We moved from the prologue to Chapter 1 on July 2nd, 2018 with the purchase of a 2018 Holiday Rambler Navigator XE 35E. This event moved us from learning in our travel trailer to starting our nomad story.
You might be wondering why we call chapter 1, Tyro. If you do not know, Tyro means “a beginner or novice”. When we were looking at used RV to start chapter 1, Neva thought it would be a good name for our first RV we would use for our nomadic journey. We thought to get a used RV use it for some period of time and then get our longer-term RV. Well through a serious fo serendipitous events we ended up with a new RV that we plan to use for the foreseeable future. While we would be a novice for a while, we thought our RV would outlive the beginner phase. When we settled on the concept of sharing our story in chapters, Tyro made perfect sense for the name of chapter 1.
The rest of 2018 was mostly used to shakedown and warranty repairs. We took two weeks of camping in a couple of locations to get to know the RV and build our punch list for repairs. We had warranty repairs performed.
We did take our first extended trip and this included almost a week of boondocking. The focus of the trip was to attend NomadFest in Wellington, TX. This was a great event to meet many nomads and to experience our first rally. In December we took the RV to the Port Charlotte, FL area for some boondocking on public land, experienced our first lot-docking at Cracker Barrel, and then spent Christmas in an RV Park. As season ticket holder of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this schedule worked out to attend the games.
2019 started with going to the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa Florida. We got to spend time with many of the nomads we met in 2018. We spent much of the spring at #NanoRVPark. We took a trip to the Vortex Spring and then to Gulf State Park. Gulf State Park is one of our favorite places to visit. We had an incredible trip that took us from Florida to Colorado.
We spent a week at the Xscapers Convergence in Salida, CO. We also spent about a week in other locations in Colorado. Since we needed to be back in the Tampa Bay area form my Mom’s Birthday, we ended up going over 4,000 miles and 13 states in 30 days. It was an incredible trip.
In December we stayed on public land boondocking and then stayed at an RV Park for the Christmas holiday. Again football had a lot of reasons for us being in the Tampa Bay area. We took the RV to the last two games to tailgate.