One of our goals is to take our time while traveling. For one thing it’s cheaper, but more importantly there is an awful lot to see out here in the big wide world and if you rush along you will miss much of it. While researching this lifestyle one of the first pieces of advice I came across was to take it slow and remember you are not on Vacation, this is your life.
That said, as we left Washington the weather had gotten too cold and too wet to enjoy much outside our trailer home in any kind of comfort. Somehow as we went south it felt as if we were dragging the stormy weather along with us. Everywhere in Oregon as we arrived, flood warnings soon followed in our wake. Every projected stop along the way promised colder weather and more water, some of it in the frozen form, something I was not eager to encounter driving the 50′ “train” that is our truck and trailer combined.
So as we headed out from our second soggy Oregon stay we made an audible and changed our travel plans. For starters we would simply skip the third Oregon stop near Ashland, which has a pretty hefty altitude and instead push all the way into northern California and there we would not stay our customary two nights but would just stay one and head out right away the next morning for Sacramento.
This turned out to be a good call. Not only did we cut out a good 4 days of rain and snow, we arrived amid beautiful clear skies allowing us to stay an extra day to explore San Francisco and the local countryside before the rain clouds catch up with us. We did miss out on some great sights and experiences such as Crater Lake and the Redwood Forests but there is no reason we can’t come back, and we most likely will.
Normally you don’t have any control over the weather but when you live on the road you do have the option to run away from the bad stuff and into the good stuff so it seems wise to take advantage of it when you can.