Heading West

It’s the first of May. And we are officially starting our trip, from the Easternmost point in the United States. Since we have come from the “Orient”, or the East, in Hong Kong, it seemed perfect for us to start on the East of the United States.

This morning, in Lubec, Maine, we were the first people in the country to see the sun rise. It was stunning.

Lighthouse at Quoddy Head State park

When we woke up this morning, it was 1 degree outside! Our sleeping bags are definitely earning their keep. We’re pretty sure that we’ll be missing this brisk weather when we’re sweating in the Arizona desert; but it has made the start of this trip a little chillier than expected.

(The British influence is coming out as I feel the need to report on the weather!)

We have already spent a couple of nights camped out in the Defender. We’ve heard of people who have lived out of their cars for years at a time… and we’re definitely not pros yet! We’re still trying to figure out what should go where, on the roof, in the back, or under the seas to make sure that the most frequently accessed stuff is easy to get our hands on. Luckily we have had ideal conditions without rain or wind making things too interesting; but it’s an difficult task trying to get water and power and food and light all going before the sun goes down.

Famous Maine Lobsters

From Maine, we will head down to Boston, Rhode Island and then Connecticut. We have already driven through some beautiful scenery in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, so our list of visited states is off to a good start.

We’re beginning to see some of the diversity and extremes of this country. There’s still snow on the ground in some higher hills, while it’s grilling and sunbathing weather further South. From the wide, industrialised highways to the narrow dirt tracks on the edge of the country, our Land Rover is taking us to this nation’s four corners.

From East, now we’re on our way South. We really don’t know what to expect… sitting watching the beautiful sunrise, we’re dreaming of the months ahead. Louise already has some opportunities to play music in NYC and    further south. We’re dreaming up some creative projects, but lets see where the road take us…

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