Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Journey

                To make this incredible move we decided the most economical and efficient way was to get a trailer that we could pack our stuff in but that would also serve as a home while we got settled on our land and decided what and when to build.  Super D did an awesome job of finding a very large 5 wheel trailer that he fixed up to fit out needs. 
Super D filling up in Colorado

The journey to get to our land in Missouri took 3 days of actual driving but the trip took a week.  We pulled out of Colorado late one Saturday morning we had a truck pulling a 40 foot trailer and two cars with three drivers.  Super D's best friend from Missouri flew to Denver to help us get moved and drive for us.  Plus he was the muscle that was needed for the move where I couldn’t be of any help.  We could not have made this move without him.  We packed everything we could into the trailer but of course you can not fit a 2000 sq. foot house into a 300 sq. foot trailer.  We had to leave quite a bit of furniture and things behind even after months of purging and getting rid of things right up to the end.  When we pulled out there was room in our black carfor a driver and nothing else!  Mr. R (Super D's friend) drove that car and Sugarbug and I took the lead in the white car with the trunk and back seat packed.  The 2 dogs were in the front seat with Sugarbug.
Packed to the gills!

                We didn’t even make it a block when Super D pulled to the side because Mr. R couldn’t get the black car started.  Apparently the battery was dead.  Go Figure.  So I turned around to take Super D to the house. There was no turning the trailer around!  But this delay was best as it gave us one more chance to say goodbye to Grandma S who had pulled up right when we left.  It was a sad goodbye and we were off.

                Our trip was slow. We had a caravan me leading, Super D in the middle, and Mr. R following. Our top speed was about 55 mph.  We head east and all is well.  We make steady progress and on our way to Colorado boarder we have a blow out.  Super D pulls off safely and the boys make pretty quick work of changing the tire on the side of the road.  We pull into Burlington about 2 hours before dark.  Here the boys check for a tire store that may be able to put a tire on a rim. We have the tires but only one more still on a rim.  But being about 6ish and Saturday no one is open.  We decide to go on and get as far as we can before dark.  Super D doesn’t want to drive in the dark much.  We make it to Oakley KS. and turn in for the night.  We are all tired and ready for a break. It has been a stressful couple days getting ready and stressful day of driving.  But thankfully the hotel we stay at has a pool and hot tub!  Sugarbug goes swimming while I soak the stress away and the boys go to find food.  Ahh.
My View for 1000 miles :)

                The next day we really want to get a new tire before going on but realize its Sunday everything is closed.  Oakley is a pretty small town.  Plus there are high wind warnings for the area and Super D isn’t looking forward to driving in that.  So we decide to stay a day and relax.  We check in for another day and take a good long nap in the afternoon.  Monday we wake refreshed early and ready to go.  We hit the road and head for Oklahoma.  The goal is to make it to Oklahoma to visit my Mom and Grandma.  As travel is good and as Super D gains confidence in the truck and how well it is handling we all start to relax a bit.  We pull into Oklahoma about 8:30 driving in the dark isn’t much fun much less through a huge city with our caravan.  We finally make it to my mom’s where Super D takes up all the curbside in front of my mom’s house.  Our big trailer barely fits.  Her streets are so narrow once a car parks on the side of the street only one car can drive the road at a time.  We look like the circus pulling in!  But we made in one piece and are happy to be there.  My wonderful mom has food ready for my hungry crowd. 
Pit stop
Just pulled into Oklahoma.  Had to stand across the parking lot to fit all in picture!

                Apparently we made some of my mom’s neighbors nervous we were here for good.  The second night in Oklahoma the police show up to ask about the trailer.  Someone had called about us parking there.  But he informed us that we just had to move it every twenty four hours and since we were leaving in a day we were fine.   I don’t think the police officer was very worried about it at all. He even told us that moving it every 24 hours could just mean pulling it forward 2 inches.  I thought it was pretty funny.  I’m sure her neighbors sighed a sigh of relief when we pulled out. 

                We spend the next three day’s sleeping in, checking the truck, and visiting family.  It was a great short visit before we head on. We still have one more full day of driving to reach Missouri.  Normally a 5 hour trip but our slow going caravan is going to take 8 hours.  From Oklahoma to Missouri we have one more blow out that the boys are prepared for and fix in a flash.  The first one happened on the side of a two lane highway that wasn’t very busy this one on a 4 lane interstate.  I was much more nervous about it with cars and semis zipping past.  Thankfully we were by an exit so we had a little more room but Super D being ever calm was steadfast and they fixed it in record time.  
                We pull into Missouri and onto the dirt road to our land at 6:30.  We can’t just pull onto our land as there is a ditch between the road and the land.  Now what?
Sugarbug and Dogs on Land

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