September 12, 2008 — We spent our last night on our futon mattress on the floor. We packed the car the day before, so all we had to do was get up, take showers, put last bag in the car and head for Starbucks. As glad as I was to be seeing our way through to our crazy plan, a part of me felt very sad as I looked around our empty apartment.
For the next couple of days, we were to find that these images would keep coming back to us. I can’t help but wonder what those ten years in Nashua amounted to. We started out with minimum stuff, given that we had just moved off our Sailboat. Then we spent ten years filling this apartment up. So much so that it took one month to empty it. In the end we gave away or threw away everything that we had accumulated except for 2 pallets worth of stuff — that will be shipped to us at some point. Hmmmm….
Of course, seeing the room empty like this it is very obvious that the house had settled quite a bit over the years (before we got there!). And you can see our lovely paneling, which is in every room… causing our neighbor to nickname the apartment “the tree house.”
On our first day, we made it as far as Barkeyville, Pennsylvania. We drove 500 miles and hit standstill traffic on the highway (we were on 80). Had to have been an accident, but who knows? There is never any evidence of what the problem was by the time the traffic is moving again! We sat on the highway nearly 90 minutes. I checked out our latest gadget, a cassette tape that lets us play the iPod in the car — and we listened to the Jack Johnson CD that I had recently downloaded. We were amazed that such a hokey gadget worked so well. Carl napped/rested and I did my first ever Sudoku puzzle on the iPod. Lupe had taught me how to do the puzzle when we last came back from China and that was my first chance to try one on my own. I don’t think I’ll become addicted. It reminds me of the word-seek puzzles or connect the dots. I like crossword-type puzzles better. Anyway, we stopped at Barkeyville soon after the traffic started to move. We had dinner at a family restuarant that served French Fries smothered in melted cheese on top of the salad. Sort of defeats the purpose of the ordering a salad, but I have to admit, it was good. Bet I never see that particular combo again!