My plan was to take a week-long local trip to see how well Dod accommodates two people and a dog. Also, I wanted to find out what necessary items might have been overlooked in our packing.
Well, I've always said that my plans are subject to change. DJ is leaving today to visit her sister in Pendleton, OR and will be gone for about a month. Now instead of a local shake-down trip Jesse and I will take off on a 1,000 mile trip and pick up DJ in Pendleton! Everything considered, I think this is a very good thing.
The new goal is to reach Pendleton, OR in mid July. This puts me on a tight schedule to finish my "to do" list for Dod. I want to leave around the 1st of July to allow myself 2 weeks to leisurely travel up the coasts of California and Oregon, boondocking all the way. One of my concerns about having DJ along on my journey was that I did not want to put her through any major mishaps along the road. I am both an optimist and a realist. While I don't expect any problems, I know they can occur and I will be much more comfortable handling any set backs if I am alone. A shake-down trip of 1,000+ miles should provide ample time to check out Dod for problems and make any necessary upgrades and repairs.
While in Oregon, we are invited to boondock at DJ's sister's house. We can take short trips from there and then begin a longer trip around the northwest and then on to Mexico hoping to make a border crossing some time around October 1st.