Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Roadrunner Reflections: It Became Real 4 Years Ago

I was talking with Pam yesterday and it was exactly four years ago that we put our 'bricks and sticks' house on the market.  After about three years of planning and dreaming and answering every "What if…" question we could think of -- we put the house on the market.

Now four years later, we are completely glad we did it.  We have no regrets, no misgivings, no 'we shoulda, coulda, woulda…" moments.  This lifestyle is for us.  It works for us.  And we are completely grateful.  We are thankful.  We love doing this.  We love this kind of life.  We look forward to what next week, next month, next year brings.

It seems like it has been longer since the ball got rolling but it has only been four years.  Hopefully there will be 14 more or 24 whatever.  For us, for right now --- this is what we are glad to be doing and we can't think of anything else that fits.

Four years ago, we had plans:  when we sell the house, then we can quit work, buy a motor home, become residents of South Dakota, etc etc.  To our surprise, our house sold in four days.  We got a contract on April 18 and finished negotiations the next day.

We thought, wow!  This is really going to happen!  Being project manager, I put those skills to work, as in  the 'Project Execution' Phase…

It seemed like a whirl wind.  We contacted the motor home seller, picked a date a week after the house closed in May and set up the purchase date.  We made reservations for Sioux Falls, SD and flew there.  We spent three days there, became residents, then went back to Fairfax VA to finish off our downsizing.

Meanwhile, I let folks know at work that I was going to 'retire' and go to 'Part Time On Call' status which is working for the company with an hourly wage but no benefits.  (Which has worked out great!)

Also, Adam was living downtown in Washington DC and Kelly was finishing up her Masters degree at VCU in Richmond the first part of May.  Then Kelly and Pam drove a U-Haul to Texas where Kelly was moving to live and work.

It was busy times and exciting times for us!

Looking back and remembering all the planning and scheduling and research and budgeting we did to move to Fulltimer status RVers ~ It was one of the most satisfying 'projects' I (we) have managed.  It was not without its share of surprises (what project doesn't have those) and challenges.  But the transition went pretty well.

So as I look back a few years ago, I am excited about where we have been and what the future holds.

Another 'Melancholy Moment' from the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Thanks for joining us and being a part of our journey with us...

18 comments:

  1. Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? Going on six years for us...

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. Wow - it goes right by doesn't it? Hopefully we will meet up one day...

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  2. Congratulations! It's a great life, isn't it?
    Safe travels and we hope to bump into you again.
    Fred

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    1. Yes - and to you too. We look forward to it!

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  3. I would love to do that, but Dennis isn't on the same page...He needs his house..I could easily live on the road for a while...But it's almost too late anyway. Den is 71..not sure how much longer I want to ride with him...JUST KIDDING!!

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    1. The great thing is that there are so many ways to do the RV thing. A week, month, a few months… lots of choices.

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  4. You said it so well! It is definitely a wonderful life! Here's hoping we all have as many more years as we desire!

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  5. Congrats on four years. It is a lifestyle that can be enjoyed for a long time:)

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    1. Yes - we see a lot of folks out here that have been at it a long time and hope to do the same!

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  6. Congratulations to the both of you.
    I can't believe it's been 4 years already.
    I can still remember the day we came to visit you guys up in the park in Fairfax.

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    1. Yes - the was an exciting time! And I remember meeting you two at the LOW conference in Harrisburg! Looking forward to crossing paths again!

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  7. If it doesn't feel like four years it's because you're really enjoying yourselves. Here's to many many more years on the road.

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    1. Thanks! Appreciate your many comments over the years!

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  8. We are about to complete our 12th year. It's been great, but we've decided that it's time to put down some roots, so we've bought a home in FL and will move into it this fall.

    Really glad you're still enjoying the lifestyle. For us, it's been great!!

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    1. Congratulations! Wow - that is great! What a lot of stories there I'll bet. Where in FL?

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  9. Congrats on your success. 15 months for us and it seems like yesterday in some ways. We can not see going back.

    Safe Travels and Happy Days.

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  10. Oh my, how time flies. We started reading your blog right around the sale of your home. You gave us lots of tips and inspired us (we started fulltiming about 1 1/2 years after your start). We wish you many more enjoyable years on the road. Congratulations!

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