SUNDAY! Crystal’s birthday and of course football! The patriots were playing. We were not sure where we were going to be able to see the game. Bo was able to find a bar called Live Oak in Nashville. This is where the Nashville Patriots Fan Club meets for games. It was such a fun place to watch the game. Everyone was great, the food was fantastic, and we got our very own Nashville Patriots Fan Club swag. The Patriots won so that made it soooooooo much cooler. If you are ever in Nashville during a Pats game we HIGHLY recommend going to Live Oak during the game.
The next day it finally stopped raining! We still haven’t seen the sun, and luckily, we never had to evacuate the campground. We went over to the Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. It was very interesting to see the museum and the property where the Jackson family lived. After grabbing dinner at one more BBQ place we had to say goodbye to our friends. Another piece of home was leaving us. We were sad, but excited to move on to our next destination. Ten days in Nashville went by very fast. Nashville will forever have a part of our hearts.
On to Memphis.
Our friends arrived early on Thursday morning. We were so excited to pick them up from the airport and start to explore Nashville more. It was early and we were all hungry, so we ended up at the Cracker Barrel. We brought them back to the campground to see Bella and Bentley. While we were sitting at the campground the owner came over to let us know that they are calling for 5 inches of rain on Saturday. That would mean our site will flood. He recommended we get set to leave in case the flooding is bad. We brought our friends to their hotel and came back to get everything put away and ready to leave just in case. Later that afternoon we went downtown to the Honky Tonks. We waited in line at Jacks BBQ. Little did we know this would be the start of many BBQ places this weekend.
Friday morning, they were calling for rain for the day, so we went and waited in line at a restaurant called Hattie B’s. They are known for their friend chicken. We waited in line for two long hours to place an order. The food was good but not two hours in line good. Did we mention it was raining? Once our bellies were full, we went to an old car factory turned into a retail place. We tasted moonshine there that was fabulous. Dinner that night was low key at a place called Rafferty’s.
Saturday we were so excited to have tickets to the Opry Tour. We were able to stand where every famous artist has performed. We had backstage passes to see all the dressing rooms. If you are ever in Nashville, we highly recommend the tour. We also went to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry that night, but not before having more BBQ. We went to Mission BBQ at the Opry Mills it was yummy. The Opry show was amazing. We experienced every emotion possible.
Once we knew we were going to go around the country we knew our first stop had to be Ohio to meet with our T@B friends. It ended up being our third stop since we left early but it made it feel like the final start of the trip. We were greeted by a couple next to us who were hanging out beside their T@B. We felt like we were coming home, every T@B that rolled in weather we knew them or not stopped and said hello.
We arrived on Friday, so that evening was busy catching up with old friends getting to know new friends who camp with the Ohio T@B & Friends group. Saturday, we went wine tasting at Black Sheep Vineyard. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of their wine before heading back to get ready for the potluck. We had so many camping tables lined up and full off food. The circle around the campfire (we had four propane fire pits going) kept getting bigger and bigger as more people joined. A great evening full of advice and travel stories.
We could not leave Ohio without stopping in Sugarcreek by the Nϋcamp factory where out camper is built. It was so nice to walk in and see familiar faces as well as a few new ones. They always treat you like family from the moment you walk in the door. This is what made us stay with Nϋcamp when we upgraded to our new camper the T@B 400. On our way out of town we stopped at the Dutch Valley Restaurant for a traditional Amish meal. YUM our bellies were full, and it was time to hit the road.
“You guys are brave” is what many people have told us when we talk about our plans to travel the country. To be honest, we are scared to be traveling the country. We have somewhat of a plan of where we are going but we have no dates selected. We have no camp sites booked and no idea where we will be staying night to night. We have a budget that we pray will be enough to cover us for the next six months. There are so many unknowns right now that it makes it hard for us to feel brave.
We are the type that has always had a five-year plan, paid all our bills on time, and showed up to a commitment five minutes early to be on time. Don’t get us wrong, we are extremely excited and grateful to be able to go on this great adventure but nervous as heck we might fail. The thought of failure has always been a big fear of ours.
We are learning that “with great risk comes great reward” -Thomas Jefferson
We are going to jump into this adventure with both feet and see where it takes us. Even if this adventure takes us right back home we at-least tried and that is brave.
We drove twenty miles to our first stop Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury MA. Our friend Kathy was at our bon voyage party and said she was going up to the beach for the weekend. We had no reason we could not start our trip sooner, so we did. We booked a few days in advance and were able to get a site a few over from Kathy. The morning we were leaving dad said his friend was going to be up there, so he booked for one night as well. The town of Salisbury had Salisbury Days going on during this weekend which brought lots of people to the beach. We never ended up leaving the beach, but we decided we would now call this weekend Kathy Days since we were there to see her.
We were only 20 miles to our first stop which allowed us to have visitors. We were overwhelmed by the friends and family who wanted to see us before we left. We had beautiful weather and lots of fun, but the time came, and we had to leave. Next stop Burlington Vermont.
Our first camper was a 2017 T@B 320 S by Nücamp. in June of 2017 we absolutely fell in love with her and ended up purchasing. We had been tent camping that Memorial Day weekend and decided it was not for Crystal. Our search started to find a tiny camper that could be towed behind Bo’s 2013 two door Jeep Wrangler. We went from dealer to dealer, but nothing seemed to stand out. One salesman even tried to sell us a hybrid camper which looking back on we would have never been able to pull. Once we saw the T@B we were in love! The quality and care that went into making this tiny camper we knew we had to have it. When the dealership was not very helpful to work with, we ended up canceling our deal but couldn’t stop thinking about this tiny camper. We had to “eat crow” and call back and tell them we really wanted the camper.
When the tiny T@B was purchased, we were both at a crossroad in our lives. The tiny T@B was just what we both needed. Later that year we ended up purchasing a house on Cross Road, another sign she was meant to be Cross Roads. CR is also Crystal’s initials which put the final stamp of approval that our 320 T@B was meant to be named Cross Roads.
We no longer own our 320 T@B but Cross Roads will forever be in our hearts, she was our “gateway” camper.