Where to start, where to start. We have been on the road for officially 1 week today. It honestly seems like we left a months ago because of: 1. lack of sleep 2. time zone changes 3. unexpected events 4. traveling around 1,500 miles in separate cars. Well, I guess I should start with the night we pulled out of our previous house in West Virginia. Let me tell you that Jake and I both woke up that day nervous wrecks, not because of the traveling, but because of how much we still had to downsize and pack. We did it though! We successfully fit all of our belongings, 1 cats, 2 dogs and ourselves into a small trailer, my SUV and the back cab of Jake’s truck! We, by we I mean Jake, also pulled the house out of the drive way, up the incline of the road and out of Buffalo Lake as smooth as I have ever seen anyone drive!
We woke up the next morning and took the house to be weighed. We were under the towing capacity for the truck, so we were ready to hit the open road!
The First Week of Traveling
- Number of New Cars: 1
- Number of Flat Tires: 1
- Number of time we missed a potentially dangerous natural disaster due to the above circumstances: 1
- If not for the car overheating and the flat tire delaying us 1 day, we would have been in Sioux Falls, South Dakota when they had a flash flood. This flood caused cars to float away and many roads to be closed. Thank god. See, everything happens for a reason. We arrive in Sioux Falls the day after the flood and it was beautiful!
- Places we have slept:
- Ranking of rest stops from best to worst, by state:
- South Dakota…this state is last because, while the have clean bathrooms, they did not allow trucks or RVs to stay more than 3 hours at a time. So, no sleeping at rest stops in this state folks.
- Nebraska…I did not include this one in the rating system, because we were only in the state for a short stretch and did not use a rest area.
- Places we have visited:
- Types of wildlife we have encountered:
- Prairie Dogs….I must have not uploaded my pictures of these, but they are adorable and everywhere. Jake also informed me that farmers have a special vacuum tool to suck them up out of their holes, because cattle trip in their holes and get injured/die. I hate this fact.
- Big Horn Sheep
- Mountain Goats…I don’t know where this picture is either.
- Deer. You know what deer look like.
- Wild Horses
- Number of times I have smacked my head off of the ceiling in the bedroom: 5
- Things I have ate that I never thought I would. And actually liked them: 1
- Number of states we have traveled through: 7
- The crazy animals:
- Number of bags of dog food we got for free and lost: 1
- Number of wonderfully kind people we have met: too many to count.
- From the lovely lady mentioned above, to truckers helping us with routes, to couples at the RV parks with information of things to see, to a couple loaning us their “grade” book so we could pick our “pass” into Kalispell, to the kind man who gave us a pressure water gauge “because I have another”. Everyone has been so nice and very inquisitive about the house! I will say this…the farther west we get the more people know what a tiny house is!!
We are leaving our restful 3 days at the KOA in Spearfish, South Dakota tomorrow morning. We hope to be in Kalispell by the weekend! Until next time!