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We are just a week away from heading out on the road with Thistle, pulled by our yet-to-be-named Ford F-250 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel! WOW! We are super excited about this stage of our RV lifestyle journey. Ever since I was a kid I have always loved Colorado. I have fond memories of traveling up there nearly every summer. It’s likely one of my favorite places on earth, and I have longed to be able to spend my entire summer there, escaping the Texas heat, and that dream is finally coming true!


This trip has a purpose though. It’s not just an extended vacation, although we hope to get a lot of down time. We are spending our time in Colorado and Utah to promote our company, Bearded Brothers, in Whole Foods Markets throughout the region.


While we roam around Colorado and Utah, enjoying the mountains and expanding our business, I will also be training for the Wasatch 100 in September. Along the way I will pace my friend John Ryan in the Leadville 100. I’m super excited about both races, and have been longing for some extended time in the mountains since my last trip to Colorado 3 years ago just before my daughter Abby was born. Wow, so hard to believe it’s been that long since I have had any sort of a vacation, let alone spent a decent amount of time in the mountains.


If you are a friend, acquaintance, or fellow RVer, we would love to see you this summer! Below is the agenda of where we will be throughout the summer. Since we will be away from our normal circle of friends we would love to have company.

  • July 7-21 – Clear Creek RV Park – Golden Colorado
  • July 21-July 29 – Estes Park KOA Campground
  • July 29-Aug 16 – Dakota Ridge RV Park – Golden Colorado
  • August 16 – 24 – Sugar Loafin’ Campground – Leadville Colorado (For Leadville 100)
  • August 24 – 31 – TBD (Possibly Clear Creek Campground – Golden CO)
  • September 1-17 – Cherry Hill RV Park – Salt Lake City UT (Wasatch 100)


This final week before heading out will be a crazy one. Though we have finished all the extremely important things such as repacking the bearings on the RV, checking the breaks, and installing a weight distribution system for towing, we still have lots of minor repairs to make, and we also have to get the trailer inspected before hitting the road. But the nice thing about towing your home is you don’t absolutely have to get everything done before you leave. Lots of the interior and minor exterior repairs will be able to be done on the road.


We are super happy with how our wonderful RV turned out. It’s the perfect tiny home for our family. I look forward to sharing more with you and the financial side of our journey. We did spend way more than we expected, but at the same time I feel we have a home that is even better than a slightly used RV that we would have spent quit a bit more money one: more to come on that though.

In the mean time keep following the blog, as well as our social media accounts for updates on our summer journey.