It's also been great reconnecting with friends and although everyone thinks RVilla is lovely, their reactions have ranged from, "Beautiful, but there's no way I could live in something this small." to a nostalgic remembrance of many happy years of RV'ing.
One of the most important decisions has been which bikes we take with us and the amount of associated gear, and thus weight, in the truck. Remember, we were a family with one car and four bicycles. We pretty much have a bike for almost any type of terrain. My husband's personal favorite is his touring bike and it was with a heavy heart that he made the decision to return it to storage and focus instead on his mountain bike and road bike. I am so proud of him, this decision did not come easily. My bike will stay in storage as well for now to give my hip more time to heal. We'll be back in January and will reassess at that time.
We also purchased our Honda generators which will allow us to boondock (go off grid) for extended periods. We'll be able to go to more remote places and not have to spend money on camping as we'll have a way to power the RV. We'll also have an extra 14 gallons of water. Our biggest tie to civilization will be having to find a dump station as our grey and black tanks will fill up. Oh well....on to our next adventure. Looks like we're heading to California shortly so more on that later.