It has been a busy, stressful and emotionally draining few weeks. There has been so much to deal with after Toni’s passing and I feel like I am finally getting a little more of a feel for what it is going to be like for just CC going forward. I am really feeling the need to be back on road and traveling. I was not sure just what it would be like to actually be moving and getting back to what had become our normal nomadic life. Fortunately, I have been able to get in a few trips over the
last six weeks to sort of test the waters again. While it was strange to say the least, the feeling that I was doing what I should be doing was strong. Being away from my comfortable and safe mochdocking spot at my uncles house in Phoenix got my heart racing. Wether it was excitement or anxiety…… I’m not actually sure. I made a trip out to boondock with great friends at American Girl Mine Rd. outside Yuma. Getting settled into such an awesome remote location was immediately calming, it just felt right. While it was only a one week stay, it was just what I needed. That week was one of the best I have had since being on my own. I was able to get out and take the Jeep on some trails, seek out some Geocaches and more importantly spend time with friends.
I cannot begin to express how awesome the support of so many friends and family has been. My family and long time friends from Arizona have been instrumental in my moving thru this past two months. What has also been amazing is the support and kind words from our friends in the nomadic community. Something as simple as having a week out in the desert with amazing friends is what has reassured me that on the road is where I want to be. I want to thank everyone that has reached out with encouraging words and I cannot wait to reconnect with everyone on the road. It is the thoughts and prayers of each and every person that is giving me what I have to say feels like the courage I need to re-launch and get back on road.
One change that I did make is to replace my Jeep Liberty tow vehicle with a Jeep Rubicon. This is something that had been in the works for several months, but we managed to talk ourselves out of it over and over. Our most recent thought was to just drive the Liberty until it decided to quit working on us, which could have been years for all we knew. Well, one of the things I would really like to do in my travels is spend far more time exploring trails. The Liberty was quite capable, but
by no means a true trail rig. While the majority of the time it was just Toni and I (and CC of course) out wheeling, I was pretty confident in the Liberty. Toni and I have been been 4wheelers for many years and between the two of us I felt we could deal with about any degree of stuck or strandedness that may have happened. There were a few situations we got ourselves into over the last couple years that took some thought, ingenuity and calm heads to get us out of. Being that CC is not going to be nearly as insightful and helpful as Toni, my confidence in exploring by myself in the Liberty has diminished quite a bit. Having a more capable off road rig, better equipped with recovery gear, I will feel much better. To head off the comments before they come, I do not intend to to any crazy off road traveling by myself. I know better from my years of off roading. But, I absolutely will explore back roads and places that actually require a capable rig. As those that four wheel will tell you, even a tame situation has the ability to get ugly sometimes. So having a rig I can depend on will be awesome. So…..enter the 2015 Jeep Rubicon. I have tossed in a couple of pictures, but I plan to do a Youtube video of the Jeep and how it is all setup.
This past week I also had the chance to head up to Prescott to the weekend home of my friends Mickey and Allan. The interesting thing was that this is the first time I have slept in a “sticks and bricks” since we moved into our RV in September 2014. Crazy huh! There have been a few days in hotels here and there for trips, but not an actual house. Felt pretty strange for sure. We had a great time visiting some local breweries. One in particular, Barnstar Brewing in Skull Valley, was amazing. It is by far the most “remote” brewery I have visiting since I started all this beer traveling. It was about 5 miles out on a dirt road and actually located at the brewers homestead. The brewery itself was in a metal building across the driveway from his house that was build out like an old western town.
The novelty of the location was cool, but the beer was actually amazing. The owners were great and we had the chance to meet several of the folks the different beers were named for, which happen to be neighbors and where there enjoying an awesome day and beer as well. We ended up with three growlers filled before we headed out. I spoke with the owner, and asked if he wanted some areal photos of his place and he excitedly said yes. I flew the Mavic around the area and got some great shots for him. Looks like he will incorporate them into their website…which is cool! Insurgent Brewing Co. in Chino Valley also had some excellent beers and it was great meeting
and visiting with the brewer there as well. Just love small local breweries where you get a chance for such a personal experience with the beers and their makers. Before heading to Prescott I made a two day stop up to our cabin up in Forest Lakes, AZ. Our cabin happens to be the residential address that we keep in Arizona. I just checked on things and made sure it was all secure for the next year, enjoying the last bit of snow of the season. The trip from Forest Lake to Prescott gave me a chance to test our the Rubicon on the fun trip through the mountains, it did not disappoint. On top of that, the Rubicon got to make it’s first brewery stop at That Brewery in Pine, AZ, one of my favorites. All in all it was a welcome relaxing weekend with some of my best friends. It was great to have the chance to run thoughts and ideas by them about my future and get some sage advice.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of my niece Carissa to Eric. This event was really the main reason I have been hanging out in Arizona until now. The wedding was amazing and it was so good to spend the time with family. Carissa is the first daughter to be married for my brother and sister-in-law Phil and Tracy. They were so proud and the day could not have been any better. So glad I had the chance to be there. Congrats to the newlyweds.
As for me, that means I am on my last stretch of time in Arizona. I would be lying if I did not say it feels very much like when we first headed out on the road in September of 2014. We have been in Arizona since October 13 when we returned for Toni’s surgery. While it was planned, obviously it did not turn out as expected. After nearly six month in Phoenix, it just has the feeling of that first heading out all over again. None of the selling things and all that, but it has that feeling of pulling up roots. I am excited, but at the same time nervous. This is a whole new adventure and I have to figure out what it is all about. I’ve sat and stared at maps and tried to make plans, but it has just been difficult figuring out what I want to do. I am feeling I need to just get moving with the rough plans I have and figure it out as I go. I look forward to reconnecting with my nomad friends and meeting many new ones. It is always sad to leave family and friends in Arizona, but it’s just see ya’ next time and not goodbye. So, in a week of so, I take a deep breath, hitch up the Jeep and head into the future…..This entry was posted in Blog and tagged arizona, brewery, fulltime, gorving, herewego, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, odyssey, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, seneca, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.