In sixty minutes I'll be leaving my home and will be gone for 18 days. That is the longest time I've ever been away from home since I was 17 in 1970.
Yes, I'm a little nervous and certainly curious.
And it'll be the longest time away from my wife, Arlene since we met in 1980.
Not A Vacation. A Trip.
This is going to be hard and I know it. I designed it that way. I need to see how well I can do on my own. Over the years I got lazy and let Arlene do too many things.
Not on this trip.
I have planned every detail and have done what I wanted, so far. But I haven't even left yet.
I don't even think she knows where I'm going or if she does she has a hazy notion.
I'm going to find out how it is to travel as I've been planning being a visual impaired person. This is going to be tough but I need the experience of figuring out things for myself as difficult as I know this will be.
Long Time Coming
I first thought of this trip about 25 years ago. It was going to be the two of us plus our friends Ellen and Ira flying to Denver. From there we'd rent an RV then tour the great national parks.
Then Ira got sick and it turned into – at least in my mind – a trip with our boys doing most of the driving. That went no where.
A few years back the trip morphed into an RV excursion to the big national parks with Lance and Sura. Eventually we figured out that it wasn't going to work and besides RVs do not take care of themselves nor do they travel welling cities.
Now, It's A Train Trip
Since I can't take to the highway the train was the only way for me. Who needs the traffic anyway and I know I'll see things you can only see by train.
I've always wanted to get a physical sense of America. Sure, I have flown coast to coast many times but that doesn't really give you the feeling. I need to feel how big this country really is. This is probably going to help me understand that. I'm figuring I've got about 10,000 miles ahead of me.
I Don't Know What I Don't Know
And that's another reason why I am doing this. Over time the trip became one that I needed to do even more than one I wanted to do. I came to the point where I could not talk or understand people who don't think the way I do. I'm going to talk to as many people as I can and really see if I can learn who we are, why we got this way and where we are likely to be going.
Speaking of going…it's that time.