Our First Day On The Road

We’ve been MIA from the blog for a while due a crazy last month prepping for the trip.  Most days were filled by a never-ending TO DO list; and any free days were spent trying to see friends and family as much as possible.  We’ll elaborate more on the Trip Prep stuff in a separate blog post but allow me to take a moment and say we have incredible friends/family!  It seemed like every weekend included a going-away party or happy hour to celebrate our trip.  We’re not even sure why they like us so much!  I guess every group needs a couple clowns to keep them entertained : )  We can’t thank everyone enough…Gracias!

Now on to our first day on the road!  We woke up, drank coffee, and then proceeded to ask each other every 15 minutes “is this really happening today?!?”  What looked like a nicely packed truck & camper turned into an episode of Hoarders as we crammed in every last minute item that we probably won’t need.  “Cheese grater?…sure, chuck it in.”  Jenna must have assumed we would never see running water again when she packed a five year supply of baby wipes.

Packing the Four Wheel Camper

Packing the camper.  What did we forget?

Once out of the driveway it was smooth sailing…for the first 500 yards.  We hit 40mph and realized that the door clips on our fancy new wind fairing didn’t allow the door to seal correctly, and created a terrible wind whistle.  Not turning back, we cranked up the music and headed for the mountains.

It wasn’t long before I spotted our first detour…Naughty Girl Donuts.  Had to!  Three of their ridiculous donuts disappeared and after talking to the owner about our trip we walked away with a bunch of free grub for the road!  Thanks Naughty Girl!

We chose to take the smaller roads and U.S. Rt. 50 to avoid traffic and get the road trip started off right.  Mile after mile of 9% grade with 20mph turns was a great test for the brakes and suspension.

Detour number two happened when I got it into my head that I must have a grilled steak on the first night.  It’s going to be a lot of PB&J and ramen noodles going forward so why not celebrate a bit!  Two ribeyes onboard, I was getting a bit hangry so when Jenna mentioned a camp site 30 mins away, I ditched the plan to boondock on the edge of Wayne National Forest.  We rolled into the campground to see 10 RVs and no tents, but it was on the water and I had steak on the brain.

Within the hour we were set up, steak sizzlin’, and sippin’ the celebratory wine my mom bought us for our engagement.  We made a toast to all the crazy decisions and work that led to this point and finally felt our shoulders get a little lighter. Damn this feels good.

By |2017-03-22T09:23:56-06:00July 19th, 2015|The Trip, U.S. Road Trip|12 Comments


  1. Dad July 20, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Field showers and toilets are the greatest. Can’t wait til you get to experience those great feelings of cleanliness and vulnerability. This blog thing is great. I enjoyed reading the first of what I hope to be many great stories

    Safe journey.

  2. karen July 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Love all this
    great times…..

  3. RICK July 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Love this blog! We get to live this adventure vicariously through you…helps us ‘keep in touch.’
    Its not the destination, its the journey.

    • Jenna July 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Best of luck with the move, hope all goes smoothly! It’s nice to know you all will be in VA when we come home to visit. 🙂

  4. Lynne Bennett July 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    So wonderful to read your adventures living vicariously through you both stay safe enjoy let us know if you need anything

    • Jenna July 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Lynne!

  5. Randy Coker July 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Ok, so after speaking to Jenna today on the phone, they informed us that they stayed at a very interesting place over night. Cheaper than most of the other campgrounds that they looked at. They were able to have some extra cash for drinks and a nice hot dinner. This place was named “Walley-World”. AKA. Walmart parking lot. I had to laugh…..and laugh…..I see more Walmart parking lots in their future.

    • Jenna July 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Hey I will choose Wally World every time if it’s up against good food and drinks!

  6. Sharon July 23, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Loved meeting you both and having you as guests at Leith Run! Keeping you in our prayers for a safe journey. We will follow your blog as you travel!

    • Jenna July 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you Sharon! Leith Run was a great first stop on our big adventure. Thank you both for the hospitality and well wishes!

  7. Karla September 18, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Just one question, where is Naughty Girl Donuts? They look delicious…

    • Jenna September 18, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      There were out 66 West. I hear there is a Duck Donuts opening or open really close to Woodbridge. Can you report back? We may put in an order for our return visit home. 😉

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