Neil, Jersey and I woke up to chilly morning temperatures in our tent at an out of the way campground in Illinois. I was in my happy place, camping in a tent just like when I was a kid. I have so many great memories camping with my family as a little girl in Minnesota. Sharing the experience with someone else who likes the outdoors and roughing it was the cherry on top.
The night before (day 3), we arrived just as the sun went down, and set up camp. Most people would find setting up the tent in chilly temperatures as the sun was setting a chore, but I was excited to get the tent set up and to start cooking over an open fire.
I was surprised at the teamwork Neil and I developed that first night. It was like we were reading each others minds. We worked together like a well oiled machine getting the job done. Oh... don't get me wrong we still took jabs at one another. It seems we both like to annoy each other. You can kinda get the picture here in our first live together. You will need to go follow our YouTube channel. I will be posting more videos in the coming weeks of our adventure.
I have since forgone fire starters and taken lessons from Neil. I still need some practice though, maybe a second adventure is needed.
I cooked up some fresh green beans on our camp stove, rice in the Jet Boil, and Neil grilled up some Polska Kielbasa. It was so yummy for our first night of camping.
Before dinner while Neil was working on the fire,I broke out the sage. I needed to do a little smudging to get rid of Neil's Negative Energy. I'm not sure he thought it was such a good idea. The negative energy was the bad luck he kept having with getting Maggie May to run. Then the tire blow out.
It was my turn to drive that morning as you can see Neil was a tad nervous with my driving skills. We were headed to Ohio visit Neil's daughter as well as tour L.T Wright Knives.
We both were disappointed to have missed Overland Expo East. The Expo was our meeting point for the adventure to get to know each other and get organized for the trip. Also, we were going to meet up with Nexen Tire one of our sponsors as well as meet Dan Grec from The Road Chose Me. Dan is my inspiration for this adventure. We would soon learn everything happens for a reason. After that it didn't take us long to let the adventure lead us.
We made our way to Salt Fork State Park for the night. It was dark before we hit camp so we just set up the tent and tucked ourselves in for the night. Temps were getting on the cold side, but Jersey kept us both warm. Plus, I was camping in a tent, what could be better.
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