Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Move Odyssey: The Little Plan That Could

More than 4 months past our original move date and we're finally almost ready to move to Colorado. I'll leave the reasons for why it took us so long for another post. When I get over how ticked I am...someday. For now lets just say that it has to do with a scumbag neighbor who sold us a truck that blew up.

We bought a pair of old travel trailers and refurbished them, and packed every ounce of our stuff that we're taking into them. They're jammed full with barely enough room to move, let alone sleep.

The idea is that our roommate CK will drive the Dodge pickup with our heavier, larger trailer and Quantum will drive the Blazer with CK's smaller lighter trailer. 

We're giving our T-Bird to my niece, and thanks to confusion and procrastination on our parts and possibly my brother's also, my brother still hasn't picked up the car and gotten it up to GA.  And since the tags run out at the end of the month and we're concerned it'll get towed, we've decided that I'll drive it to Atlanta. And of course in the packing chaos the title got mislaid and we had to replace that to the tune of $85 that we can't really afford to be spending. Ugh.

Quantum has put together an itinerary with detailed mileage, elevation and rest-stops. It should take us about 6 days of driving at a slow pace that will allow us to remain energized and give us lots of time to walk the puppy.

So it's me and Quantum, our cat Squeaky, our 1 1/2 year old puppy Zen in our cars, CK and his three cats in the pickup. CK has laboriously built three large travel crates for the cats, made of PVC and plastic webbing. Nice and roomy for the kitties to travel in. Naturally these never end up being used.

The next part of the plan came about due to Florida's wacky motor vehicle laws. Since both trailers were built before titles were necessary for them, neither trailer has a title, all we have are hand scribbled bills of sale. Since the FL government wants to rape their citizens for every penny possible, we're supposed to go in and get a temporary tag, bring it to a weigh station somewhere, have it inspected and then based on that, they'll decide how much they can nail us for a permanent registration. Now since the temporary tag is good for 10 days, we figure that's enough time to get to our land in CO. After all, the idea is to live in these till we can build a house. We don't ever intend to drive them again.  So why actually spend the bucks to register them?

When we FIRST planned to leave, back in April and the truck blew up, we were right in the middle of Mercury Retrograde. For those who aren't familiar with astrology, it's a time when things like travel and communication tend to screw up. We'll guess what...just as we're getting ready to leave, Mercury goes into retrograde once again (it happens about 2-3 times a year). Oh the fun.

That's the plan. And you know what they say about the best laid plans....

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