Exploring the world one word…and one mile…at a time

Time Has Slowed to a Crawl

The anticipation is high, and the waiting is painful.  These last two weeks are moving more slowly than any of the previous twelve months.  We’re distracting ourselves by staying focused on trip preparations.  We’ve sketched out the itinerary for our first two weeks on the road, and it’s shaping up to be a 50/50 split of camping nights and nights spent in other accommodations (like highway hotels or the homes of family and friends along the way).  We have reservations for a few anchor nights, and we’ll play the rest by ear.  I’m obsessively checking the 10-day forecasts for Key West (stunningly warm) and Gatlinburg (confusingly bipolar).  We are planning to camp near Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains NP, and the overnight temps are still dancing in the 30s.  I’ve started to work on a meal plan so that grocery shopping and food preparation and cooking gear all scream efficiency and economy.  And given that writing will be a major component of this journey, we’ve created several new blog sites, including this one to track our travels.  (In addition to this blog, we’ll each maintain our own individual blogs for topics ranging from food and fitness to poetry and photography.  You can find links to them on the right side of this screen.)  Each day brings us one step closer to the morning when we shift the car into drive and log our first mile.  That moment cannot arrive soon enough. -J

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