The route


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The route – 2015



  1. Reply
    La Verne Abe Harris September 4, 2015

    Hi Judy! I have been following your trip. My parents did a similar trip with their RV. The memories were the best of their lives. Enjoy! — La Verne

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols September 9, 2015

      La Verne,
      Thanks so much. We’re definitely stoking the memory banks.

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    Jim Walsh December 17, 2015

    Judy and Tom: You guys are my heroes. After visiting Glacier National Park and the Tetons numerous times, I came up with a somewhat similar plan, maybe a little smaller in scope. I took the early retirement plan a couple of months ago because, as you know, our industry is crumbling. I have to put the plan on hold for a little while because of family responsibilities but I hope to pull it off a couple of years from now. Congratulations to you both on making such a huge change for the better in your lives. It looks like you have already been to Wyoming and Montana, but I have a few suggestions for you if that would be helpful.

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols January 4, 2016

      Jim, So great to hear from you. Congratulations on the early retirement. We have loved every day of ours. We’d love to get together to share ideas. I’ll send you an email.

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    Dan Shearer February 16, 2016

    My wife would love to do what you’re doing but her husband is not a fan of long-distance driving. Maybe one trip. Really short. Some day. (I’m sure Carol will win the battle eventually.)
    Hope you’re doing well and am so glad you’re loving the journey. As for me, newspapering is still alive and even thriving in many of those little towns you pass through — and I’m glad to be part of it in Southern Arizona.
    You must stop in next time you’re through Green Valley/Sahuarita – we’re not too far south of Tucson, and the countryside is gorgeous, as you know. We’ll even let you throw a load in the washer. Free!
    All the best, and thanks for bringing us along on the trip. You two are something else…
    To all my Republic friends who can’t find me on Facebook because I’m not there (talk about a New American Nomad), you can reach me at

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      Judy Nichols February 16, 2016

      Dan, So glad to hear from you. We definitely will stop by next time through. We saw Tina over the holidays and she said you were working like crazy down there. We’d love to visit and get a little journalism fix. We’ll let you know when we’re headed that way again. As for the road: Try it. You’ll like it. We’re loving the wide open spaces. We don’t usually drive very far at a time. More hiking and exploring than driving. J

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    Daniel March 15, 2016

    Kind of random, but while you were in Biloxi you didn’t happen to stop and watch a kiteboarder on a windy day did you?

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols March 15, 2016

      Daniel, Not us, but maybe one of our extended Roadtrek family.

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    Robyn March 31, 2016

    Dear Judy and Tom, Tam sent me the link to your wanderings. What a marvellous adventure, and I love your posts. I think it’s just the best way to find your country: to really feel it, smell it, touch it. Keep rambling … Cheers Robyn

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols April 3, 2016

      So great to hear from you. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. Judy

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    Janie Allen April 18, 2016

    Judy & Tom,
    What a marvelous undertaking. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.
    Clearing out one’s estate is a cleansing process — you boost my spirits as I am clearing out an estate. After six years in NC’s Triangle area, I’m returning to the DFW Metroplex. Another destination, another chapter!
    Safe journey.

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols April 19, 2016

      So great to hear from you. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. Yes, cleaning out is tough, but freeing. Good luck with the move. Judy

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    Bob Parker June 8, 2016

    Hi Tom & Judy,

    Thanks for allowing me to view your motor home this morning. I have been admiring what you are driving from afar for a long time.

    I enjoyed our conversation and hope you had a nice walk/run on our school track.

    Congratulations on your transition to “Minimal home, maximum life”.

    Best Wishes,

    Bob Parker
    Meade, KS

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols June 9, 2016

      Thanks, Bob. Meade was very accommodating to travelers. The track was great, and the city park was a great overnight stop. Glad you enjoyed seeing the van. It was great meeting you. See you out on the road somewhere! – Judy

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    Sunny Harvy June 16, 2016

    If Rhode Island is in your plans, please look us up. We have plenty of space in our driveway for a night or two with lots of scenic places nearby to visit!

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols June 16, 2016

      Sunny, Thanks so much. We’re not getting all the way to Rhode Island this trip, but I’ll put it on the bucket list. – Judy

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    Vicki and Chuck Wynne July 7, 2016

    Hi Judy and Tom
    We were thinking about you wondering where you are today? We hear you visited Rantoul. What did you think of it?
    Hope you are living your dream, know we are thinking of you guys!
    Vicki and Chuck

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols July 10, 2016

      Vicki and Chuck,
      We had a wonderful visit with Jeff and Koleen, and Ellie and Lawrence Roessler. We drove past Hank’s place on Illinois Drive and Ober’s and Rosie’s and then cruised Englewood Drive. There was a sweet old man waving from Leo’s window. Very nostalgic. We thought Rantoul looked better than the last time we were there, but people were mourning the upcoming closing of Ott’s.

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    Tim Woody March 30, 2017

    I just learned about your blog. I’m envious! I worked with Judy at the Republic in 1986, and with Tom at the Mesa Tribune in 1988. If you guys ever drive up the Alaska Highway (and you should), get in touch. I’ve lived in Anchorage for the past 20 years.

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      Judy Nichols April 16, 2017

      So good to hear from you. Alaska is on the bucket list. Next year, we’re probably heading to the Northeast. But someday, we’ll get up your way. Judy

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