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Hitting the Road

Well, today is the day.  Despite spending a lot of Friday and all day Saturday getting prepared, I’m still not quite 100% ready to take off, but I will be soon.  I was slow to get going back in 2005 when I traveled cross-country, and was specifically trying to avoid that, but it happened again.  Oh well, maybe it’s a good thing…the last trip went really well, despite the slow start.

So the car is almost fully packed, just a few odds and ends and then I’m off.  First stop – Madison, AL to visit my aunt and uncle.

At the beginning

So as you can see, I have just over 58,000 miles on my car right now.  Not sure what the odometer will look like by the end of the trip.  Any guesses out there?  I’m prepared to go about 30k miles…we’ll see what happens.

Just need to go fill up the tank now, and then hit up the grocery store.  Donna makes a great trail mix that would never last long with me around, so she kindly stocked me up with roughly a month’s supply of trail mix:

Pounds of deliciousness

Chances are it’ll take me maybe a week or two, tops, to polish all of that off.

All right, no more stalling.  I’m a little nervous, having given up a reliable job I’ve had for four years, but I know this upcoming trip and my near-term plans are the right thing for me.

See you all out there in this beautiful country.


  1. Colleen
    May 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Happy travels and safe journeys! We’re all rooting for you on your adventures!

  2. The Mommie
    May 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Remember Jip……..time is all that we really have!

    “The wise and happy traveler is he who never looks at the time-table and hides his watch”.

    Love, The Mommie

  3. Elyse
    May 31, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Hey, Joe, how exciting!! Please know that any of the Gillum boys would be happy to show you around Charleston, or help you in any way! Remember you always have a place to stay in Vegas!

  4. Norman
    May 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Man I love trail mix!

  5. May 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    A little bit of butterflies in your tummy isn’t so bad. It makes the trip exciting! This is so cool. My money is on 95,000 miles by the end of the trip. Ziploc bags FTW!

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