My day to day routine of late has been a fog. I feel like I have been just dragging through the work day, and my other responsibilities, while simultaneously watching the weeks and months of 2014 fly by.
I haven’t been writing anything but a comment here or there, and barely even finding time to read my (overloaded) blog roll. So many inspiring bloggers and topics, and still nothing moved me to put pen to paper.
The weight of the job, household chores, spending time with Mom, dealing with the aftermath of a totaled car, all of it has been overwhelming, with no end in sight. Like many corporate drones, I really enjoy having something out of the ordinary, out of the routine, to look forward to. We recently took a long weekend away to attend an annual event with my husband’s siblings and their significant others, affectionately known as our ‘Outlaw reunion”; but even though we had a great time, and put about 1000 miles on the bikes to get there and back, still I couldn’t break out of the fog.
My saving graces have been time with my husband (although precious little due to our schedules), getting out on the motorcycles now and then, and yoga. The yoga has been a time commitment too, but in the best possible way. I am getting stronger, calmer, and starting to be able to quiet my monkey mind. (monkey reference for Mindy, my yogi guru!) Learning to meditate is helping too. I really have only started this journey to connecting mind, body and soul, even though I have done yoga on and off for many years, I feel I am on the right path now.
While these things have and continue to enrich my life, it was something else that brought me out of the fog: A plan for our vacation in September.
Such a simple thing, but it brought the distant future into view, keeping me motivated and moving toward the light.
You see, the hub and I have a roughly two year plan to escape the rat race and free ourselves to be who we will be in the next phase of our lives.
What does that have to do with the plan for our vacation in September?
Our two year plan is to dot all the i’s, cross all the t’s, then quit our jobs, buy an RV and an enclosed trailer for the bikes, and tour this beautiful country. We plan to visit the places of our dreams, take tons of pictures, and write about our adventures and misadventures. We plan to travel on our schedule, and spend as much time as we like to explore so many bucket list destinations, as well as, the journey in between. Our plan is not to sell everything and RV full time, but to come and go from our home base as we please.
We have been planning a trip from Georgia to the Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise area of Canada for this fall; however we were planning to ride the entire trip on the bikes. Even for long distance riders, this is a major undertaking, and we would spend most of our time off from work getting there and back. We discussed renting an RV, so we could do a test run, but all the rental agencies we checked did not allow towing of any vehicle or trailer AT ALL.
Well, leave it to my darling husband to keep looking and finally find a rental company that does allow towing. YAY! From the first conversation we had about the possibility of doing our RTR, I had emerged from my fog! 😀
RTR = Retirement Test Ride
We wanted to rent an RV in the size range that we thought we would want to eventually buy, and it turns out the 27’ C class is only available in 5 cities in the US. No sweat, it turns out that Denver is one of those cities. Hub’s suggestion was to drive our truck and open trailer to Denver, and pick up the preferred RV there, saving literally thousands of rental miles on the RV and getting us there in a day or two. Brilliant! This will allow us to take in the Beartooth Highway in Montana on our way to Canada, and give us infinitely more time to explore Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and the surrounding area.
So, now the planning begins in earnest. Planning, dreaming, and scheming. We can’t wait!
PS: Since I started writing this, I also found out a motorcycle boot review I had written was just published by Women Riders Now…so that post actually beat this one to the punch. What a way to start a long weekend! Woohoo!