At the end of November I got rid of most of what I owned, packed my RV with the essentials that remained and set out for my trip across America. I lived in Chicago for 7 years, the longest I have lived in any one place, so closing that chapter of my life was bitter sweet. Chicago taught me how to watch, to appreciate and to become part of the vibrant current of energy that brings the city to life. It taught me to be tough, to endure discomfort and that there is always light at the end of dark tunnels. Chicago lead me to beautiful life long friendships and opened doors in my career I never imagined existed. I will forever be grateful for that chapter in my life, especially because it is Chicago that gave me the courage to embark on my current great adventure!
The first stop on our tour was Sheridan, IL where I visited my friendly mechanics Dave & Floyd, we had a few last projects to take care of before I took to the road. Dave has three of his own GMC's and usually has multiple friends over who also own GMC's helping around the shop.
The first order of business was modifying my motorcycle hitch to be shorter in an effort to prevent the bike from sagging and putting stress on the bumper. After we cut the hitch down we realized that we were going to need to install additional steel under the vehicle for more support. Luckily Dave is great at welding and his friend Ron had the perfect size steel piece, together we made short work of the task.
I stayed with Dave for two days and slept in the RV while it was in his shop both nights. It was a relief to have this opportunity to breath after moving out of my apartment in Chicago and before I took on my first 1,000 miles to Folly Beach, SC. It also provided a good adjustment period for my cats and dogs who all had to get used to the idea of living in our scary, loud and moving new home.
In all, we fixed my back bumper that was bent out, got my generator working again and repaired a roof leak over my bed. It was wonderful to spend my last few days in the Midwest with my GMC Motorhome friends and to get my vehsel ready for the first leg of the journey!