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In the beginning

The what and why

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A number of people have asked why take 12 months off work and school and why travel around the USA. Well since this is the first real post (the others were tests to see how the blog works and how you are notified of new posts) I will give a bit of background.

About 2 years ago Ronnie and I were commenting about how fast Alyssa was growing and how the years were flying by when we asked each other, what would we do if we had 12 months off work. The quick answer from both of us was drive an RV around the USA seeing as many National parks as possible. So I guess that was the start of the dream. Well not long after we were having morning tea with friends Richard and Dianne at our place and we started talking through the dream. Their comment was why not try and visit every state of the USA during that time, effectively a state per month. That was basically dream 2.0. It was quickly decided though that carting a 10 yo to every state in a relatively short period of time would be quite difficult and a little boring with the amount of travel on highways, so we decided to try and see things at a bit slower place.

Anyways, long story short, we thought about hiring an RV for the first 6 months but a bit of research showed that hiring an RV in winter wasn't ideal as the pipes can freeze and explode if in freezing conditions and since we still planned to see a number of National parks (many at high elevations), this plan was abandoned for safety reasons.

So here we are at dream 4.0 I guess. We basically have the first 2 months planned, but nothing booked after that. So we leave tomorrow, flying from Townsville to Brisbane on the early 5.55am flight and then to Los Angeles at lunchtime. Stayed tuned for more updates and let us know your thoughts on the trip and places you think we should see or not miss.

Nick, Ronnie and Alyssa

Posted by V3USA 19:55 Archived in Australia

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Have a fantastic time guys - travel safe and remember to add lots of photo's to make us wildly jealous. :)

by Kate Hutchinson

if you get the chance, check out the small dessert town of Wickenburg outside of Phoenix, Arizona.......& if you can go as remote as you can in the dessert at night (without getting lost!) you'll see more stars than you ever have....well maybe than Alyssa has ever seen. If in summer, watch for rattlesnakes & scorpions. Winter is cold but nice & fresh & normally sunny days

by Tanya

Brilliant concept Nick and Ronnie. We did a two week rv trip ( not quite as good as 12months!) on the west coast and I bought a bike there I have ridden Moab Utah on 3 separate trips now . Obviously you will stay south for the first part of your adventure I guess, although my first ride at Moab was in Feb just as the snow was clearing.also did my last trip around that time in St George Utah. Look up "mtn bike buddies " in St George . I' m pretty sure his name is Jim a friendly knowledgeable host and guide. There is so much to see everywhere , have fun and feel free to ask when you get there.

by Haydn

Go safely guys, have a great experience and I look forward to your updates as they come through. Life is for living and you 3 are on that line right now. Enjoy.

Cheers

Gennesse

by Gennesse Beadman

Yey. It's finally here. Safe travels

by Julie Hunn

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