During the fall, I’ll continue my trek west; by the end of the season my RV will be in storage and I’ll be on my way to Seattle and then England for several months. I’ll be driving more miles after Labor Day than I have all year so far. For more info, see the post called Long Term Schedule.
Here’s the fall route, showing all the stops along the way:
As I started to write this post, I realized I’ve already written a post called Fall Schedule – in 2016. I began living in the RV at the end of August last year, so it’s been one full year since I retired and started life on the road. Time has truly zoomed by! It doesn’t feel at all like it’s been that long, but at the same time my former life seems in the distant past.
Next Monday, I’ll drive from Ohio to Washington County, Wisconsin, where my Goodenough line settled in the mid-1800’s. This line migrated from New England to upstate New York, and ultimately to Wisconsin. My father’s grandfather, an itinerant carpenter, was born there, married in Iowa, and settled in California.
At the end of September, I’ll travel to Whiteside County, Illinois, where my research will focus on the folks from Ohio (or their descendants), who went there in the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as my ancestors from Vermont. I’ll be staying at a campground directly on the Mississippi River which I’m excited about!
After Illinois, I’ll have a break from researching for a bit while visiting a cousin in Missouri, and then I’ll binge-drive to the warmth of Phoenix as it starts to get colder in the north. With the RV in short-term storage, I’ll spend a week in Mexico with a friend at the end of October, and then we’ll travel together in the RV from Phoenix up to Fresno, California, arriving around November 7th. Many members of my Goodenough family lived there in the early twentieth century.
Leaving the RV at the Fresno campground, I’ll drive my car to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving with my kids and my favorite uncle. My daughter will then spend a few days with me in Fresno during the week after the holiday. Once she leaves at the end of November, I’ll be spending most of my time working through the logistics of putting my RV and my car in storage, preparing to leave the U.S. for five months, and then flying to Seattle in mid-December for the Christmas holiday.
Whew!! It’s hard to imagine saying good-bye to my RV in just a few months, and I don’t feel ready. I have just under 5 more weeks to enjoy my genealogy research before I hit the whirlwind of the long drive to Phoenix, the vacation in Mexico, and then the holidays. I have a feeling that after all the genealogy research and solitude of these months heading west, I will welcome that whirlwind when it comes!