One month ago today, we picked up our new trailer from the dealership in Harrisburg, Pennsylvannia. Here's a not-so-great photo of all 28 foot of it and our truck at the dealership. Our first task, or more specifically Shane's first task, was towing it a couple of hours down I-78 and then reversing it out of a country lane, over a narrow wooden bridge spanning a creek and into Shane's parents' yard without wrecking it. So far, so good. Thank goodness Shane's dad, our expert trailer consultant, was there to help us unhitch it, level it and put down the stabilizer jacks. We are such newbies. Hopefully, by the time we get back from this year-long jaunt, we might actually be getting good at this.
Shane's parents have kindly housed our trailer at their New Jersey home ever since, while we dashed around Brooklyn like crazy people packing and moving the rest of our stuff into storage, getting our apartment ready to rent, tying up things for work and sorting out healthcare, registering our trailer, buying camping gear, saying goodbye to friends and generally preparing for life on the road. By the way, if you ever consider moving your own furniture and all your possessions down seven flights of stairs out of a walk-up apartment, just don't!
We finally arrived back at Shane's parents' place in our overladen pick-up truck at 1am on Saturday – sweaty, tired and disheveled after a extra long day of cleaning and moving boxes – with all the stuff we will need for a year, plus a cat.
Ever since, we've been at Shane's parents while we get ready to leave. Just a few weeks ago, we were both working hard and living in our nice, comfy Brooklyn apartment, which has a bath tub, among other luxuries. Now Shane is unemployed and we're living in the trailer in his parents' yard.
Now that we're here, though, we've decided that this camping business is great! What on earth took us so long? We have full water and electric hook up for free and just have to walk across the yard for hot meals, drinks, snacks and unlimited quantities of home made pie. Sonny has checked out every cupboard inside the trailer, had several walks in the yard and has been plied with fresh turkey. Last Sunday, Shane's mother even cooked us and the whole family a early Thanksgiving dinner, and as we won't be seeing them at Christmas, baked some mince pies for the Brit, ie Kathryn.
Christmas and Thanksgiving all in one day and it's still only mid-October. It would be great to see some national parks and all, but maybe we should just stay here for a year.
Kathryn Tully and Shane Sesta are a married couple, one American and one Brit, who are spending a year traveling across America and writing about their discoveries. Sonny is their rescue cat and fried chicken aficionado.