All roads lead through Kansas City. Or at least that’s how it’s looking on my travel map for the rest of the year. My travel map. I’m actually going to be starting to travel, wow.
Bluffton, SC to Madison, SD – through Kansas City. Madison, SD to Coffeyville, KS – through Kansas City. Coffeyville, KS to Wisconsin Rapids, WI (where my parents live) – through Kansas City. Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Quartzsite, AZ (maybe, this one is still up in the air and probably won’t happen till the beginning of January) – through Kansas City. If you enter the addresses into Google maps it looks like a misshapen star, uneven points jutting out from the boarder of Kansas and Missouri.
One of yesterday’s tasks was creating this map, so that I can see exactly how much driving is in my future. It’s a lot. Really, I’m going to be, for the most part, a slow traveler. I’d prefer to go just a couple hundred miles in a day and then stop for a while to soak up the sights as I meander on down the road. This keeps you from burning out, and saves money on gas.
But I thought getting to SD to establish residency before I started working in Kansas was probably a good idea, so that SC doesn’t try to claim taxes from the money I’ll be making there. I mean I’ll be having to pay KS tax money on those earnings anyway, having to pay two states would be rubbish.
Whether this method will actually keep SC off my back once January rolls around remains to be seen. I am seriously contemplating hiring a tax preparing person (what do you call those?) come the beginning of next year for the first time ever because I’m not too sure how all that stuff works for full-timers, and unlike with a lot of the other RVing prep work that I have been doing, failing to do taxes right could actually have some pretty serious consequences.
Now on to the actual topic of today’s missive, which is another list! Woo! Lists, exciting! Okay fine, not really exciting, but still very helpful when you’re planning to do something big and complicated and amazing. As soon as I heard back from Amazon I started working on a list of things I needed to do to get from living stationary in my RV to traveling full-time in it. This would be what I came up with:
Finish minor RV repairs (riveting, gray tank vent pipe, make sure hitch works properly)
Decide on a mail forwarding/residency solution
Figure out routes and rest stops along the way
Research health insurance through ehealthinsurance.com
Research full-timers policies for truck and RV
Make an estimated cost sheet for all of these things
Those were the big ones. If this list looks short to you that’s because it kind of is. Since I’m living in the RV already I got a lot of necessary stuff done before I moved into it, consider this phase 2. The list for Phase 1 can be found back here.
I also picked which campground in Kansas I was going to be staying in right away since earlier reservation means a better spot. Also once Julie and Fish move out and shortly before I leave I’m going to do a full clean of the Casita, vacuum and scrub everything down before I go.
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Oh, for anyone who is interested, my race went well! The temp was a relatively cool (for SC in July) 80 degrees, and I finished the 3.1 miles with a time of 37 minutes and 41 seconds. Like I said, I’m a jogger, not a runner.
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