading, sitting on the main deck enjoying the long view across the valley, eating lunch out a few times,  meeting old friends from our college days who live locally, putting the top down on the T-Bird and taking drives to no where in particular, doing some insurance work, shopping at the local Goodwill (we got some great buys!), watching the Euro Cup soccer tournament in Europe, with the final this Sunday,  and for me some mountain biking on the trail behind the house.   That pretty much sums up the last 7 days.  Nothing spectacular, but supremely rewarding, and enjoyable.

We are getting the itch to move on, in fact I have had the itch for a week now.  I've been reorganizing the trailer, and have removed a number of items from both the trailer, and our basement storage areas that we have not pulled out to use ONE time on our journey, so I say, what is the point of hauling these items around and further?   In addition, we will probably leave our recumbent tadpole trikes here at my sister's home until we return next summer, as I do not foresee us using them much in the next 12 months.  Why, you ask?  Well, we will be in the eastern half of the US from October until we cross back over the Continental Divide about this time next summer.  There really just are not many places in the east with long bike paths.  Elaine prefers to ride the trikes on bike paths separated from the roads, and highways.  So, at any rate, we will have a little extra weight (about 300 lbs), and more room to store the things we do use on a regular basis.  I have moved some things from the trailer to the basement storage area of the coach, making the trailer a little less congested.  In addition, Elaine has reorganized, again, the interior storage areas, and created more space.

The weather here in Spokane has begun to warm up, and with the lone exception of this past Tuesday when it rained all day, the temps have been in the mid to high 70's.  Nevertheless, we are heading to Coupeville on Whidbey Island next week where the weather is still in the 50's and 60's, which will not hurt my!  As we see reports from around the country of triple digit record setting temperatures we are grateful to be here in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is exactly what I expected when we decided to spend a large part of the summer here.

Tomorrow will mark the end of our 5th month on the road......yea!!!!!  Between now and October 1st when we set in for our two months at Amazon in Campbellsville, KY we will be on the move a lot, adding over 2500 miles to our odometer reading, and new adventures......we will be exploring the Olympic Peninsula, the Oregon Coast, traveling across Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, etc. on our way back to Kentucky.

We have enjoyed our month plus in Spokane, but really are looking forward to moving again, and changing our view every few days.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


  1. Hi Clarke and Elaine,I love to see your progress and thanks for sharing your adventures. It reminds me so much of the trip Rod and I took across the country in 2010. We did like you just took our time and stay wherever we wanted for as long as we wanted. We will always cherish that trip as I know you two will too.

    After all of that traveling we came to the conclusion that the Northwest is definitely the most beautiful. Although, we fell in love with the Oregon and Northern California coast lines.

    Take care.

    Sharon Hall

  2. Hi Sharon! Thank you for following our blog. We too love the Oregon Coast, as well as the Northern California Coast....we have driven most of Highway 1 over the years....many of the miles in our motorhome.

  3. Hi Elaine & Clarke,

    We're looking forward to your next adventures, now that you're well rested. It's so nice to be able to live vicariously through travel/nomad blogs.

    We, too, are getting that itch to hit the open road. My nephew is marrying in Denver in late Oct., so we just might make a partial Rte. 66 venture enroute, and get back to Tucumcari, NM, which we've been dreaming about for a while, now.

    Happy, safe travels!

    Karen & Krash