I would like to begin with gratitude for everyone and everything that have helped us to get this far. We are thankful for our wonderful family and friends who have assisted in even the tiniest of ways, from simply supporting our decision to travel and sharing in our excitement, to those who have recommended their favorite places across the country and tips for how to get by, and especially those that crawled under our car in chilly temperatures to install the hitch.
We are particularly grateful for everything Ryan's parents have done for us, whose kindness and generosity have been integral in our success. Without them we would be living in a parking lot without a car. It wouldn't be pretty.
It is not lost on us how fortunate we are to be setting out on an adventure like this. While we have made this trip our priority and have worked very hard to get here, we also acknowledge how fortunate and lucky we have been. Thank you to everybody who has played even the smallest role in helping us!
We are officially one week into a fresh chapter of our lives, having moved out of our apartment in Chicago last Monday, putting most of our belongings into a storage space and now living out of our camper in the driveway of Ryan's parents.
On top of the usual moving stresses, it has been a lot of hurry up and wait with the preparations for our car and with getting the camper de-winterized and ready for the road. We have gone from knowing very little and having spent a minimal amount of time with the camper, to being elbow deep in the workings of things like the water pump and the German-controlled computer that powers every aspect of our car.
The transition has been bittersweet, bidding farewell to our dear friends and colleagues while at the same time eagerly anticipating our grand adventure. It has been a lot of work, both mentally and physically, but we are ready and it will all be worthwhile.
Even though we thought we would be on the road by now, this is not a setback. Every extra day we spend preparing is an extra day we can travel and we are fortunate to have it in a place where we can run a hose from the house and pop into the hardware store when needed as opposed to being stuck out in the desert somewhere, millions of miles from a water hookup or a hardware store, and certainly without an address to which we can have parts from Amazon delivered.