First, let me tell you a little about myself and my husband, Brad. I am a pediatric nurse that is taking a leave from nursing to focus on my photography (my photos can be viewed at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jennifer-stermer) and I’m currently working on publishing a children’s book. Brad’s background is in finance and sales, and has recently received his Captains License. He has had the privilege of working at marinas in California, Wyoming, and Tennessee.
Just for background information, we are not your usual couple. We are happy having a small family of two (plus one cat) and we moved 2,000 miles away from our families a few years ago for a change of scenery without knowing anyone in Washington. Oh, yeah, and we are going on this crazy RV adventure. 🙂
Now, you might ask how this RV thing all came about. I mean, traveling for a year in an RV and getting rid of most of your belongings just doesn’t come to one overnight. But yet, it kinda did.
In late May 2014 Brad and I met a super nice couple at a 80’s cover band night (what can I say except who doesn’t love 80’s music?!) We were chatting and found out that they were leaving the next week for a 2 year adventure that involved riding their bikes around the world. I was in awe and thought that sounded amazing. Traveling around the world, can you image all that they are going to see and experience? Brad and I both love to travel and most of my bucket list items involve some sort of traveling experience. Naturally, we asked them lots of questions:
*how long did it take you to plan this?
*did you get rid of all your stuff?
*seriously, you are riding a bike around the world?
Brad took that information to a whole new level then me (you can follow Doug and Kristin’s awesome adventure at http://www.twofargone.com)
It was a nice, sunny day in Snoqualmie, WA when Brad and I decided to go for a hike. It was June 2014. We were only a few miles in when Brad told me that he has been doing some thinking and he wants to do something kinda out there. I’m a person that thinks outside the box and doesn’t alway follow the crowd so I was intrigued. That is when he said he has been thinking about the biking couple (yes, that is what we call them) and he wants to do the same thing……but not on a bike and not around the world but in an RV around the US for one full year. I thought about it for about 2 seconds and then said “YES!”
Yep, that’s it. Our story of how this all came about.
I have so many ideas for this blog and I cannot wait till we are out on the road making videos, telling funny stores, and sharing all the pictures. Feel free to share your experiences, make comments, and I hope that we can learn from each other’s RV experiences!
~Jennifer and Brad
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Wow, that i so great that you two decided to do this. Best of luck on your journey. We’re in Greece now, our first night here (after a very uncomfortable 18 hour ferry ride from Italy) and we just have to say that we are so thrilled that our story planted a seed in your imaginations and you’re going for it. Can’t wait to follow along.
Based on your route, you’re going to hit a couple of the spots we visited along our way. Please don’t mind the unsolicited suggestions that follow. If you like disc golf, then you have to play the disc golf course at the state park in Glendive, Montana. It’s in the badlands and it’s insane. Especially if the wind blows. The ranger will loan you some discs for free if you ask nicely. Secondly, just a short bit east of Glendive, don’t skip Theodore Roosevelt National Park if you want to see some bison. And by some, I mean dozens. They’re everywhere. Lastly, if you like good craft beer and are at all interested in bratwursts and exotic sausages and things like that, then you have to eat at “Wurst Bier Hall” in Fargo. This is going to sound ridiculous, but it was one of the best meals we had on our whole trip so far.
Enjoy the journey! And congrats on the site. It looks great.
“The Biking Couple”
Thank you so much for the suggestions! I do not know if we will have time on the way out to the mid-west to stop in Montana or Fargo but we will put it on the list for the next time we are in that area. We have been to Theodore NP and was saw wild horses-it was awesome! Glad you are off the long ferry ride, are they like the ferries in Washington? 😉 Enjoy Greece! ~Jennifer
Just saw you on 84W in NY! Hope you’re enjoying all the beautiful sights and fall foliage. Happy Travels! 🙂
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Yes, that was us!! Thanks for checking out the blog!!
Jennifer and Brad…Hope this finds you both well and having safe travels…We, at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground appreciate you sharing 2 weeks of your trek with us in Virginia..Carolynn and I, having “ridden around the country” in our RV could share many ideas and must see places to visit but its more fun to find your own way…BUT,,,if you find yourselves on interstate 10 a muffalotta sandwich in the French Quarter is a must…western Arizona offers great warm springs in Tonopah that can be a life changing experience…eough of that for now…You guys have a great Thanksgiving and thanks again from our family at SAFC…GARLAND
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Hi Garland! We enjoyed staying at your campground and thank you for the message! We always appreciate tips on places to stop and we will add your suggestions to our list. Happy holiday!
All the stories sound so inspiring for new RV’ers like my wife & myself. We’re from Hawley, PA and just purchased a Kodiak 28 yesterday! Our initial plan is to see our new grand babies in Florida but we want to shake the bugs out of the new rig and do a short trip near our area before tackling a longer trip. Any help or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.
Thank you and welcome to the RV lifestyle!! It’s a great idea to have a couple trial runs in your new RV to work out any kinks and find any issues before you hit the road.
Just enjoy every trip and take in all that you can! Never rush when setting up/hooking up. You will find out quickly what works best for you travel wise as everyone is different. Mortons on the Move and RV Love are both great resources and they are both such great couples too. Safe travels!