I loaded up my car and Erich loaded up his two Sundays ago and on Monday, May 22 we both set off for Texas.
We decided to both drive as I needed my car (of course) and there were large items that would not fit in my car that Erich would put into his mini-truck. We planned on following each other and using our flashing lights we would signal when to get off the highway for gas, rest stops or food. And when ever one of cars needed filling, we would fill both as that would mean less leapfrogging of getting gas.
The first day we made it Tucson after over 12 hours of being in the car. The drive is normally about 7 but there as a double big-rig accident outside of Tucson that shut down the highway and brought everything to a stop and crawl but we finally made it to our hotel.
Tuesday, after breakfast, we stopped into see Kevin and Danielle of Potter USA. It was a great but short visit before we got back into our cars and headed further east. Our goal was Fort Stockton, Texas and this was to be the "longest" part of the trip. Again it was uneventful - no rain storms, no car trouble, just lots of stops for food, gas and bathroom breaks.
Wednesday was the last leg of the drive and the shortest. We left Fort Stockton before 9:00 am and made it to the house by 3:00 pm. Our contractor and his family was there when we arrived so it was nice to see them and say hello and go over a few things. After that we headed into New Braunfels where we had a hotel reservation because we were not going to spend the first few nights in the house as it would take a few days to settle in.
Thursday it was back to the house where the mover were waiting for us so they could unload. It was a few hours of directing them as to where to place things and running around staying on top of it all. By the time it was all done, it was late afternoon and we tired, hot, and sweaty. We went back to our hotel to clean up and have some dinner.
Friday the unpacking started despite being bone tired. Along the way I started another punch list of the little things that need fixing.
Saturday we checked out of the hotel and went to the house and MOVED IN. The unpacking continued along with a side trip to Home Depot for things we need around the house and to the grocery store.
Sunday we were beat so we did minor things around the house and knocked off early to watch TV and rest.
Monday we finished a few more tasks around the house, did a shopping trip to another grocery store and I prepared to go to work on Tuesday.
Here is a short video of a family of deer that was taking a walk through the neighborhood. Open it up so you can hear the sound.