Day 4-Arrival, shopping-planet fitness

Today is January 5th, yesterday I arrived in Grand Prairie TX. I found Trader’s Village, it wasn’t hard to miss as it takes up square miles of space. It’s huge! I picked up receipt and went to my space. I unloaded all of the flea market stuff. I found it left ample room so I could sleep in the Trailblazer at night. I can’t afford motel rooms. Finances are extremely tight and I’m hoping to make up some of the road expenses at the market today.

I left the market and went to Kohl’s. I’m fortunate tio have a store charge card there. When I was hurt in April 2013 I lost most of my credit in the first few months. I was in need of some new shorts, pants and shoes. I bought 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pants and 1 pair of shoes. I went from size 42(very tight at one time) down to a comfortable size 38 in the past 7 1/2 months, Total weight lose of over 45 Lbs. Still working on losing another 35 to get to 175.

When I left Kohl’s I went to Planet Fitness here in Grand Prairie. The staff at the counter, Miriam and Noah were very helpful and quick to get to customers. This particular Planet fitness appears to be very busy compared to others I’d been to. I took a much needed shower and headed to the massage table and hydro massage bed. I felt pampered by the time I was done there.

Home depot was just around the corner and I need to stop for plexiglass and material. I want to make a pegboard stand and some kind of covering for the rings I’ll be selling at the market today.

I left Home depot and went and found a safe spot to park and sleep for the night. It’s already 6:30am and I need to get to the market to set up.

Until tomorrow be safe.




Day 2 and 3 – Family and Long Drive

The days have blended together. Today is January 4, 2019. Keeping this short today.

On Wednesday the 2nd I stayed in Columbus,It was one day longer than I had planned. It was spent with the family and we finished the day with a pizza party.

Thursday the 3rd. I meet up with my sons Cameron and David, David’s better half, Brittany, and my grandson’s Krystofer and Jacob. I was treated to breakfast by David.I said my final goodbyes, went to the grocery store and filled the gas tank.  There I saw my son Cameron and daughter Brittany. Said good byes once again and hit the road bound for Grand Prairie TX and a long drive.

Family is very important to me. It was a hard decision to go on the road and be so far away from them. This past September I discovered I have a toxic level of mold in my body. The best way to detox is to get to dry climate for 6-9 months. Thus the reason I’m going to the southwestern United States. I’ll write more on this in the coming weeks. Having stayed an extra day with family was needed. I wish it could have been longer.

I called Traders Village in Grand Prairie and reserved a space. They advised me that it would be best if I was able to pick up my receipt by 5:00pm Friday. To make it by 5pm I’d have to travel 1000 miles in 28 hours, No problem, I let my skills as a former truck driver kick in. I checked Gas-buddy for cheapest gas along the route to Grand Prairie, TX

At the end of the long drive I had stopped a total of 4 times, 3 for gas and one was to check Gas Buddy again. I made awesome time not stopping much, I drove an average of 250 miles each leg of the journey. The last leg was through Arkansas. I hit the storm and drove through it like it wasn’t there. Is it possible I missed driving the past 5 years since I was put on disability?

I’m near Leary TX at a Love’s Truck stop enjoying a senior cup of coffee at McDonald’s as I write this. This is a nice truck stop. It’s well maintained and has all he amenities one needs while on the road.

I’m going to finish the trip to Grand Prairie, pick up my receipt, head to the hardware store for plexiglass and 2×2 to make make shift display case for the rings I sell and maybe make up a standing peg board. All depends on how much I have to spend to make both happen. I also need to find a Kohl’s and get some new pants. All I own are falling off me. I’ll write soon on how my diet has gone and what I’m going to do while on the road to keep the weight down. I’m down below 210 now. I lost 45 lbs in 7 1/2 months and feeling great.

Until the next time, be safe.

Day One- A New Blog

A new blog.

Today is January 2, 2019. I’ve started a new journey. I left my apartment of nearly 5 years New Years Eve and hitting the road .  I’ll be traveling across this great nation of ours blogging about my Journey and other topics near and dear to me.

Each day I intend to post a summary of the previous day. I’ll also do post about some of my stops along the routes I’ll be traveling . Having crisscrossed across and up and down the Interstate system in a semi over a million miles I saw many places I wanted to visit. Time constraints or the size of the semi prevented it.

Side note: I am not nor do I claim to be a professional writer. If you find mistakes please ignore them unless you would like to become my personal editor. There would be no pay, I’m a difficult person to work with and you have to be able to edit it on a minutes notice.  The positive would be I’d be very grateful for your help. If you exist please contact me. LOL

In addition to my travels some of the things I’ll be blogging about in real time and/or spare time:

Historical Sites
Flea Markets I’ll be setting up at
Eating on the road (low cost)
Keto diet (Saved my life)
Free or low cost camping alternatives
and much more.

Yesterday was spent resting up, getting a new hitch carrier assembled and put on my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, watching Ohio Sate in the Rose bowl from the hospital I went to have a seriously pinched finger looked at and cleaned. I couldn’t remember the last time I had a Tetanus shot so I got one while there.

I was going to leave today for Grand Prairie TX where I’ll be setting up at Traders Flea Market this coming weekend on Saturday and Sunday. It’s about 1060 miles from where I’m at in Columbus Ohio.  If I left today I would only travel about 350 miles a day and had extra time for sightseeing. I decided to spend one more night here with family. We’re Having a Pizza party. I’ll have to travel 530 miles average on Thursday and Friday. It’s a little less then the 700 mile days I had driving semi on long hauls.

That’s it for today. Happy New Year’s everyone.