First, thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences and purchase decisions for options on the Alto! It’s been an enlightening experience and given me much more food for thought. There are several sides to each option, as it turns out!
What I’m realizing is that I will just make my best guess, within my budget, and figure I can improvise later. These are not life-and-death, irreversible decisions. They are just trailer options, so I’m going to stop stressing out and do what my project-manager brain does best: analyze the options then make the decisions based on both data and gut feel. This Nomad project is my favorite project ever.
The “five months” of the title is the countdown to when I leave Seattle to head east to Quebec and Safari Condo. Google Maps says my preferred route west-to-east is 50 hours of driving. I’m taking the high line across, as far north as one can go in the US.
I’m hoping my friend flies out from Boston to share the drive. She’s never driven across country and was amazed that I could say I’ve done several cross-country trips in my lifetime:
– Greyhound bus LA to Montreal (1976 Olympics, yay!) then down to Washington DC and back
– Greyhound bus to New York State, then up to Montreal.
– Across Canada by train (Montreal to Vancouver), then bus back to LA
– Drove LA to NYC via the southern route (via Phoenix and Houston, the left at Louisiana to work my way up to New York)
– Amtrak NYC to LA via the southern route
– Amtrak LA to NYC via the northern route
I’ve always had the nomad bug. I got it from my Dad, who told me once that one of his older relatives always answered the call of “Who wants to go on a trip?” with a resounding “YES!” so I come from a line of wanderers.
With the Alto, I can take my time, and see up close and personal the things I’ve only seen out airplane windows so far: the white sands of New Mexico, the canyons of Utah, the Rocky Mountains, and so many other places. As Dr. Seuss once wrote: “Oh, the places you’ll go!”