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The Bro’d Trip: January
January 2nd, we officially hit the road. We said goodbye to our home of 20+ years. It just recently sold so we’ll never go inside it again! So not only were we leaving home but we were leaving the very house that we called home for almost our entire lives. Not to mention that we’d be leaving our 13-year-old dog, Max, behind too. (Note the puffy red eyes in the above photos….)
After stopping to spend a day with friends in Jacksonville and Ormond, we left Florida and made our way to Georgia.
This was our backyard for our first night sleeping in the van. It’s not all beautiful backyards on the road, but it sure is nice when the stars align. I remember falling asleep this night in total shock that this was now my life! Surprisingly I slept like a baby that night.
The next couple days were spent exploring parts of Georgia and South Carolina, including Jekyll Island, Savannah, and Charleston. We also went for a surf in Myrtle Beach and got our first showers of the trip using a hose attached to the outside of a hotel. The water was in the 60s and the air was in the 40s making for a quick shampoo, rinse, and no repeat.
We hopped on a 7:15am ferry to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The van fit comfortably and we enjoyed the quick trip across the sound to see a part of NC we’d never seen.
No matter how beautiful the beach is when you wake up, it’s a bit frustrating to take your vehicle across the ocean and get skunked. We waited for the waves to get good for days but the swell direction wasn’t fit for the area. I surfed two sessions on the last day just to get wet and got my ass handed to me. Oh, and it was freezing cold. Mix that with the fact that we were beginning to feel the cramped closeness of living in an 82 sq. ft. home and you’ve got low morale.
We made our way to western North Carolina for a couple days of climbing. Justin taught me how to lead climb and we started getting along better as we trusted each other to catch the other person when falling. There’s something about saving each others’ lives repeatedly that tends to bring you together!
As we left the climbing area, we decided it’d be a great idea to skateboard down the freshly paved hill. I was tired from climbing and my gut told me that I shouldn’t do it but I went anyway. The first half was great, wind blowing through my hair as the sun set on an empty country road. But as I reached the bottom I lost control and slid on my left side about 5 feet. I spent the evening cleaning up scrapes in a Walmart parking lot. Sleeping in a van for the next few weeks would prove to be an uncomfortable challenge. Lesson learned.
We spent a few days visiting family in North Carolina. During that time, we got smacked by a huge snow storm, so we had to leave Jolene in a parking lot for the week as we stayed with family. Luckily, Jolene fared well and the only damage done was a frozen hose in our sink!
We got to visit Sierra Nevada Brewery, play in the snow, and even go to a Reel Big Fish show before heading into Tennessee.
We rounded out our first month on the road in Nashville. We hung out with friends, made new friends, ate good food, listened to good music, peeked inside the creative minds of creative businesses, and more.
Although the first month on the road wasn’t smooth sailing by any means, it was a nice introduction to our new home: the road.