Date: 2005-09-08 21:50:00
Tags: travel, usa
on the road again

We're finally on the road. The house is empty (it's still on the market!), some stuff has been shipped to my parents in Canada, the car is packed to the gills, and the new cruise control system is working great.

We spent last night in Houston (actually near Conroe) at Amy's dad's place. Tonight we're staying at Amy's friend Shannon's place in Dallas, where they have a fast fiber connection to the net.

I don't think it's really hit me yet, that I've actually left Austin, without plans to come back. Before it does, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a bunch of people who deserve it. In no particular order:

I'm going to miss everybody who I've met over the last several years in Austin. But I would rather look forward to the future than dwell on the past. I'm really looking forward to this road trip, I'm looking forward to spending a couple of months in Canada, and I'm definitely looking forward to starting a new life on the other side of the planet with Amy.

We will try to keep the maps page updated as often as possible, so you can follow our journey! We will also be updating our respective journals with stories from our trip.

Travel safe!

I remember having dinner with you the night you arrived in Austin. Feels like yesterday and two lifetimes ago at the same time. Best of luck.
remember you can drop an email if you need a place to crash in the SF Bay Area
Thanks, we will!
If you are headed for Victoria, I hope you'll stop in, say "hi" and introduce me to Amy. I'd love to meet her!
Headed for? Of course! We're going to arrive there mid-november, and stay there for probably two months or possibly more while all our New Zealand paperwork goes through. So yeah, we'll definitely stop by. :)
You are doing a magickal thing. You are embarking on an adventure that most people keep at arm's length because of fear. You are "doing" and "being" instead of just "thinking" or "dreaming".

My trips and adventures are small by comparison. Yet, they have created huge and amazing changes in my life. And there's more to come (I'm moving away from Austin [again!], as well, in the next couple of weeks). And I'm looking forward to the changes it will create and encourage.

Embrace the Chaos. :-)
One of the most common questions we get asked when we tell people that we're moving to New Zealand is, "why?". I haven't figured out a really good answer to that, but I usually just say "To live there". So many people think it's outside the realm of possibility to move wherever they want. It's outside their comfort zone.

Chaos is being good to us right now.
When they tell you about their jobs, their homes, and their families, ask them, "Why?" See if they have an answer. Most don't; you do. :-)

Peace and long life for both of you.
Greg Hewgill <>