Two Years on the Road, a Few Retrospectives

It is 2:30 Saturday afternoon, and I am still at the country crossroad near Bridgeville, DE, where I stopped yesterday afternoon. 

I slept in, nurtured by the subtle colors of the sound of rain. 

I did a little matchmaking:  I wrote a lightly persuasive email to a friend suggesting I knew a good woman who might be good for him—a woman who deserves a man as good as he is.

I opened an email from Sgt. Brandi and saw he enclosed the screenplay adapted from his books about his experience as a warrior.

I made Sunday breakfast a day early—three eggs over easy, fries of potatoes, onions, and peppers.

I thought about some of the ancient (fifty-, sixty-, seventy-, and eighty-year) family history from the memories of cousins Stan and Bob, who I visited with for the first time in forty years.

I thought about some topics—possible blog posts—that fit brooding philosophers more than carefree gypsies:  Optimism, Truth, Family Dramas.

I thought about two men I’ll see next week, one not seen for forty or so years.

I thought about the date of October 8th, when it will be two full years since I cast off my Alameda docking lines for a presumptuous Year on the Road. 

And how I’ve been changed by those two years. 

How the notion of Home, House, and Place has changed.  How Simplicity and Frugality, once abstract and not particularly desirable concepts, have become solid cornerstones for a life format I never imagined could offer so much.

I thought about how I’ve become even more rich and streetwise.

And I thought about the next year, a year less predictable and more promising than most of the years of my life.

How was your day?

15 Responses to Two Years on the Road, a Few Retrospectives

  1. Sheila Bali says:

    Al, I first wanted to say hello, then to add how poignant your words are. Wisdom comes with years and you, my friend, are brave to travel far and wide. Continue living thirsty.Travel safe. It’s great to see you looking well.

    • allevenson says:

      Nice to hear from you, Sheila. I remember our lovely conversations at the writers’ retreat a year ago.

      Wisdom is much too heavy duty a word to apply from my few, surprisingly simple insights of the last couple of years.

      I can tell you this. In a life that counts scores of happy years, none have been happier than the two most recent.

      Best regards,

  2. alan says:

    Always good to get your “terra firma” updates!
    You look good tho not like the yacht broker that sold me my TRITON!
    You might find it interesting to know that 2 years ago I received a very humble e-mail from Mexico City inviting me down to meet her and her family as she thought I was her FATHER!!!
    I went and the events in the last 2 years Al are tantamount to setting sail for the first time on the Triton!! Awesome! I met my daughter ( now 49) and brought her to FTL and we had DNA tests. The results were 99.99999999% that I was the father of the “baby”!!!
    I am still trying to broker yachts in FTL after a year of teaching english in Mexico. Planing, after the “Countess”,sells, on building a house with my daughter way outside Mexico City on a property we just bought. Nothing but cactus as far as you can see-NO salt water!
    There will always be a spare “recamara” for old buddies.

    • allevenson says:


      Great story about re-connecting with your daughter.

      Thanks for the offer of a bunk. If you build a 30′ driveway, I will bring my own bed and rolling casita.

      See ya, one of these days


  3. David L says:

    Tomorrow I’ll have three eggs over easy and onions and peppers with my fries and see what it does for me. It’s interesting, as we get older, that the earlier accroutrement we hungered for so, is no longer important. And personally, I would categorize some ot the insight you cite as well seasoned wisdom as what else would wisdom be.

    I like the photo – serves your earthy and highway-spun parables right – though I would want to confront the guy wearing that grimace in a late-night dark alley. Live, live my friend, the alternative is not quite tolerable, and you seem to excel at the former.

  4. David L says:

    Well, it’s late and you will need to read through the mistakes.

  5. Bill & Rebecca says:

    It looks like you are thinking too hard and not enjoying your words (the picture). I remember a easy going, quick to smile or laugh broker.

    We will be heading to FL next month for our winter retreat. We now own two neighboring houses in our summer vacation community in VA. At seventy-one I just enjoy the mechanics of fixing up and travelling. Can you tell? From fixing boats to RVs to houses.

    Sail on my good friend and smile much more! 🙂

  6. MaryAnne says:

    Hi Al,
    Amazing how fast the past two years have gone as you have traversed the good ole USA. Your sharing words and experiences have stirred the wanderer in many of us to venture further than we might have. Many thank yous for all you’ve given those of us vicariously traveling in the JS.
    Thinking smaller is better as I am selling my home in CO and will be spending the Winter in AZ in my little Itasca home on wheels, as usual, and then ‘who knows?’ My options are many and you’ve given me the incentive to be open to all of them for consideration.
    Blessings to you as the 2nd. anniversary approaches and keep on truckin’ !

  7. Karen Goucher says:

    A milestone approaches…….wisdom is all encompassing a word. What word would
    be a fine alternative. Your filters are sharper, and expectations duller – life has slowed
    down and choices each day permeate without stress. The accumulation of satisfied life.

    PS Doug & Vera sold their TREK motorhome after traveling together 17+ years – a new chapter

  8. Colleen Rae says:

    Trek on Al. Congrats on approaching your second annivesary ‘on the road…’ I’m sure you have been blessed with quite a few insights and a pack of wisdom. You were always pretty sharp about others, if not always yourself. But isn’t that something all of us share?
    Wow! You do know some interesting people. The guy who met his daughter after 49 yrs! Seems like you know a goodly amount of people that went from boat traveling to RV traveling. A nice introspective blog. Thanks.
    You’ve known a slew of interesting and fascinating women. I hope I fit into that category in some way.

  9. Michael says:

    You were a topic of conversation with my wife last evening. We were set to shove off on an open ended motorhome voyage to unknown destinations last Thurs, but alas, my love went to a dance workshop Wednesday and broke her arm in two places, so she is “out of the water” for repairs.

    Getting older is a voyage, one that requires navigating new decisions, and better application of our self discipline. At least that is the current lesson here in Alameda.

    Al, you have mastered communicating with many from a felt depth in your Self, and I admire and enjoy it!


  10. Pat Bean says:

    My day was great Al. I’m now in Indiana and autumn colors are everywhere. I spent the past two night at Lincoln Trail State Park in Illinois in an awesome deciduous forest. It made me realize how more familiar I am with evergreen forests. Happy Traveling. I’ve past 8 years living in Gypsy Lee now.

  11. karen wittgraf says:

    I finally have my Internet after much suffering and money. Now I can go back and check out all of your travels. Love the picture of you, Al- and love the peace that you have found. I’m sure the coming year will be as fulfilling as the last two, learning, loving and growing. I’m anxious to read again!

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