Surviving Full Time On The Road, A Day To Catch Our Breath – Day 91

Surviving Full Time On The Road, A Day To Catch Our Breath – Day 91
08 Dec

Today, it was time to take a little break, step back, and catch our breath while hanging out in Bakersfield.

When people ask us about our trip, there are usually 3 questions or topics that come up most often.

The first two are pretty straightforward. The first: What states have you been to so far? Followed quickly by: What all have you seen?

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The iconic sign of Bakersfield, California. We spent the day simply relaxing, and taking a bit of time off from both travel and sightseeing.

But the third question usually takes a different direction. And, always seems to be the one people want answered the most.

And that question is this: “Do you both ever get tired, burned out, or exhausted from being on the road full-time?

It’s actually an excellent question. And one we certainly wondered about as well before we left.

Our resting day in Bakersfield included a big thunderstorm, complete with a beautiful rainbow.

So first let’s cover our answer to the question. It is, without a doubt, a resounding “NO.” And we think it stays that way for a few very important reasons listed below.

Keeping The Trip & Us Fresh

This trip and the roads we travel never get old. And they never will. There is always something new to see in every town. And there is always something unique to experience around every corner.

But that can pose a few problems as well.

The travel could easily get overwhelming if we let it. We have covered a lot of ground in the first 90 days!

If you try to take in everything, or attempt to hit every possible must-see monument, city, or attraction along the way, you will indeed become exhausted. And you will definitely get burned out.

Almost everyone has a horror story from their past. You know – being on a vacation or trip where someone planned every minute out. Where it seemed even every second was accounted for, all in order to take in every event and sight possible for miles around.

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Sometimes, you just need to stop the drive, catch your breath, and rest for a day. The camper makes for a great place to do that!

We call it over-planning disease. And for us, that would be a recipe for disaster.

It’s okay if we can’t see everything a city or an area has to offer. We would rather spend a lot of time enjoying what we do see, and not cutting it short just to see something else.

The Trick To Staying Fresh And Enjoying The Journey

The two most important things we keep sacred on this trip are a wide open schedule, and making sure to take a “Catch Our Breath” day whenever needed.

And today, that is exactly what we are doing. We are simply two visitors to the streets of Bakersfield.

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Another look at the rainbows right after the storm. The storm flooded the town a bit, but wow were the colors of the rainbows bright!

Walking about the town. With no plan in mind. And not doing anything in particular. Except resting up, taking it easy, and having the time of our life taking in America.

Here is to taking a bit of time now and then to simply catch your breath and keep it fun. A lesson served well not just on the road, but in life as well.

And after resting up today – its on to Nevada tomorrow!

Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary


  • Day 91 of 365
  • States : 11 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 12
  • Stayed In : Bakersfield, California
  • Miles Driven : 36.5
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 9426.6
  • Total Gallons Used : 700.75
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 142.5
  • Hiking Miles : 0.0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 189.5

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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