Monday, September 3, 2012

Alive & Well: The Move to California!

Knock knock! Look who's back! 

I've finally got internet now so I can post an update. The last time I posted I was leaving Huntington, West Virginia and heading west to Sacramento, California. I can tell you that we made it without any problems. 

On Friday, August 17th we loaded up the truck. We had reserved a 12 foot Penske truck and let me tell you, we used every single inch of space in that truck.The day started out really good. We were getting the truck loaded pretty quickly, securing everything down and trying to make sure that we had room for everything. We knew that the amount of space was going to be tight for everything that we were hoping to load. As the time went on, it started to rain as we were loading. Thank goodness the rain stopped after about 30 minutes. We couldn't get in some bookshelves, night stand and one other piece of furniture but I think we did pretty well for the amount of space that we had. 
 
The next morning, Saturday, August 18th we hit the road at 9:30am. When I say, "we" I mean my mom's boyfriend Shayne and I.
The first day our goal was to make it to Springfield, Missouri. I drove my car while Shayne drove the truck. We drove for around 11 hours and made it to Springfield. I was emotionally and physically exhausted because I had said goodbye to people that I loved and had been in the car for so long. 
The second day we were shooting for Amarillo, Texas. We made it in good time and we were able to have a little fun for dinner. We hit up the Big Texas Steakhouse. If you're ever in Amarillo, I recommend this place. It was a lot of fun and affordable. The food was really good too. 
The third day we made it to Flagstaff, Arizona. By this point I had acquired a sore throat. I don't know if it was from being in so many different climates so fast, the freezing hotel rooms or just being run down but I definitely caught a sore throat/head cold. 
The fourth day we made it all the way through the desert and spent the night in Bakersfield, California. I had never been so happy to make it to a hotel. The desert is NO joke people. It's hot, hot and hot! We had to stop multiple times because we were so hot. The stopping points are also really spread out from Flagstaff to Bakersfield so when you see a gas station... STOP! You might not find one again for quite a few miles. 
On the fifth day of driving Wednesday, August 22nd we finally made it to the house! We were hot, tired and still had a lot to do. My realtor Kim met us with the key and we got started on unloading the truck. 
More on the house and unpacking tomorrow! 

12 comments:

Dreams Do Come True said...

I am glad you guys made it there safe. The next time we move I will have to hire you because I have never seen someone get that much stuff in a moving truck. It would be a mess if I did it.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Glad you made it with no problems!! What a great trip (except for the sore throat!) I cannot wait to hear more.

I'm glad Josh is moving out there with you. How exciting!!!! I was wondering about that, you both seem so great together and so happy.

Deidre said...

YAY for getting there safe and sound!!! I would have been an emotional wreck too! Car trips like that are EXHAUSTING.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I'm so glad you made it here!!!! :D

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I cannot believe you did all that with NO PROBLEMS. Good job lady!

Cole said...

Hurray for making the move with no problems! :-)

Expat Girl said...

What a crazy journey, I am so glad you made it safely : )

tara said...

so glad the drive went well! hope you're getting settled and time flies until josh can be there with you!

Jax said...

Soooooo exciting!! Keep the updates coming, girl!

Amber said...

Sooo exciting! I can't wait to see all about the house. So happy you made it!

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

glad you made it safe!! yay!

Sam Morgan said...

I should have warned you about the gas stations in the desert! oops, but I'm so glad that you had no problems, and were able to see some of america along the way.