Eastbound-Westbound

We took our new-to-us Roadtrek on its first 4,000-mile test trip from Colorado to the East Coast (specifically Virginia and New Jersey) and back to Colorado.  You know, just a little spin around America. We had a few purposes, mainly to visit our family, friends and Virginia storage unit.  But we also wanted to see…

Midwest Tour Recap/Visits

Our Te Araroa speaking tour took us through the Midwest, somehow magically without any winter weather. All 4 stops–Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis & Kansas City–were awesome. We both love, love, love standing up in front of people and educating them about our passions and adventures. But I think the thing I enjoy even more is…

Bye Bye Colorado … Again

Earlier this week, we left Colorado and landed on the East Coast, specifically in Virginia. I am long overdue for a post on our current and future plans, but unless you want some nonsensical words strung together, you get a smattering of pictures from the rest of our time in Colorado. J’s youngest sister has…

Currently: March

We’ve been on the road since Feb. 24, but we will be completing the final leg today to settle in Oregon for the next 7 months!  Before we do, I figured I’d squeeze in a last-minute March edition of “Currently.” I enjoyed sharing “Currently” last month and maybe I will make it a regular part…

Midway Through America

We left Danville, VA, March 14 and are still in the Midwest. Those head winds, tail winds and side winds are really strong with the kayaks on top, forcing us to go slowly … and we are certainly not finding spring here.  Okay, the truth is, we were purposely taking our time across the US.…

In Search of Some Spring

Voting is still open through the end of March for the Montana contest … come on people, don’t you want to see us get to Montana??? We are nowhere close to winning and need your votes!!  http://mtcontest.backpacker.com/hopefuls/patrice-justin Well, we have finished our East Coast stint.  J & I had decided before heading to these parts…

Driving ‘Murica

I suppose this could be in the interest of “Throwback Thursday,” but J & I are always reflecting on the awesome summer we had and I realized I never shared some of the best scenes from the road. When you drive 30,000 miles through 37 states over the course of 5 months, you are bound…

Christmas in Chicago

We have spent a number of Christmases with my family, but with that niece and nephew getting older and outgrowing the jolly obese guy in a red suit, we are switching sides. Especially because there’s this guy (nephew on J’s side) and he has lots of years to believe in S. Claus. Lil E definitely…

Thanks and giving

Cliche or not, I would like to jump on the bandwagon (albeit a few days too late) and tell you what I am most thankful for this year. Well, besides the obvious thankfulness for surviving my blood clots in my lungs, that is. I am most thankful for y’all. This summer while we traversed the…

Recovery

Have no fear, I am on the mend. At first, it was slowly. Too slow for my liking. It is not easy, nor fun, to go from 90 MPH to 5 MPH. But, this week has been a new week and every day I feel a little better. J said he is almost ready to…

Eastbound

Our Colorado time culminated with a James Buuuuffet concert. My 5th, J’s 14th. One of the main reasons I go to JB is for the tailgating entertainment. Plus, Jamie/SIL Adventure and Rachel/DocDoc had never been, so taking newbies is always a treat. Since they had to work (damn those people with real jobs), we couldn’t…