22 September 2009 ~ 11 Comments

Itching To Get On The Road Again

On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again,
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.

Damn, I love Willie. He’s such a stud. Every time I hear that song I start itching for a road trip. But get this… I’ve never really done much traveling.  Sure, I’ve pinged back and forth along the west coast like a pinball stuck in bumpers, but I’ve never really seen much of the United States, or the world for that matter.

So, for the last few months I’ve been reliving the dream of packing up a motor home and touring the country. I just can’t stop jonesing to go do something. And I’d love to meet up with all my friends on the internet that I’ve met over the years.

However travel of this sort possesses a few problems. Problem number one is this house I live in. I love this place like no other. It’s beautiful, conveniently located on the beach, and more then I ever imagined. Leaving this place will be tough. I don’t want to do it. Yet I’m still itching to screw off and experience new stuff. Stuff like Austin Texas!

Then there’s all these material possessions I’ve accumulated.  Storing everything seems like a huge hassle. Good thing I’m not emotionally attached to most of my physical stuff.

Hardest of all is my girlfriend is not keen on the idea of aimlessly bumming around in a RV. I don’t blame her one bit. It’s just not her thing and I wouldn’t try and force it upon her.

So deep down I have this nagging urge to go do crazy adventurous stuff. But to do so means leaving so much that I’ve worked for. Damn you Willie Nelson song!  Mix in the fact that I change my mind about stuff every three hours and this travel bug is even more confusing.

I love San Diego California. Love my girlfriend and friends here. I have the greatest life of just about anyone I know. So why the hell do I always want more?

Anybody else get restless like this? I can’t be alone.

I want to snowboard in Colorado, see Glacier National Park, go to the Daytona 500, see the new Cowboys Stadium, wrestle a alligator, go back to Wrigley Field, perform magic tricks on the streets of New York, surf the East Side, and on and on and on.

Maybe I can mind melt my girlfriend to love RV-ing.  Or maybe my friends Ron & Tina Lorenz can help me hypnotize her into it. They’ve been RV-ing for some time and love it.

Ah damn you Willie Nelson song

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11 Responses to “Itching To Get On The Road Again”

  1. Erica Douglass 22 September 2009 at 6:10 pm Permalink

    Or maybe it’s a calling to get over the whole flying thing. :)

    Have you tried flying lessons? I bet there’s someplace at Palomar Airport that will give you a “test flight” (usually around $150/1 hour in the air) where you actually fly your own plane. I did some flight training in a Cessna. I get a lot less nervous on planes now.

    If you can’t find any company at Palomar, there are a bunch of companies at Montgomery Field that will do a test flight with you. Let them know your concerns up front and they will usually put one of their most experienced guys in the plane with you to help you get through it. :)

    -Erica

  2. Jason Moffatt 22 September 2009 at 7:06 pm Permalink

    Hey Erica,

    I can get over the flying when I need to. Flew to Vegas a couple months ago, and probably flying to Atlanta for the Dan Kennedy gig in November.

    However, my urge is to drive around and see everything along the way. I want to swim in 100 rivers and 100 lakes. Surf every spot available in the US. And I want to be able to travel with no real plan, but just winging it.

  3. Andrew 23 September 2009 at 1:50 am Permalink

    Do it, Do it,

    Dude you totally gotta do it. I’m planning a similar trip for the beginning of 2010 with my girlfriend. My “plan” is to eat at historic and “best of” restaurants its gonna be rad.

    I got bit with the travel bug when I went to Machupichu back in 05 ever since then I’ve been taking mini 3 month vacations and I find myself learning more about myself putting myself out of my comfort zone and I love it.

  4. Jason Moffatt 23 September 2009 at 2:37 am Permalink

    Andrew,

    If you make that trip you should create some websites around taste testing restaurants so you can “write off” most of the travel and eats on the trip as a business expense.

  5. Shane Hale 23 September 2009 at 7:55 am Permalink

    I think Couch Surfing Ori has activated the Dead Head gene in you. You need a Road Trip, I see it now… “Mofo on da Move” Where Couch Surfing Ori meets Run Tellman Run with Crazy a$$ cheesy awesome antics! Outerbanks, Hatteras is calling you ! =)

  6. Lisa 23 September 2009 at 11:45 pm Permalink

    I know exactly where you’re coming from, Jason. I suffer terrible wanderlust if I haven’t been traveling for a while and I’m trying to put things in place so I can head off around the world again next year.

    But, you don’t have to give up everything you have in order to satisfy your travel bug. Many people head off on road trips using their home as a base. Go to Austin for a few weeks and fit in everything you can along the way. Then back home for a while.

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    Lisa

  7. Tim 24 September 2009 at 4:05 pm Permalink

    Jason -

    I have had that dream. You should do it man. Many people die with regrets – don’t be one of them. One of the great things is you can still work on the road, spend 5 days traveling, two days working.

    You can do it.

    Tim

  8. Kevin 25 September 2009 at 5:32 am Permalink

    Yeah I share your dream too, why don’t you ease yourself into it ? Meaning, dont get rid of the house and all your possessions and plan a huge road trip in the RV all at once. Keep the house for now, and just get an RV or rent one and start taking small trips, get your feet wet. See if it is actually what you really want. Eben talks about people doing some emotional over-estimation and that your fantasies might not be what you think they will be. Not to discourage you at all, rather just go see if they are indeed what you think it is rather than take the big plunge and gamble that they are. So take some small road trips and see how it goes. Either you will be inspired or road weery and glad to get back home. This works both ways, maybe your girlfriend will realize she really likes it and you will have her sold on the concept also.

  9. Jason Moffatt 25 September 2009 at 5:54 am Permalink

    Yeah Kevin, I’ve been thinking that way be the best answer, just not too fond of paying over $5000 in monthly bills for a home that I won’t even be present at.

  10. CouchSurfingOri 29 September 2009 at 6:52 pm Permalink

    I like Shane’s idea of an episode :) Tell me where to show up for that one… guess we’ll ask Tellman. So… compromise with the girly– see if she would mind taking a 2 – 3 month trial riding the RV. She may end up liking it. You do have an awesome life, awesome house, awesome girl, awesome friends… but… adventure is adventure… and the more you travel, the less you want to come back… the less you come back, the more you realize that stuff is stuff, and isn’t all that important. I haven’t visited my fancy computer, nice furniture, letters, books, etc… Heck… I forget what I brought in my car sometimes. SubLease your place to your cool friends, for now.

  11. Skiptowne 5 October 2009 at 4:41 pm Permalink

    1) are you a Gemini? Are you ADHD? If so, wow. That’s where you get your energy. ;-)
    2) I would keep the house and go on a mini-adventure first…somewhere out west and see how it goes. You can make longer range plans if it feels right. You can run your biz from the road, in the meantime.
    3) I never believed that your stuff is just stuff. Well, it is, but as you get older, some of your stuff become artifacts to your past, like a trail, giving you some perspective on the present.


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