Swing down, sweet chariot, stop and let me ride
Location: Springfield, Louisiana
What’s up, y’all!
We made it to Louisiana yesterday, and are relaxing today. The next leg of the trip is going to be at a more leisurely pace, thank goodness. We did a lot of driving in the last 10 days. Hope you’ve enjoyed the videos we’ve posted along the way. It was an exhausting pace at times, and I think our key takeaway was that we will not be posting daily videos next time around!
It was fun to try it, though, especially since we never knew where we were going to end up each night. We became experts at unloading and repacking the truck, for sure. Everything fits much nicer now than it did when we started.
Last week, we left you in Golden Valley, Arizona. That day was the beginning of our flight across Arizona, New Mexico, and part of Texas. The storm that hit most of the West Coast seemed to be following us. Every day we would drive east, hoping to escape it. Every night, we thought we’d finally outrun it, only to meet it again the next morning.
In the meantime, our evenings looked like this:
See that battery pack in the middle that I’m plugged into? It charges off of solar power. We used it almost every day of this trip to charge various other things, and one charge on it lasted the entire trip. It’s getting recharged right now in the Louisiana sunshine, but that Rockpals charger was a champ this trip. Highly recommend. You can watch our video about the solar setup here.
We did get to spend the last three nights of the trip camping, finally. The weather started getting better. The first two nights, we stayed in Texas State Parks. I went ahead and got an annual pass, because it was such a good deal, and you get camping discounts with it. We’ll definitely be hitting more of those on the way back across Texas. It took us four days to get across that state, so ample opportunities for camping.
The last night of the trip, we decided to do what’s called “disbursed camping” in the Davy Crockett National Forest. Did you know that you can camp nearly anywhere in a national forest for free? A couple of basic guidelines are no fires, and you must move your camp every 14 days, but other than that, camp away! (Please read up on each forest’s specific regulations before doing that, don’t take my word for anything!)
I also got opportunities to run in some beautiful places along the way. I was slightly amused to see the map from my run in San Angelo State Park. The lake is down so low that they made walking trails across the lake bed. So it looks like I walked(ran) on water!
I was only slightly amused, though, because it’s sad that the water levels were so low. In addition, a fire swept through there, so the lakebed is covered with burned trees. It was definitely a surreal landscape.
Now we spend the rest of the week relaxing and recovering, and visiting with my family. My half marathon is on Saturday, and the crawfish boil is on Sunday, so those are the high points for this week (as far as I know, you never know what could happen on any given day in this life). The videos will keep coming out for a couple more days, and then we’ll take a break from that for a minute, too.
All in all, it was a fantastic journey. gnob and the dogs are also enjoying the great weather here, especially since our house in Oregon is currently buried in snow!
Video of the Week
camp dinner & a grand view
Finally camped along the way and got to try out my kitchen setup. It worked out wonderfully!
Quote of the Week
That wraps up another week with Snale Racing! We’ll leave you with the quote that was most powerful for us this week. You don’t have to run half marathons to stay fit. Find an activity that you enjoy, whatever it may be, just keep moving! Peace!✌
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