2 years living full-time on the road with “Eldo”our Jeep and “Rado” our van.
June 9th, 2017, we checked out of the North Carolina Hampton Inn that had been our “home” for a three-month work assignment. Since then, we have been proudly, happily, and voluntarily… homeless. Early on we realized that “home” is a conceptual idea anyway. We had houses, mortgages, gardens, coffee tables, and picket fences. We had full “time-clock” careers. We had the security of a familiar bed, a locked front door, steady direct deposited pay checks, cell phones, mailboxes, and friends and family always just minutes away. Looking back, all those things led up to this day.
We set out that day with a vague plan and even vaguer destination. That’s how we roll. Plans and maps, like the road lanes in Morocco… are just suggestions. We’ve made more impulsive last second right turns, left highways for dirt roads, and slept in more places that we didn’t know existed, than we can keep track of. We had an amazing drive across the southern USA… from Florida to California. We spent six hot, humid, and buggy months driving from Mexico to Panama. There were five frigid weeks living entirely in the Jeep as we explored every open road in Iceland. Western Europe from the tip top north of Denmark to the southernmost Port of Spain, across the Straights of Gibraltar through Morocco and down to Western Sahara is now in the rear-view mirror.
Two years in and there is no end in sight. The world is both larger… and yet smaller than imagined. Those concepts of time and home and life become your own once you begin writing your own rules and drawing your own maps. Borders just become bureaucratic formality. People you meet stop being cultural curiosities and become more human. We are trying to take fewer pictures and live more in the moment.
So far, there has been no nirvana discovered. No promised land home comings. No cities of gold across the border. It can be painfully cold and hot out here. The roads can be bumpy and dusty. The traffic can be downright insane and terrifying. Night-time can be full of strange sounds and sleepless. Our nerves can get rattled and our clothes can get filthy. But, that list pales in comparison to the feeling of discovery… both internal and external we get out here. Two years in… no end in sight…. and Home has now become Where We Park Eldo!
Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Faroe Islands), Iceland, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, USA, England, France, Spain, Portugal (Azores), Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Andorra, Morocco (Western Sahara). North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Washington DC