As we are progressing through our walk across America, I’m finding that there are just some things you really couldn’t have planned for. You may have thought about it, researched it, but until you are out there and experiencing it, you really can’t know how to handle certain variables that spring up from day-to-day. That must be why the Marines coined the phrase, “improvise, adapt, overcome”.
Some examples of this are the topography (rugged terrain, hard to simulate in Michigan), heat, exhaustion, foot pain (didn’t happen until this week), oh and the bugs. Kate mentioned that we learned a lot about the RV since we left, and I agree. Little things like trying to prevent ants from entering our home. Yep, we got them in Oceanside. The little guys must have thought they would get a good meal in our RV and formed a line to get in. It led from a nearby shrub bed to one of the leveling jacks that was deployed and touching the ground. Marching in single file, they entered one at a time. By the time we noticed, there had to be hundreds of them in the RV. We did our research, found out how to keep them out, and more importantly, how to exterminate the unwanted guests once they are in. Lesson learned.
As we proceed inland and the days go by, we feel like we are making progress. It is slower than expected, but again, we are facing some new challenges that were somewhat anticipated, but not 100% accounted for. Because of that, we are not yet getting our estimated 20 miles in per day. We hope to be getting in that daily mileage once the terrain levels out and the heat dissipates, which should be this week. The good thing is that we are not on a specific timeline, however, from a cost standpoint, we cannot drag on this project for too long for obvious reasons. Budgets are budgets after all.
We are finding some real cool items that have been lost or discarded on the sides of roads. Some are commonplace, some are very bizarre. We have decided to save these items, well at least the ones that are safe to touch, and by the time we are finished, we should be able to start a roadside museum of lost stuff. Here is a partial list of what we have found so far:
- A single die as in dice
- A domino
- Men’s underwear (designer brand)
- A shoe and a flip-flop (not that uncommon, but we only found one of each)
- Half of a spoon
- Men’s shorts (must be the same guy who lost his underwear)
- A 1990’s computer monitor
- A used diaper
- A military ID
- Someone’s debit card
Additionally, we found a few dimes along the way, which is a story in and of itself that I will share at a later date.
We are currently staying in Desert Hot Springs (aptly named as it is in the desert, is freaking hot, and there are mineral springs here), and plan to move our camp in a few days towards Blythe, CA, and the Arizona border. It should take a few weeks to get to the border and I will be a happy man, for various reasons, once they reach that point.
Thanks for reading this update and following along. We are just getting started and there is much more to come.
Peace and love to all!