Light at the end of the Tunnel?

First off, is COVID actually going away soon?  I don’t know.  Vaccinations are up, but so are infection rates.  I am not a scientist or anything and I don’t know how to interpret that information.  I am going to be an optimist and ASSUME that COVID lockdowns will ease up more in the next couple of months. *crossing my fingers*

Let’s Prepare anyway

Since I am getting my 2nd shot in just a couple of days, I am starting to make plans to travel.  It will be a month or so until I do anything good, because I have a lot more than just getting vaccinated.

  • I will still wear a mask until the CDC says it is safe not to.
  • I will social distance until the CDC says I can hug people again.. I am looking forward to that.
  • I will still use hand sanitizer, as always. 

I will be road tripping more this year than I have in the past 2 years.  I do have a “normal” day job now, so I can plan weekend trips, and I have some vacation time coming up.  But, I have more to consider than my health safety.  I need a good road trippin’ vehicle.

  1. Buy a Road Trip worthy vehicle (done)
  2. Make new vehicle more Road Trip worthy (WIP)
    1. Put in a bed
    2. Make room for bike
    3. Add storage
    4. Add extra battery
  3. Drive

Yes, I have a new vehicle (actually 2)

I sold the Hyundai with 63,000 miles on it.  Not a lot of miles, but that was a lot of rideshare driving, and rough miles.  Not to mention, I wanted something a little more versatile.  When I sold the car, I bought a new eBike.  I need to exercise, and that is one way to get me to do it.  If I just bought a standard bike, I doubt I would have had the motivation to ride it as much.  I am using it as a main commuter and getting around my neighborhood.  I work from home, so I don’t really need a car to get around that much in the warmer weather.

Then, I bought my Road Trippin vehicle.  It is a 2021 Ford Transit XLT Connect Cargo Van.  I have a lot of work to put into it.  I can easily fit the bike in there, but I need to squeeze a bed in there, too.  I have been looking at a lot of YouTube videos and blogs on how to do it.  I have a decent idea of what I want to do, but I haven’t started, yet.  I am waiting for curtains to be delivered right now to put them in.  That will be my first “modification” to it.

Where to go?

That is the million dollar question!  If I can muster 2 week’s vacation this year, I am driving Route 66.  Although I have driven it many times, I have never done it as a vacation, it was always for work.  I have friends in LA I would like to visit, and this would be a great way to hang out with them.  One of them will let me stay at their house for a few days.  That would be perfect 🙂  I also have a friend in Taos that I may try to meet up with.  I have not been there before.  And I like going places I have not been to before!

If I can only squeak out a week of vacation, I will do some sort of circle tour around the midwest and meet up with some friends in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, maybe even Iowa and Kansas.  Maybe I will just go to the Ozarks and enjoy nature there.  It is a beautiful area.

In the meantime, I will take weekend trips and sleep in the van, probably down by the river.  LOL  I plan on traveling around places that are less populated and be in nature as much as I can.  I could use COVID as an excuse, but I like the open spaces and not being in large crowds.  I like small gatherings and meeting new people in that type of environment.

I just want to go now

I am sure I am not the only one itching to get out there.  That is going to be a bit of a problem.  There is a shortage of camping spots nationwide.  I am not expecting to be able to find much in the way of camping spots.  The big plus of having a small van is that I can use a tent camping spot easily.  Hopefully those are more readily available.  I don’t expect it, but I can sleep in a parking lot or rest area if I have to.  That is why I got this particular van!

Moral of the story:

BE SAFE!  Be healthy!  Get out and #JustExploreIt

Until next time, safe travels.

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