In the past four days I have experienced two firsts while traveling with my Roadtrek. I know it might not be a big deal to others but each time a new experience happens to me, it is exciting and fun.
I camped for two nights at Linkletter Provincial Park outside of Summerside on Prince Edward Island. When I pulled in I noticed another Roadtrek. Later in the afternoon after a walk, I decided to be brave and go over and say hello.
Barbara is the first solo woman Roadtreker I have met, on-the-road, since I have owned my cute little SS Agile. We hit it off right away. We did not feel committed to do everything together but when we did meet up it was delightful and fun. Barbara sold her house and is traveling for six months every year in her Roadtrek and spending the winter in Florida. We took some time to have a glass of wine and compare our Roadtreks.
I helped her figure out how to run her DVD player. Through our comparisons of our units I learned some things I did not know. That is certainly not unusual as I am still learning so much.
What I learned from Barbara was a different way to live in an RV. Since I part-time it, I think that when I travel, I need to see as much as possible. I am up early in the morning and often, am gone all day. Very rarely do I stay in the same campsite for more than a few nights. Barbara will stay for a week or more in the same area. She often won’t get going until later in the morning. Some days she doesn’t sightsee but takes care of personal matters.
When I told her that there were some nights I was road weary she asked “do you move every night?” My answer was yes. On my way back west I am planning to stay more than one night in the same site. It may only be a few nights but I bet it will help stop the weariness of driving solo.
The other new adventure for me is that I am now totally boondocking for the first time on this trip. I was following this beautiful river north and west in New Brunswick, Canada when I happened upon a wonderful covered bridge. Now this is not just any covered bridge but is the longest covered bridge in the world. It is 128 feet long. It is located in Hartland, NB on the St John River. And, I love covered bridges.
After successfully driving through the bridge, I stopped at the visitors center and asked about a place to camp. I was told that I could camp in the parking lot behind the visitors center. I found a great spot looking over the river, with a view of the covered bridge and set up camp for the night. I feel so good about this and am rather proud of myself, one that I asked and two that I decided to take a chance and camp in a different way than I have before. Now I am watching the sun set over the covered bridge as eagles fly by. I like this.
I know that many of you already have encountered these experiences but for me both these events were new and I am pleased to have met Barbara and proud of myself for being brave and camping a different way than I have before.
It is not always easy to travel solo. I have to make all the decisions and know they are the right ones. I need to make sure I feel safe no matter where I decide to camp for the night. In the past I have pulled out of campgrounds because they didn’t feel right. I am responsible for everything that occurs for me and Miss Elsie the cat. It does not overwhelm me, I feel it is more a part of the whole package, no matter how I am traveling or living. After living with Jim for twenty-one years, this is a new experience, all over again.
I and many other women and men, are proof that traveling solo can be done and it is being done every day. I enjoy meeting up with solo travelers. I believe that because we are alone many of us are willing to extend ourselves a bit more than if we were traveling with someone else. If I did not put myself out there to meet others and try new things, I think I would become bored with my own company.
The main benefit of traveling solo is that I can stop where ever I want. I can go to stores and markets, and no one is impatiently waiting for me to finish. Jim was not a shopper. Since I practice a lot of photography I can stop as often as I want and take photos of the wildlife.
There are advantages and disadvantages to all of life, on the road or at home. At times, I sure would love a second driver. I miss the companionship most. It is nice that campers and people I continue to meet along my travels are so nice and willing to extend themselves.
Life continues to be an adventure in learning.