100 Day Update

Hard to believe, but I’ve been traveling for 100 days now.  I commuted into SF this morning exactly 100 days ago.  Looking back, it feels more like a few years than it does a few months.

Lets look back to a post I made 101 days ago: Trip Predictions.

  • Return Date:  Still have no idea, but June 28th, 2011 seems way too soon.  That’s less than a year away.  No way I’ll be back by then.
  • Lose 15lbs?  I’ve actually gained about 4lbs.  I actually go to the gym every day because it is way easier to shower at the gym then in the RV.
  • Hair grow to shoulders?  No.  It gets too hot with long hair, plus I look stupid with long hair.
  • Lose my mind?  Yes, but not in the way that I thought I would.  I thought it would be more of an isolation-driven insanity like in the movie Castaway, however I’ve actually been more social in the last 100 days than I ever have been in my life.  Its more of a “I’m going to try too many crazy things” sort of insanity.  So I guess it’s the good kind?
  • 92,315 miles on my rig?  I think I have about 81 or 82 thousand right now.
  • 40 of 50 states?  So far hit 3 states.
  • John: 16 1*s?  So far 31% of the way there.  Probably at 1,652 0*s out of your predicted 8,327 0*s.

Glad I went through with it.

Living in a motorhome and traveling the country has been much more enjoyable than I had anticipated.  Before leaving on my journey, I had bouts of doubts.  There were times when I questioned whether it was a good idea or not, and almost wanted to call it off a few times.

My first few days in SF were terrifying, and almost made me want to bail out.  I remember falling asleep my first night, parked on the side of the road in SF, listening to the cars whiz by, thinking “What have I got myself into?”.  I felt like I was in over my head and wanted to call the whole thing off.  I made the decision not to based on two reasons:

1.  Everyone would think I’m a total wimp.  I hate it when people talk about how they are going to do something really cool and then never follow through with it, so I didn’t want to feel like a hypocrite either.

2.  Even if I didn’t enjoy the trip, I would just man up and get it over with because I knew it would be an unparalleled growing experience.  I figured that worst case, the trip would suck, but at least I would come back a better man with so much more knowledge about the world.

Thankfully, I got settled in after a few days and really started enjoying my journey.

Life as a “Vagabond”

It is truly amazing being able to get an entirely new change of scenery once a month.  I feel like I am constantly doing new things and meeting new people.  Time feels like it goes by much slower when you are constantly faced with new experiences, and nothing ever becomes “routine”.  Like I said earlier, I can’t believe it has ONLY been 100 days.  Feels like a lot more.

I have changed a lot as a person in the last 100 days.  I’ve been forced into tons of new and awkward social situations, and learned a lot about making friends and meeting people.  I’ve also hung out with hundreds of different people, with much to learn from each individual.

The most difficult part is saying goodbye, but that feeling is slightly offset by the new opportunities to say hello.  When I left Portland, I was really sad to leave all the friendships I had fostered behind, but at the same time, I was excited to say hello to Seattle and encounter a whole new set of people and experiences.  It is really an emotionally roller-coaster.

What Now?

I’m still in Seattle and will be here through the end of August.  At that point, I’ll either go to Vancouver or Minneapolis for the month of September.  Currently leaning towards Vancouver, but been teetering back and fourth for some time now.

 

4 Responses to “100 Day Update”

  1. Todd says:

    Tommy,

    Seems like you have really had a chance to experience life at a more spontaneous and enjoyable level.

    Have you been keeping on constant touch with family and friends?

    I also wanted to know what you are planning to do when the cold weather comes in.

    BTW, how many hours a day have you been dedicating to keeping your websites going?

    Cheers!

  2. Tommy says:

    Todd-

    It feels incredibly liberating to just be able to pack up in 15 minutes and move to a new city that same day. My situation allows for tons of spontaneity, and there is plenty of that.

    Yes, I’ve been keep in touch with family and friends. The internet makes all of that really easy. Email, blog, Gchat, facebook, etc. I’ll also talk on the phone once in a while.

    As far as the winter months go, I think I’ll either head south (United States) or store the RV long-term and sublet apartments, or fly off to another country that is a little warmer. I’ll figure that all out when I get to Delaware in October.

    I’ve been putting in about 3-5 hours of work per day on average. Living in an RV and being new to a city present me with a whole additional set of chores and inconveniences that take up a decent amount of my time. I’ve also been trying to do as many fun things as I can, so I’m usually feeling pretty pressed for time.

  3. Cameron says:

    If you do end up going to Minneapolis, I’d love to see your RV setup. I also have a lot of questions! It’s been a goal of mine for a couple months now. I’m in the process of selling everything I own and setting up an online/nomadic revenue stream.

  4. Tommy says:

    Cameron-

    I’ve got to decide where I’m going to spend the month of September. Torn between Vancouver, BC and Minneapolis. I’ll keep you posted!

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