Usually my vacations go rather quick and when it comes to the end it feels like it has just begun but with this trip that doesn’t hold true. I think back to that first night in Pittsburgh and the open road and the miles that await me. It was the first night I had slept in my car and was a bit nervous mostly because I wanted to make sure I was going to be able to live and sleep out of my car for the next 2 months. Sleeping in my car has turned out better than I expected the one night I just spent at friends in Florida I slept better in my car than in their bed. You would think it would be very uncomfortable but I have my routine down to a tee and I usually only wake up once or twice a night. I have to say the worse part of sleeping in the car is getting up the next morning. At the time the morning arrives which for me is usually been around 8:30 the car is a bit warm and the sun is peaking through every crack that isn’t covered up. It takes me a few minutes but let’s be honest I’m not rolling out to go to work instead I’ve been headed on a morning hike through Yellowstone or on to the next state and in this morning case I’ll be on the beach in Jacksonville before 12 crashing in the cool Atlantic Waves.
I have to mention a reoccurring dream I have been having and it’s one that really makes me jump. I have had 3 of them and usually it will start off with me at my desk or last night I was sliding the screen door to the patio to tell everyone I was home back at 66 plum. The thing that catches me off guard about the dream is that I realize that I skip from Mississippi or Florida straight back to NY and realize I’ve missed the last part of my trip. Lucky for me I wasn’t back at my desk in Ossining working on the next job to fill but still in the focus with the East Coast ahead of me. I wonder what the trick is for grade school kids to learn how to spell their state I s I s I p I it’s a big one? The dreams always make me realize to appreciate the time I have left as I have from the beginning because in less than 10 days I will be back in NY thinking that I wish I was back on the road. As I have grown older I always think to myself when your 25 you will wish you were 20 and 30 wish you were 25 but we can’t get years back but only appreciate the ones we have. All we can do is live every day to the fullest and if you want to do something than do it! Life has a way of creeping up on you and before you know it we all be old and just talking rather than doing saying I wish I could have done that or done this. Speaking of which I’ve always wanted to learn kite boarding and being at the ripe age of creeping into mid 30’s I may be past my prime but I’ll get it done.
Throughout my entire trip one thing has always remained constant and that is the responses I get from people after giving them a taste of my trip. Whether it’s a friend, a dealer at the casino or some random cashier in a Wal-Mart the expression on their face and the response is always the same. Usually I’m on the other end of these conversations but this was my chance to tell people where I have been and what I have done and not once have I gotten your crazy or don’t do that. I always try and take some extra time to appreciate the simple things whether it’s the water, a sunset or even the next hand or throw of the dice saying “crazy you’re throwing the dice in Gulfport, Miss or look at that skyline”. I realize this will most likely be one of my biggest trips but hopefully it will just be the beginning to some more trips and experiences in the future. It’s August 1st and it seems like I left 6 months ago and the funny thing is I had to go look to see what day it was. I always remember in summer as young kid not knowing what day it was because I never knew, a Monday was a Thursday and a Friday a Sunday. At that time the only thing I asked especially was if it was a pool day or not.
I think I’ll try and give everyone a glimpse of my life in the car after I get this blog posted as usually that is one of the question’s I get asked the most. It’s funny some stuff I have in my car I haven’t used since I left as others I can’t live without. Still haven’t seen to many NY state license plates and I’m already in Florida but the count is under 10. Only 10 NY state plates! I guess people from NY don’t like to travel and if they do they are flying!. I hit 95 North yesterday outside of Daytona which is a bit of a wake up that the trip is coming to a close. As I was driving on 95 I looked and realized the car next to me was trying to get my attention it was an older guy with Georgia plates and a beat up car but was holding up his Yankee hat. Even though I’m not a huge baseball fan let alone a Yankee fan I gave him a Thumbs up which he got a chuckle out of. I still have 95 and the East Coast to tackle and although it will probably go quick I’ll appreciate every mile look forward to seeing an old friend and hitting a lot more beaches. Well it’s about 10:30 and I think it’s time to head to the beach…..