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Old 07-20-2015, 07:23 PM   #21
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Hope you enjoyed your time in Mexico! You're an inspiration traveling with three kids. I've enjoyed your posts. Nice work!
We're taking it veeeerrrryyyy slow with the kids. Today, for example, we did about what you did. Futzed around, read some books, I walked to the grocery store and the market. Played some video games. Basically the same stuff I do at home. Kids read some, watched netflix, played games on their tablet.

We're packing up tonight to head back to Mexico City for our flight to Cancun tomorrow so it'll be our longest travel day of the whole trip. Fortunately we have a few hours to burn in Mexico City so the kids can get out, stretch their legs, and eat ice cream and tacos.

It's a small world - thanks for your friendly and helpful advice three years ago! By the way, we're probably going to be heading towards Asheville, NC early next year sometime. I'll drop you a note when we're close and see if we cross paths.
Please do! We're in Raleigh a few hours east of Asheville in case you're doing a big road trip and headed down our way.

Having to park our truck in Costa Rica: yes, this was indeed a surprise that we only realized when we were doing research in Nicaragua before we entered Costa Rica. In the chaos of all the planning and preparation for our huge trip back in California, I guess I failed to recognize that Costa Rica only issues Temporary Vehicle Import Permits for a maximum of 90 days with no renewals allowed (and we're saying 6 months). The solution is to park the car in a government parking lot for a few months. Annoying, but we're easily surviving with our bicycles.
Okay, that makes sense. Sucks you can't use the vehicle except 90 days during a stay but at least you got it figured out for a relatively modest cost. At least you got to use the truck and bed set up for the camping along the way south.

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Old 07-20-2015, 09:16 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Bryan Barnfellow View Post
Congratulations to you both! I retired in April at 59 and am loving it. But my 30 year old self is envying you :-)

+1 (Though, for me, 59 was three years ago.) It sounds like your hard work, motivation, and careful planning are paying off! Please send updates to the forum, not only for the enjoyment of us older folk, but also to inspire your peers that FIRE IS possible.

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Old 08-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #23
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Wow that is amazing congratulations!! I'm relatively new to the forum and am still finding my way around but this is a great success story. All the best for you and your wife in your new life!
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Old 08-02-2015, 05:02 PM   #24
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Nice to hear from you and glad the trip is going well!

If you come through Charleston on your Carolinas leg, please give us a shout out. We have an old school bus that has been around the world and we plan to take it to South America in a few years, so I'd happily trade some Southern hospitality for some of your Central America road stories!

Congrats on reaching your goals!
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:19 AM   #25
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Hey everyone! Just wanted to provide another followup update on our travels (if anyone is interested). We're alive and well, and we successfully drove our 4Runner all the way up from Costa Rica, through Mexico and now we're back in the US. So far so good! Everyone we've met along the way has been extremely friendly and helpful, and we've had no problems with corrupt police officers or anything. Maybe we've just had good luck?

As we've been driving through the US, we're currently searching for where our next home should be. We think we might settle in Asheville, NC.

If anyone has any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer!
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:01 PM   #26
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Hi, I love your carefree lifestyle! As a wannabe hippy, I have the wanderlust but still have some anchors. Anyway, Asheville is really pretty and cute but it's quite expensive even on the rent front, whereby good cheap rentals are hard to come by. If I were you guys, I'd probably bop around the states a bit. Boulder, a great hippy town (lived there for three years) is awesome, beautiful but can also be pricey. I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but keep that lifestyle going for a while and trek the states. So many amazing spots to hang at for a while without committing. Just my two cents. Enjoy!

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