Let me try to describe to you our departure from Charleston:
HOW I IMAGINED OUR LAST DAYS: U-haul packed, sun shining, hanging out with friends, saying goodbyes without anxiety, enjoying our family the last hours, sipping wine and dancing.
REALITY: Things just falling out of every crevice of our home, stuff everywhere, packing for hours and it looking like no headway was made, 10,000 trips to the dumpster so our neighbors wouldn't curse us for months, kids bored out of their mind, my emotions all over the place, people stopping by to say bye and not being able to concentrate because I was worried about packing and getting out, reckless giving away of our lives, our kids not getting to say goodbye to our home because they were so bored they went to my sisters and we didn't think of it until they were gone.
Have any of you been here before? I swear it was like I was pregnant. I can't even describe to you my mood swings-- I would feel exhaustion, excitement, sadness, happiness and grouchiness-- FULLY feel all of these things in a 2 minute span. I have no idea what was going on and I apologize to anyone who was lucky enough to be there to experience it.
IT. WAS. NUTS.
But, we did it.
WE PUT OUR WHOLE LIVES FOR THE LAST 33 YEARS PLUS OUR BUSINESS INTO A 6 x 12 TRAILER.
That's right. This is it. Our WHOLE lives in this trailer. Everything else is gone.
AND IT IS LIBERATING.
(Well, now it is that it is done.)
We completed this task last night around 11. We thought we would be on the road around 4 and make our first ambush in Charleston. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Am I on drugs? I always think I can do things faster and better than I can. When will I learn?
So, imagine our emotions when we finally finished, navigated our minivan to back up just right so the hitch would match up perfectly to the trailer, hooked everything up and started to pull away from our home.. the place we started our family, truly became a part of the community and started a business. Tears were flowing while smiling for what is to come.
AND THEN WE PULL OUT ON THE ROAD AND THIS HAPPENED:
Well, you can't actually see.. BUT, our U-Haul came unhitched, pulled away from the car and tore the electrical apart in the process. Our house is right behind us in the picture... literally 100 feet away.
All I could do was laugh. Another extreme emotional swing---I laughed hysterically as Bob stepped out to assess the situation.
And then you know what happened? A man in a huge white truck stopped. At first I thought he might kill us because I watch too many CSI shows and/or read CNN fanatically. But, it turns out that he is just a really nice guy who wanted to help. (There are still those people out there? Yes, there are... contrary to what CNN tells you). It was almost like God sent him because knew almost everything about what was going. A common problem, he said. Bob was relived to hear that. The good samaritan even cut new electrical and rewired the lights. Who is this guy? And then, he re-hooked everything up and sent us on our way. We had no cash on us and he had no kids (I offered him clothes and even a GIANT stuffed mickey mouse...) I did get his name, though-- Stephen Loadholt.
IF YOU ARE IN CHARLESTON AND KNOW STEPHEN LOADHOLT OF WEST ASHLEY GIVE HIM A HUG OR FIND HIM A WIFE.
And so, at midnight we departed. We drove 30 minutes north to Summerville and spent the night at my sister's house. And, since Bob works today (he was going to work out of a coffee shop in Asheville if things went how we planned) we had to stay at my sisters for him to get work done and are leaving officially in the next few hours.. perfect beginning if you ask me.
THE GOOD NEWS:
HAWK's HAUL ACROSS AMERICA IS ABOUT TO START. OH YEAH!!!
Have you shared? Have you entered? We are headed near Asheville today and to Nashville tomorrow. Will we ambush you?
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:
So, TODAY we leave for our journey....and NOW is the time to enter so we can AMBUSH YOU!!
BIGGER CITIES BEING STORMED BY US:
- Asheville, NC
- Nashville, TN
- St. Louis, MO
- Kansas City, KS
- Denver, CO
- Boulder, CO
- Cheyenne, WY
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Reno, NV
- San Francisco, CA
(BUT DONT FORGET THOSE LITTLE CUTE CITIES IN THERE TOO!!)
AND YOU CAN BE A BIG WINNER ALONG THE WAY!!!
1. BECOME A FAN OF neve / hawk on FACEBOOK
2. COMMENT ON OUR PAGE -- include your town on/near our route and what you love about neve / hawk! **REMEMBER: IT DOESN't HAVE TO BE ONE OF THE BIG CITIES.. Are you off our path at all??**
3. FOLLOW OUR BLOG DAILY TO SEE IF YOUR NAME WAS DRAWN. IF IT IS, WE GET TO AMBUSH YOU AT YOUR HOME WITH neve / hawk GOODIES!!!
OR: (Best option not on route)
FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM , Twitter, or Facebook and spread the word via those outlets. Every time you share, your name will go into a drawing and a person a day on our trip will win $50 credit to our online store!
Be going about your day in one of these towns and maybe we will ambush you on the street!
--Follow our trip on all of these outlets as well and get funny stories on our blog. We may even add coupon codes in there for those who are actually reading. *sneaky witch laugh*--
SO GET TO ENTERING AND SPREADING THE WORD PEOPLE!!!
'Till next update....