What can I say, she was a great Beaver, sometimes a BAD Beaver and now she’s a Buffalo Beaver.
We sold our bus yesterday in Buffalo NY to a great couple that has some cool trips ahead of them in a great bus. It was sad to see the old girl go but it was time. We had planned on driving her back all the way to Alaska but heck, it’s a lot of miles. We figured a flight back would be cheaper than the cost of diesel and campgrounds. These days it’s all about saving what money we have left. Plans change and that’s ok.
We were actually quite shocked at how much stuff we had accumulated in such a short time. We flew south from Anchorage, Alaska with 4 duffel bags and now somehow we seem to have a trailer full of clothes, toys, cutlery, pillows, bikes and blankets. Of course we didn’t sell the bus in a warm sunny location where it would have been a cinch to transition out, we decided to pull all of this off in Buffalo, New York in the middle of winter. A winter storm was approaching and everything was freezing. Having to sidestep around 3 little people who refused to go outside because of the frigid temperatures (20s F) and load up a trailer with 50 mile an hour winds was no walk in the park. There was a lot of swearing and jamming numb fingers under armpits. It took us all day to get everything out and packed up, exhausting.
So what do you do after you complete 8000 nautical miles going through the northwest passage? You chill out and decide to spend the winter driving 8,000 miles cross country.
suffered through traffic in California
decided to skip Las Vegas in Nevada to save money
drowned ourselves in hand lotion in Utah – it’s seriously dry
broke down in Nebraska
feel really bad about skipping friends in Wisconsin and Ohio – sorry Booths and Linnans
visited family in Massachusetts
discovered the beauty of Maine
Vermont – you know I love you
wiped out a bunch of trees in New Jersey
wanted to give it all up and own a farm in Maryland
felt the temperature rise as we drove south to Florida
discovered that Disneyworld really isn’t the happiest place on earth – just my personal opinion
all fell ill from Disneyworld making Florida, Alabama and the start of Mississippi a blur
hit a Mardi Gras Parade in Mississippi and enjoyed the company of our friends we love
saw the amazing horses of Kentucky
got flipped off in West Virginia
didn’t see any Amish in Pennsylvania, sniff sniff
and finally froze our butts off at Niagara Falls in Buffalo, New York
Along the way we were contacted by some other cruisers/gypsy families. This trip was totally worthwhile by all the people we got to hang with along the way, you know who you are and we whole heartedly hope we will meet up again.