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A moving experience

Post #1216 • July 29, 2008, 2:18 PM • 11 Comments

Movers come tomorrow afternoon, and while just having done this a year ago and again a year before that will make the process a bit easier, I'm still looking at some choice packing over the next 24 hours. But unlike when we were on the road last year, I plan to keep on blogging. We acquired a 32-foot Class A camper, a 1995 Fleetwood Flair with low mileage (although I'm about to go duct-tape the fresh crack in the coolant resevoir). We are about to get a special antenna that can pick up any wireless signal within eight miles and assign its own IP address to it, which will give us Internet access as long as we're not in the utter boonies. A run hell-bent for leather up to Edmonton from here would take 26 hours, which we plan to split up over twenty days, taking the long way up the coast and making art all the way. I quartered thirty sheets of watercolor paper for the trip.

We have a sign for the camper with a quote from G.K. Chesterson: "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."

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opie

July 29, 2008, 3:38 PM

Send photos of the sights.

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1

July 29, 2008, 4:17 PM

on the road again.

hunched over this desk pounding out paper work until 8:30pm after taking part in a constant onslaught of phone calls that start at 7:30am, i am so jealous. smell those roses.

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Chris Rywalt

July 29, 2008, 4:43 PM

It sounds like fun, and also insanity.

If you find some place to settle down, let me know. I could use a camper.

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Nantucket Art

July 30, 2008, 3:05 AM

Have a safe trip!!

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beware

July 31, 2008, 5:32 AM

Keep on Truckin' . If your ever in the mood for a Sunday pot roast with all the fixin's feel free to stop by.

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beWare

July 31, 2008, 8:09 AM

you're . sorry

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Jack

July 31, 2008, 9:46 AM

Just declare your trip a work of art, Franklin. If you explain it well enough in writing, somebody's bound to give you a grant or something.

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ahab

August 2, 2008, 2:47 PM

I drove the long way up the Pacific coast with my family about this time last summer. We camped a couple nights along the coast between Frisco and the Oregon/Washington border. I envy your slower pace - there's a week's worth of sights, scenes and settings to take in during any given hour of that trip.

As fantastic as my first experience of that section of the Pacific coast was, I mst say I was almost as awed returning through the Canadian Rockies, even though I've been to Jasper a hundred times. From the Golden Gate Bridge, to the ceaselessly crushing ocean waves, to the walls of wood that are the redwoods, to the imposing grey and green of the Rockies, the whole drive is an exercise in sublime scale.

Eminently blogworthy though the trip was, I neglected to post about it; so, I hope you'll make good and allow us the vicarious experience of your travels.

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opie

August 2, 2008, 3:03 PM

This land is made for you and me...

Tra la

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jordan massengale

August 4, 2008, 1:39 AM

Enjoy the trip - the scenery is sublime ! Looking forward to seeing the watercolors... in the meanwhile, I will be painting my pregnant fiance for the next 8 months as I am going to be a daddy for the first time !
What kind of milage is considered "low " on the Fleetwood ? What is the general gas price around over there in the West ?

All the best !

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John S

August 4, 2008, 1:39 PM

congrats Jordan!

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