Friday, June 4, 2010

The Journey North

Well, we've arrived back in MA about 2 weeks ago. We've been getting settled in at Jim's mom's house.

The journey north was FAR LESS EVENTFUL than the trip down. Honestly, there isn't much to say about it.

We took some time planning our route. On the trip down, there were so many bumps along Rt 40 and 30 through Tennessee and Arkansas that we decided there was absolutely no way we'd ever drive on those roads again. So, to avoid them, we opted to head north first, then east. I was somewhat concerned about tornadoes as we drove through Oklahoma, but we didn't run into any. Another bonus of going this way was that there were toll roads, and from my experience, toll roads have better rest stops. We didn't have any problems finding a place to camp the night, and once we were on Rt. 90 in NY and MA the gas stations were at the rest stops, so we no longer had to get off the highway to get gas. Oh, and we also got to avoid Hartford, CT, which has at least one bridge with a height of 13' 7".

We drove north through Texas, into Oklahoma, then into Missouri on Sunday—about 13 hours of driving. On Monday we drove for 18 hours, through the rest of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and into Ohio. We stopped around 2AM at a rest stop outside of Columbus for the night, then continued from Ohio, through Pennsylvania, New York and into Massachusetts—about 15 hours of driving. I'm amazed we did it in 3 days. The trip from MA to TX took us 5.

The house towed beautifully. I think the weight was distributed more evenly than it had been the previous times we towed it. There was very little bounce, and almost no sway. It was a breeze to tow. We stayed between 55 and 75 MPH most of the way, except for the occasional up-hill mountain that would slow us down when we didn't have enough momentum from the previous down-hill.

There was one little scare on a toll road in Indiana. There were no gas stations, and we were almost out of gas. Then we saw an exit, paid the incredibly expensive toll, then pulled into the gas station as the low-fuel light turned on. Phew. Speaking of gas… I kept track of how much we spent on gas this trip. To be honest, I haven't added it all up yet, but somewhere in NY I counted how many receipts we had (12) and estimated how much it cost to fill up each time ($80) and figured we'd spent around $960 at that point. Then we filled up another 3 times before we got home. So, it cost us over $1000 in gas. Ouch.

We didn't take many photos during our journey, as it rained both Monday and Tuesday, and we were concentrating mostly on just getting home. But here's a little video James took.


  1. Congrats on getting back safe and sound.

    Now that you are back you might be interested in connecting with Derek who has started a little tiny house show on YouTube. He's a cool guy, and in Mass too. You can find him at

  2. Howdy folks. It's been quite a while sense your last blog. I was wondering how you folks are doing.

  3. I found your blog today - went back to the entries where you were just thinking about doing this, and then read the whole thing. I'm so impressed with your ability to buck society's not-so-healthy norms and to see this project through. I've just bought 2 lakefront lots with a 12x14' shed in Beachgrove, Tennessee (for $3,000 - how's that for a deal :D) The shed has a loft, electricity and lighting, but that's about it. I'm hoping to turn it into a tiny house. However, after buying it we discovered the government is thinking about turning some of the lots into protected wetlands. Home improvements in Tennessee are on hold for now. Meanwhile, we're housesitting in Eastern New Mexico. This house has 450 sq ft. Quite a bit of the space is just going unused and we're feeling quite comfortable in this little space. I love living small.

    Thanks for all of your honesty and insights.

  4. Dear Fellow Tiny House Fans,

    You're all invited to a free virtual conference on Tiny Houses, VirtualTinyHouseCon #2, on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8-9 pm Eastern Time. The plan is to hold it weekly at this time, starting now. I hope you can make it! Anyone from around the world can be there - think of all the awesome people you'll meet. I'll be contacting as many people as I can and any help you feel you can provide in spreading the word is very much appreciated. It's been mentioned to me a number of times that people feel they need some advanced notice, so that might be something to keep in mind if you put up a blog post.

    I have an announcement post up here:

    All the best,
    Gregor Folouk

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