Our 5 Biggest Bloopers And Blunders Of The Trip So Far – Day 159

When it comes to making a few bloopers and blunders, we certainly can’t say we’ve escaped without a few along the way.

All in all, this trip has gone about as smoothly as we could have ever hoped for. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t made a few mistakes along the tour’s path. Some totally self-inflicted, others with a bit of help.

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All in all, we have fared well with the camper – but not completely!

But hey, if you can’t admit your gaffes and laugh about it, you are just taking life too seriously.

So here is a look at our five biggest blunders and bloopers of the trip so far. And yes, we said so far, because we know with 30 states to go, there will be plenty more to laugh about!

5 Biggest Bloopers & Blunders

#1 Leaving Without Our Camper

You might think this would be nearly impossible to do, but we did it. Thankfully only once. Well, so far anyway.

We hitch up and unhitch a lot. Sometimes our campground stays are just for a night. Other times, they may be for two or three days so we can branch out from a single point to see nearby attractions.

No matter how organized you are, trust me, it can get confusing. And that is exactly what happened at a campground we had been at for a few days. We both simply thought we had another night to be there.

camper and truck
You would think it would be hard to forget an 18′ long camper. It turns out, it’s not!

And so we headed out down the road heading to our next adventure in the next city. Actually, 15 miles down the road. And then we realized it! We were actually not spending any more nights there, and should have left with the camper.

As we drove back and stopped in at the office to tell them sheepishly of our mistake – they laughed and said they had just figured we were going to stay another night.

#2 The Nightmare On Elm Street

We are pretty careful about researching our campgrounds and stays. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a big mistake once in a while.

As we were approaching a stay we had booked at a “rural farm campsite” – we were a bit taken back when we pulled up only to see a field of overgrown grass, old farm equipment and trucks. Even worse, a very scary looking “office” in an old barn that was certainly not going to stand up to the next storm.

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We were not going to become part of Elm Street2!

The final straw was a street signed marked “Elm” in the yard. All we could think of was Nightmare On Elm Street. As you can guess, we opted not to stay, and instead spent the night camping “safely” another 30 miles up the road in a Cracker Barrel parking lot.

#3 Going The Wrong Way

Again, travel enough, and some bloopers and blunders will happen. Like turning the wrong way at least once.

Seattle driving can be tough enough as it is. Busy, narrow roads, and of course, a lot of one-way streets. And so it was, using our beloved GPS (which obviously didn’t know where it told us to turn was a one-way street) – we found ourselves turning into 4 lanes of one-way traffic. Luckily – they were all stopped at a light just a few hundred feet up the road!

Yep, we missed that sign!

They were all extremely nice and patient, with one good Samaritan stepping out to make sure no-body moved until we turned the truck and camper around.

#4 Driving On A Sidewalk – And Not Knowing It

So if you ask us whose fault this one is, we will both laugh and go to our graves pointing the finger at the other person.

But while driving through the campus of Oregon with the camper, we somehow ended up (without knowing) driving on a sidewalk down the middle of campus. Mind you, it was a big sidewalk.

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The Oregon campus was beautiful, especially driving down the middle of it!

We started to realize, with all the strange looks, that somehow we were not on a road anymore. Luckily, most students and faculty walking on the sidewalk must of thought we were some special event. They very graciously stepped aside to let us through.

All of course embarrassing, but luckily we made it across to another street without drawing the suspicion of the campus police!

#5 Getting The Story All Wrong

Now this one wasn’t really our blunder, but it turned out pretty hilarious. We did a local interview for a TV station a few days before Christmas. We told the usual story about the trip, and thought nothing more.

Until they aired the story on Christmas day. Apprarently, something was lost in the translation. As the story told to local viewers went, we had sold everything we owned – house, possessions and all – and left to travel the country for the rest of our lives.

filming of the state map
We have had a lot of neat coverage of the trip, but one story had us selling off all of our possessions and living on the road forever!

No mention of the 50 states, or writing a book, or even that we still had a place to call home! Good thing our family and friends didn’t hear that one, they truly would have thought we lost our minds!

Here is to laughing at your bloopers and blunders no matter where you are – on to Florida we go! Happy Traveling, Jim and Mary.


  • Day 159 of 365
  • States : 20/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 20
  • Stayed In : Robertsdale, Alabama
  • Miles Driven : 72.6
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 17,070
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,228.08
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 158.4
  • Hiking Miles : 3.1
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 357.4

12 thoughts on “Our 5 Biggest Bloopers And Blunders Of The Trip So Far – Day 159

  • February 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    How can one drive on a sidewalk on a college campus and not know it?? Was Mary driving?

    • February 16, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      Haha I guess she learned it from her Father :)!

  • February 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I live in Pensacola Florida. I saw you guys when a Mobile Al TV station aired the story of your journey. It is so exciting. I am so happy you guys are able to do this while you still have good health. Just enjoy every moment of every day. Laugh and love. Dont ever let go of your sprit of adventure until you absolutely have to. I wish I could have met you both. May God Bless you both with safe travels and good health.

    • February 17, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Phyllis – we are very fortunate to be able to follow our dreams and are enjoying each and every day. Thank you for following along with our journey! Mary and Jim

  • February 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    LOL I work at a hospital that has a large paved area bisecting the parking lot. Our office window looking out on this lot afforded us many moments of entertainment, especially when a car turned into said area – that ended in a flight of stairs. Love your stories and pictures!

    • February 17, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Sharon – I bet you have had a ton of laughs watching out of that window! Who knows, maybe it was us 🙂

  • February 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Friends of your Mom and Dad and have followed their posts. ❤️ This.
    We drove across the campus of Norte Dame in Indiana one night…6 of us in the car….while attending a Convention….lol
    Happy, Safe travels.

    • February 17, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Hi Cora and thanks for following along with our journey as well! I can see how you could drive on the Norte Dame campus – I’ve been there and it gets quite confusing!

  • February 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    HI TO YOU BOTH!! We met last June during the FLOOD in Sugar Creek, OH. We started out together at an alternate location and then moved on to Winkelpleck Park at the same time. I have been reading through some of your blog posts and have some questions about going full-time in a teardrop. I realize you are only doing a one year project but I am sure you have come up with some idea of what you need and what is useless. I currently own a T@G but have in mind selling/trading it for a T@B and traveling full time but using lots of family and friends to help me as campsites along the way from Idaho to California to Florida and north. My plan is to sell my home in about a year to make this happen. I don’t really want a 400, as it seems too big for an older single gal to use, but that’s what I think you are using. True? Did you have it custom built? Did the factory do it for you or did you have to go through a dealer? I am aware that as you make additions to the trailer the price tends to skyrocket. I am going to talk to a dealer at the end of this month but wondered what you wish you had in your trailer and what you would 86??? I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog when I get a chance. Not only am I an older gal but I, also, work part time. If you have already dealt with my questions in one of your blogs, please give me the number and I will check it out!!

    Renee Ubrun
    Idaho Panhandle

    • February 17, 2020 at 11:58 am

      HI Renee – you are correct, we are traveling in the T@B 400 which is perfect for 2 people living in it full time. However, we have met many other single full timers that live in a T@G or in a T@B 320s. For us, we needed the indoor cooking area and roomy shower since Jim is 6’4″. However, you must decided what life on the road is going to be like for you. We opted not to have a microwave because we rarely use one, but many people can’t live without one. We have done a video walk through of our camper if you would like to take a closer look – https://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2019/03/17/teardrop-camper/. Hope that helps and good luck with your upcoming adventures! Jim and Mary

  • February 17, 2020 at 12:40 am

    I can understand the driving on a campus sidewalk. There are sidewalks on the NMSU campus that look like a two-lane road. Sounds like no matter what, you are having a wonderful adventure.

    • February 17, 2020 at 11:59 am

      We have had several people tell us that they have done the same thing! And yes, we are having the time of our lives!


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