I didn’t have to go far from Phoenix to get 2018 rolling. On the agenda was the Xscapers Annual Bash. This would be a chance to catch back up with old friends and meet a TON of new ones as well. It was more of a “rolling” party this time. The first week was in a new location in Quartzite, AZ and the second week moves over
to American Girl Mine area in Winterhaven, CA. My friend Steve was able to get a “kitchen pass” and come join me as well. To say it has been an amazing time would be a huge understatement. I have made lots of new connections and strengthened existing ones. I was able to connect with a whole new group of solo travelers such as myself. I stayed in AGM beyond the annual bash, I am actually still here as I write this. We still have a pretty awesome group and many of us are rolling on to Anza Borrego to keep the fun going. There has been campfires, Jeeping, mountain biking, hiking, movie nights, game nights, tons of trips to Mexico for tacos and
even a dental visit for teeth cleaning (and perhaps a bit of beer drinking mixed in there). The Superbowl party on Sunday was AMAZING. We were treated to an awesome game, there was crazy good food and the weather was perfect. We capped off the night with an outside screening of We’re The Millers (rapidly becoming a cult classic with this group). Yet, with all the fun, Sunday was also a very difficult day as well. It marked the one year anniversary of my losing Toni. I managed to get out on my MTB to think and get some solitude for a few hours. I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that a year has already passed. I think of Toni each and every day. She gives me the strength to keep pushing forward and discover what my future will hold. It was so great to be surrounding by such good friends on a tough day and I am so blessed to have the support system around me that I do.
by Kurt Kuhl
Today is my last day in Phoenix, I hook up the Jeep and head towards Quartzite tomorrow morning. John and I wrapped all the projects on his RV and I managed to check everything off my list as well. Hard to believe I’ll
have been here nearly six weeks, the time has flown by. It’s been so nice to catch back up with family and friends, but I definitely feel the pull to get moving again. I’ll be boondocking for probably the next five weeks so today will be stock up day. I was able to get in one more Jeep trip this past weekend. The setup is working great and it is going to add a whole new dimension to my travels. Mixing in the excursions out in the Interceptor (my corny Jeep name to go along with the Black Pearl) will be exciting. Hopefully, the mud dries up from the rain last night here at my moochdocking spot before I set the wheels in motions tomorrow!
by Kurt Kuhl
So here I sit on News Years Day 2018 to finally update the blog. As I reviewed my last entry to see where I left off and saw October 27, it’s clear that I have been extremely lacking in my updates. To be honest I have struggled the past few months with just what direction I would like go with my blog and my life. I decided to read thru a few of my entries from 2017 and see where I was going with things. It really just seemed like a continuation of how the entries have always looked since this journey
started back in September of 2014. Some detailed rambling about what I had been up to the last few weeks and some photos to support the stories. 2017 was a very tough year having lost my wife Toni and I believe I just sort of kept writing entries on autopilot so to speak. Reading back through posts it seemed like nothing really changed and I just went on about my travels just as we did before. Well, that is not really the case. Traveling on my own is nothing at all like it was traveling with Toni. As I sit and reflect on 2017, how I travel and decide just where to roam has changed, though it does not come thru in the blog. These past few months on my own I have been on a mission to discover just what my life is going to look like going forward. Without a (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Hard to believe I have already been here in Bend for more than three weeks. I actually have less than a week before I start my Southward travel. Other than being in San Diego, this is the first time I have actually picked one city and spent an entire month. Bend is an incredible place to stay, there is so much to do. October is really considered out of season, as evidenced by the rate here at Crown Villa RV Resort being less than half of the peak season rate. This is really the first time I have stayed in such fancy place. All the sites are huge and you
actually park on paver bricks. Each site has a block storage unit large enough for bikes and about anything else you may have. All the connections are also placed behind a nice block wall as well. They pick up trash and recycling from the sites each day and keep the place up perfectly. If there is any downside, it is that I am not able to get satellite reception from my site (first world problems). But, they do have cable with a ton of channels so it has not really been a big deal, other than really missing my DVR for pausing.
I’ve had the chance to spend time with friends, both old and new. Several other fulltime travelers are actually choosing to settle down for a while in Bend. Easy to see why, the vibe here is amazing. With my friends Dave and Shannon of 2Wanderaway having Bend as their home base I was able to overlap for a few weeks with them. Having lived in Bend for many years, they have been an amazing resource for feeling like a local. They filled me in on all the locals nights and best places to eat. Within a couple days I already felt like I had been here for weeks. It is cool to get to know a town a little more in depth by spending an extended period of time. I can pretty much get around anywhere (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Well I’v managed to do it again, a HUGE break in between posts to the blog. My last entry had me sending my sister Kim back off to Boston after spending time with me in Colorado. That was way back on August 30! I cannot believe
how time has flown by. Leaving Colorado I spent a couple weeks in Wyoming. I made a couple day stop in Lander, WY, where I stayed the Lander City Park. They actually allow RVers to stay up to three nights for free at the park. My spot was amazing, right on the river and only a few feet from the bike path to town. I put a ton of miles on the bike just running around and exploring town. Lander Brewing Company had some great beers and I meet a couple of great locals there as well and chatted it up for a few hours! I really enjoyed the town and actually wish I could have stayed longer, but I adhered to the three day limit. In the words of Arnold, “I’ll be back”. The next week plus I spend based out of Curt Gowdy State Park a few miles west of Cheyenne. I’ve stayed in this park before and love it. I snagged a secluded spot elevated up above the lake with a sweet view. I spend the entire time riding the mountain bike and Jeeping. The MTB trails at Curt Gowdy are way cool, I think I rode most of them several times. I took the Jeep out (more…)by Kurt Kuhl