Carrying the physical contents of our lives, each carefully wrapped, strapped, and boxed, the UHaul growls to life, takes a final slow roll down Porthole Place, a left onto Mainsail, and from there West to Wyoming.
Stephane leaves in the early hours of the morning to begin ticking off the 2,000+ miles between Suffolk and Lander. Hugo and I stay behind to wrap up the loose ends – cleaning and loading down the truck with items for our transitional time: a few weeks in Michigan followed by the Wyoming Question Mark (can we find a house before we get to Wyoming? Will we get a rental? Live in a camper? What will it be like there? Do I pack warm or cold clothes or both? And most importantly, where are my cowboy boots?)
A few days later, also in those wee morning hours, I snug Hugo up in his nest in the backseat, give Dan and Jess tight hugs goodbye (see you soon hugs, not goodbye hugs), fire up the truck and point her North to Trombley Headquarters.
And just like that, our short but intense time in Virginia is done. This brief chapter brought us so much joy, camaraderie, excitement and hope for the future with our best friends.
After twelve hours on the road, Hugo the road-trip-warrior and I pull onto Lange Street and call it day. What a pleasure to be home after all this time.
Stephane successfully delivers our belongings to Wyoming and meets us in Michigan where we purchase our new home:
After many fun family gatherings, and a few projects completed on the Grizz and truck, we are ready to hit the road and discover what Wyoming is all about! A few more goodies from our visit to Michigan: