This fall as the hurricanes came crashing onto America’s shores, we had countless tugs coming from inside saying “GO, HELP, GIVE, BE THERE. “ We gave in small ways over the phone, but it wasn’t what we had envisioned almost four years ago when we began this journey of living and working full time in an RV. One of the first items on our Pros and Cons list that we stared at for months before we made the plunge, had “Helping victims of Tornadoes and Natural Disasters” as one of the top items in our PROS column. We’ve helped a bit and give almost everywhere we have called home, from volunteering at state parks, picking up trash, sharing time at homeless shelters, and of course assisting family and friends. However, we still have visions of being able to drop everything, pull our little roof and be at the place in a crisis when the most people need just a little love, a helping hand or a chainsaw to help clear the way to their door.
This year, as the storms found our cities, we were just in the wrong places. No! That’s not right. We were in AMAZING places and the perfect place for us. We were in the peaks of the Colorado Rockies. I think it had to be one of the best summers and early falls of our lifetime. We were exploring, hiking, discovering mushrooms, installing solar on RV’s, and so much more, but the logistics of hooking up our home and crossing the country and making our way down to Key West to help our dear friends in their time of crisis, we just couldn’t make work.
Around the first of October however another storm began brewing in the sea. Not the ocean, not down in the Caribbean like the rest of this years tropical depressions stirred, but in the sea of family. Within a phone call, we learned that the eye had landed and within a day we began the 1800 mile journey across the heartland of the country towards Tennessee. Towards my Mother. Towards a broken hip, Towards changes.
I’ll spare the details of the storm and the things that have happened since we made the pilgrimage back to the hills of Tennessee in October, but today finds us with our rolling home still temporarily in storage. We’ve moved into my mother’s house and are wrapping our love around her. Hopefully as she improves we’ll slowly move our life back into our rolling roof and continue on down the road.
Perhaps this story and its comparison to any of the 2017’s hurricanes isn’t right in some ways and we apologize if it offends any readers. But the truth is, it was our clarity and helped us as we sadly closed the door on our camper to say to each other, “This is our hurricane. We are here to help and should be grateful for this mobility in our lifestyle that can allow us to be truly present, to love without want and be in that place that needs us most.” This is also what Two Lanes of Freedom is all about!
As for 2018, oh we have lots of RV dreams. We still hope to make it down into the sunshine state to volunteer again at our favorite Hot Springs and then follow the spring flowers north and hopefully westward. Maybe Summer in Idaho, maybe in Ohio or maybe I-Don’t-Know. It doesn’t really matter, as long as we are rolling along together.
(Image in the header is courtesy of Joe Raedle/Getty Image)
How did I miss this? Your Colorado times sure were inspiring and now so is your devotion to helping your mother. We know for sure how illness can impact your travels but you’ll always be glad your heart led you to help. We send our best hopes and wishes to you and your mom.
Sorry to hear about your mother. So glad that you were able to get back there and take care of her. Perhaps we will meet sometime this year in one of the western states and go on a mushroom hunt of our own!
Great hearing from you! So happy you’ve been able to be in TN to help your Mom – what a gift! I doubt anyone was offended – as hurricanes come in lots of shapes and sizes and colors. Some are more personal and some spread far and wide. Important thing is you are taking care of yours right now! Hope our paths cross in 2018 when your Mom is well enough for you to roll down the road once more!
So glad you are able to help your Mom. What a blessing to have the flexibility to do that. Sending good thoughts and warm wishes your way.
Thinking of you guys. This year we had 4 different family emergencies and due to financial and work restraints were not able to be with the people we loved for any of them. That was brutal for me. I think the fact that you dropped everything and rushed back to be with your Mom is a testament to who you are as people. The fact that it was even possible is a blessing. The road is waiting for you when you are done and all of us who love you aren’t going anywhere either. Don’t get me wrong it’s tough when your plans get turned upside down, but God willing at our age we have lots of time and those mountains and streams will be there. Love you both and respect tremendously what you are doing.
Thank you Tracy. You are so right – those mountains and streams will be there and we have no doubt our travel trails will cross with you both again soon.
Sorry to hear about your mother. Hoping and praying for a a speedy recovery there.
The mobility offered by this lifestyle makes some things that normally would be difficult (or impossible) almost trivial by comparison. It’s not something I thought about beforehand, but in retrospect has been an enormous boon in many unexpected ways. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks. How long have you been on the road now Travis?
What a gift you are giving and receiving….will kepp your Mom in our prayers, and if you make it to FL hopefully we can connect💕
Thank you Ellen and Mario and YES!! we’ll certainly look for you guys if we make it back to the sunshine state.
If you follow your heart, you will be where you are supposed to be:o)) Not always easy, not always where you want to be…but where you need to be!! Glad to hear from you two and also to hear that Mom must be improving. We can relate first hand how caring for a parent can change your course. However, you will never regret doing this. You will learn so much about yourselves and your ability to find solutions to a very difficult situations. Just remember to take care of each other as well!!! Think of you both so often and hope our paths cross soon:o)) Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a 2018 filled with health and happiness for all of you!!
Bill and Nancy, you continue to be one of the brightest lighthouses along our path!
Nice to hear your Mom is doing better. How nice that you can be there for her. Colorado is still one of our favorite places. If you make it to Idaho we may see you there.
Idaho!!!! Lets GO!
Hey you guys, I am glad to hear that your Mom is doing better!! No greater place then to be loving on her as she recovers. I know your are glad to be with her at this time. If you are ever near the Nashville area, give me a call, as I would love to see you! Maybe when you are ready to leave, I will hitch a wheelchair on the back of the trailer and go with you! I love traveling along with you wherever you are by way of your reports. You both are so loving and kind wherever you are and not only love where you are but are concerned with other people along the road. This makes my heart even more proud to call you my friends!!! Love you both and know that my prayers are always with you and know that God blesses you daily for your hearts of love. I am praying for both of you and your mother land trust that she mends well!! Hugs and kisses!! Lois
Lois Mom has asked for the same thing hitching her wheel chair to the back. haha. Perhaps if we had you along too, it would help even the load 🙂
Hoping all is still progressing and your mom is on the mend. I know this is hard and you guys are in the right place right now. Looking forward to our wheels connecting again….hopefully soon!!
How crazy that you guys are in similar shoes at the same time Cori. We continue to pull from the fires we had together with y’all in Colorado.
Prayers for your Mother for healing! You are in the right place for right now!
Thank you Denise!
Sorry to hear about your Mother, but isn’t it wonderful you have the freedom to roll and be there for her? Wishing her a speedy recovery and hope you’ll be back on the road soon.
Yes, having the freedom is what it’s all about. Thank you Ingrid.
We love you and are praying for you both and your mom. Ron and Connie Swinehart
Feeling your love Connie and Ron!
Hoping to see you in Florida – we think of you guys often
Sharon, there is no doubt that our trails will cross again soon.