“The Lord watches over the sojourners; … ”
(Psalm 146:9, ESV)
A few years ago we tried using the “Rule of 2” for our travel plan: travel only 200 miles/day, take a break every 2 hours, stop by 2 PM, and travel every 2nd day. Our plan also included staying at free locations along our route whenever possible. In theory, it worked … for a while.
On the first day of travel that year, we stopped at a location that was a bit sketchy. It made us uncomfortable so we moved down the road to another location for one night. The rest of the trip from Idaho to SW Missouri went generally as planned. But, in late August, the mid-west summer temperatures can be uncomfortable. We decided to abandon this strategy and find an RV park close to our SOWER project destination for a couple of days to use our air conditioning.
This past week, we drove about 200 miles/day, stopped between 2-3 PM, and took breaks at least every 2 hours … but drove every day for the past 6 days. While traveling we tried to simply enjoy the journey as noted in this recently discovered quote: “‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.’ ―Ursula K. Le Guin”
We enjoyed the quiet solitude of a free, empty fairground in American Falls, ID; the hospitality of a free place to stay at the Hideout Motel in Cokeville, WY; an enjoyable dinner at the Thai restaurant in Rawlins, WY; wandering the Cabela’s Store in Sidney, NE; discovering antique farm equipment at the Tri-State Antique Tractor and Engine Association display grounds in Bird City, KS; and now pounding around Dodge City, KS learning about this city’s fascinating history.
But, we’re tired! We have decided we need to get back to the “traveling every 2 days” part of our plan. As we review the next 8-9 months, we see that we will not be traveling so far in northeast Texas. So, it will be relatively easy to keep to our “Rule of 2’s.” Early next spring, we’ll figure out our summer travel plans when we head back to Idaho and the northwest for a few months! 🤠🤗