We departed the RV park in College Station, TX the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4, and arrived at our new digs in Bemidji, MN that Saturday afternoon. Our departure was a bit later in the day, by the time we loaded the truck with our belongings from the rental travel trailer. Besides that, we weren’t in a hurry. We drove each day until we decided we’d best look for a hotel for the night. We ended up staying in Ardmore, OK; Emporia, KS; Sloan, IA; and Fargo, ND.
We were fortunate to have no issues on the road, although the wind was incredible every day. One day it was headwind, the next tailwind, and so on each day. We were sure glad it wasn’t a crosswind! We were able to find lodging every night with parking to accommodate our truck and U-Haul trailer within walking distance to restaurants.
The AmericInn in Fargo was our fave of the trip. They boast of being “Rated the Best Hotel in North Dakota.” I have no arguments with that! Flipping through the cable channels, we found the move Fargo. Even though we’d seen it before, you know we just had to watch it being where we were!
After unloading and dropping off the U-Haul trailer Saturday afternoon, the process of unpacking and setting up our new home began. All the boxes are gone now, and we’re awaiting delivery of some furniture tomorrow.
We’re in a 55+ community, each building being a 4-plex of townhomes. Ours is a 2-bedroom unit.
The Monday after our arrival found us at the Ford dealership. One of the truck batteries had gone bad and, while that was being addressed, we decided to look at cars while waiting. We had plans to downsize in the near future, as we no longer needed our Beast – a Ford F-350 1-ton diesel – since we no longer had to tow an RV. Well …
Our “new to us” ride, a 2014 Ford Edge Sport with low miles
After about 5 hours at the dealership, we had negotiated an excellent trade-in value on our truck (everybody wanted the Beast) and a whopping deal on this Edge. I had been doing research for a while on the Edge and a Honda CRV, with the Edge having … pardon the pun … an “edge” over the CRV. The Beastie here has all sorts of electronic gizmos and systems, and I still need to get the owner’s manual out and spend time with it. For now, I’ve got down the basics – syncs my phone, plays my Pandora, I know about the basic computer screens and systems, and can get us around. It has heated seats and a sunroof. I’ve never had a sunroof (and that feature wasn’t a factor in our decision), but it might be nice in the climate here. Personally, a sunroof in Texas just doesn’t make sense. Anyhoo, it’s fun to drive and handles well. We certainly didn’t anticipate making a car deal on our 2nd full day here, but there it was, and we won’t have to do it in the future. Cross off one item on the “to do” list!
Requisite “touristy” photo with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
We both started back to work on Saturday, and are settling into a bit of a routine once again. I don’t think either of us would trade the years we spent full-timing in our RV, but this is a welcome change. Everything here is nearby – a nice walk or short drive.
I step out on the porch in early mornings and smell pine trees. Eagle makes morning rounds, and gulls (yes, gulls because of Lake Bemidji), ravens, and Canada geese are seen and heard throughout the day. I saw a fox and a deer in the field nearby last night.
It’s such a relief to be in a small town and closer once again to Mother Nature. My stress level has diminished greatly over the past week.
Evening view from my home office
More later as we explore and settle into our new hometown!
Thanks for stopping by! Be careful out there, okay?