After a final few days of frantic packing and preparations, Project 100 has officially launched! We loaded up the car this morning (can you believe all this stuff fit neatly into the Prius?) and headed east from Phoenix.
It wasn’t until about 24 hours ago that I began to think maybe we were crazy for embarking on a scheme like Project 100. Up until that point I had just crossed off items on the to-do list that seemed surprisingly easy: plot out our route, select the travel gear, get new tires, leave my job, sign up for an Obamacare plan, rent the house, pack away our belongings and move them to storage, make arrangements for our other car, etc. But as I was scrubbing floors and taping up the last of the kitchenware boxes last night, it dawned on me that only someone bordering on insane would leave behind a perfectly good job, cozy home, family, friends and everything comfortable and predictable to spend a year living out of a Prius and visiting national parks. What had I done?
However, as we made our final two trips to the storage unit this morning (pushing overloaded carts down the hallway of the U-Haul facility for the umpteenth time this week, akin to the movie Groundhog Day), the doubt from the night before disappeared and I knew all the logistical gymnastics, stress and bother would be worth it once we hit the road. And all the well wishes from friends, family and coworkers will surely keep our spirits up through the more challenging moments we might have to face.
There’s certainly something enchanting about pulling up anchor and setting sail on a big adventure of discovery and learning. And from our first day on the road as we made our way over to Las Cruces, New Mexico, it seems we’re not the only ones. Every time a vehicle packed to the gills passed us by, we asked each other, “Road trip, or moving?” Our guess is, they’re other adventure-seekers like us. We hope to meet some of those folks as we make our way around the country!