I started packing my camper van this weekend.
First things first - I made sure to find spots for the essentials; the latte machine and coffee grinder. Just because I've abandoned hearth and home doesn't mean I need to risk not being able to find good coffee to start my day!
Got the bed made up - decided immediately that making the bed is NOT going to be one of my favorite things on this trip. It's a lot like making a loft bed - reeaach for that corner - except I do have the advantage of being able to go outside and open the rear door to make it a little easier (that'll work until it's raining out when I need to make the bed...)
It's hard to believe the time to leave is almost here. I don't think the fact I've really gone and done it will sink in until I've been gone at least two weeks - a week longer than any vacation I've taken in recent memory.
I'm going to start by heading north. I heard in church recently that to go forward, we need to look back; so I'm going to start by visiting relatives in Iowa. I've been making the drive to Minnesota for many years, and usually try my best to make it through Iowa in 4-5 hours. This time, I'm switching gears - if schedules are free, it'll take me 4-5 DAYS to make the trip. It'll be an abrupt change of pace, to be sure!