Packing up and heading out...
Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
54Trip End Jun 14, 2011
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April 3- Leave Chico, we will be traveling along the Southern United States with our little Teardrop trailer in tow for about 5 weeks and then will be boarding the Norwegian Epic in Miami on May 7. The trip to across the Atlantic will take 12 days with one stop in Ponta del Gado, Azores and ending in Barcelona. From Barcelona we're off to Frankfurt to meet my sister, brother-in-law and new nephew Max in Ludwigshafen, about 40 miles south of Frankfurt. James has family there and we are so looking forward to exploring while we are in the area for about 2 weeks. The next phase is not totally set but the thought is to spend some time visiting Rome on our way to Athens where we will be for a few days before traveling to Crete to bask in the sun and take in the sites and lifestyle of those living on Greece's largest and most populous isle which was the first civilization in Europe. After that its just back to Athens and then back to California. All and all about 10 weeks of navigating land, sea and air...exciting!
Of course we want to see it all and do it all and really who would I be if it wasn't top of my list to eat it all!? But of course that's not totally reasonable, although in order to do this in the first place one has to somewhat put reason on hold. Anyway, to make this what it can be and possibly make these entries more interesting (are you even still reading at this point?) we would love suggestions of any kind. Take a look at the map and if you've been to, read about, seen a show on, eaten, drank or dreamt about something that you feel we should be aware of please let us know. We won't be able to put school and work and family...basically life...on hold forever but we are all about making the most out of this experience while we can. And truly our family and friends have helped
immensely to make this possible so why not have a say in how this story goes?
But first things first...we have to get the heck out of California! While MapQuest was especially upset we chose not to take I-5 (been there, done that) we instead hit Hwy 99 and took that South. As we have the trailer anyway, and no extreme sense of urgency the jaunt through little towns filled with vinyards and orchards has been refreshing and fairly entertaining. I think we'd be singing a different tune (loudly and off key of course) if weather was worse or we were stuck in traffic, but crusing through places where I left my heart on the soccer field has been a fun trip down memory lane and has kept the conversation up as we discuss those moments which we each weren't around to be a part of. I may have given Derek the impresision that girls competive soccer is one step down from the Hunger Games saga but oh well...
As it's our longest drive of the whole trip of course there becomes a point where you think, "did my legs used to straighten?" and when night comes things get a bit less interesting but with Satellite radio, you can stop being the entertaining one and put the pressure on someone else, and eventually we made it to our destination...Walmart! Its true Wally's World while potentially practicing unfair labor laws allows for people to stay overnight and we we're happy to do so. We rolled into Las Vegas at the point in the night where I'm sure those on the strip who were losing big had probably had enough to drink that they couldnt care less while tempting instead we waved to it as we rolled on by and went to set up camp. 30 minutes of being distracted by the overwhelmingly thorough camping section at the largest Walmart we've seen (which will surely change as we move East) we settled in, tucked into our little corner near a pop-up trailer and a motor home and called it a night.