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Old 09-24-2015, 05:29 PM   #141
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In other news- I mapped out our current route so far. The other day was our 1/4-nomadiversary...
I took this route and decided to compare it against our original plan. The differences from Chicago onward are pretty stark:

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Old 10-05-2015, 12:25 PM   #142
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Sure is. What led to the change? Do you think you'll get back around to the northern tier at all?


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Old 10-08-2015, 12:54 AM   #143
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New blog post: this trip isn't just about us...

http://nowornever.learntorv.com/2015...-about-us.html
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:47 PM   #144
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Sure is. What led to the change? Do you think you'll get back around to the northern tier at all?

It was a few things- first, I wanted to badly to see my aunt while we were in Chicago. But, between her crazy work schedule (4am-2pm) and the distance of the campground to her house, it just didn't work out. I only get to see her about once per year and that visit was my chance. Once we decided to change plans and go to Branson (I'll explain below), it made it very easy to spend a week in Indiana in order to see her.

The real driver was going to Branson to a rally being put on by Fulltime Families. As the name implies, it's other families who are just like us- living in a camper with kids. Clearly we are a minority in fulltimers and among people we know- so it was really nice to meet with folks who are just like us. BUT- it meant we had to be in Branson when we were supposed to be in Montana or somewhere like that.

Going to Branson was my proof that this lifestyle lets us experience and enjoy the things that we want. It gives us the freedom to explore and do things that we wouldn't otherwise be able to. So, torpedo the plans- lets have some fun!

As for getting back north. That's a tough one. IF we stick to our original 14-month plan; highly unlikely. IF we decide to stay on the road with no end date, almost definitely. I want to see Mt. Rushmore, the Mall of America, and get up to Glacier NP. There's no end to the sights that we want to see!
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You are living many people's dreams! How is the roadschooling part of the trip going?


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Old 10-08-2015, 11:31 PM   #146
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You are living many people's dreams! How is the roadschooling part of the trip going?

I would normally say "pretty good", but I did have to laugh at my wife when she came into the bedroom/office yesterday and exclaimed, "I don't know why I try explaining things to her!"

Overall, really well. We are still trying to get a firm handle on what she does and doesn't know from school. Each night my wife is grading homework and writing out the plan for the next day. I'm pretty impressed!

Each place has so many learning opportunities. I, myself, have learned more than I expected.
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How'd you like Branson? Was there twice, to and from Nashville, And now going to NC in May, will stop there again. Thanks for your pics.
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How'd you like Branson? Was there twice, to and from Nashville, And now going to NC in May, will stop there again. Thanks for your pics.

I didn't get a good feel for Branson even though we were there for 2 weeks. My work was nutty and I was doing 70+ hour weeks. I didn't leave the campground a whole lot- which was good as we were there for a rally. My wife and kids got out a little- they enjoyed their tour of the College of the Ozarks (aka Hardwork U), the iMax show, and Titanic museum. We didn't get to any of the music shows because of my 3 year old and not having a sitting. That, and, we seemed to be 30 years younger than their target audience. We did want to see Six. Other than that, I took my daughter to the zip line place and she thoroughly enjoyed her time there.
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The Six was a really good show and we'll probably go again. You couldn't fine a 'granny'? Deal'n with the time zone changes too.....good thing the phone changes on it's own.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:09 PM   #150
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Catching up to early August. Here's our week in Chicago recapped:
Now Or Never - an RV Tale: The Windy City, Chicago Recap
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