Thursday, August 18, 2011

Living on the Road, Working on the Web

Yesterday was a fantasy. 
But wait …
It was real!
Ashleigh Brilliant is a favorite wordsmith of mine and I’ve adopted one of his sayings as my mission statement:
“I’ve abandoned my search for the truth and am now seeking a good fantasy”
First of all, we have a wonderful home to live in.  Every morning we wake up in our oh-so-comfortable bed, we have to look around at our luxurious surroundings and pinch ourselves. 
What a nice bedroom?!
What a nice bedroom?!
But, better yet, this home has wheels.  Here’s where we are traveling right now:
Traveling on I-90 thru Minnesota and South Dakota
Traveling on I-90 thru Minnesota and South Dakota
It’s hard to say what is the best part of this lifestyle, but for us anyway, just being on the open road is a big part of it.  The powerful engine sound and the hum of the wheels on the pavement.  Jim likes to drive – especially our new diesel – and I’m happy to let him because I love to just sit and watch the scenery go by while I daydream. It’s my time off.

We can see for miles and miles ... heading west on 90 to Minnesota
We can see for miles and miles ... heading west on 90 to Minnesota
Crossing the Mississippi

Crossing the Mississippi
Time off from what you ask?  Well, that’s the other *best* part about our lifestyle - our work is on the web.  We officially started our www.geeksontour.com business in 2006 and people have been opting in to our email lists ever since.  Yesterday, before getting on the road, I sent out an email to our current list of about 7,000.  I told them about a review that was recently written about our Picasa book – it was very complimentary.  I wrote that the ebook is currently available for only $10 – including access to 25 tutorial videos.  That’s way too cheap, and someday soon we will raise the price, but it seemed a good marketing thing to do to make one last push at the cheap price.

After sending the email, I turned off the computers and stowed all loose objects in the RV.  We pulled In the slides, raised the stabilizing jacks, and drove away.  By the end of the day when we pulled into the next RV park for the night, we checked our PayPal account and we had made enough money to cover our fuel costs from Madison to Gillette.  Life is SO good! 

What was more surprising was the number of people who ordered the printed book at $29.  So Jim had to work all evening, printing, binding and packaging a dozen books.  Today we need to find a post office because some of the books need to be shipped overseas – we had orders from New Zealand, Australia, England, and Canada.  It is just so amazing that we’re operating an International business from our motorhome while traveling the country.  If you want to read a little more about our business, here’s an article from last year that was written in Forbes.com.

In addition to driving down the highway, and making money, we also did a little sightseeing yesterday.  I can never resist taking pictures of windmill farms.  They are such huge, yet elegant structures.
MInnesota cornfield and windfarm
MInnesota cornfield and windfarm

We had heard about the Corn Palace for years, but had no burning desire to see it.  As the signs started pointing to the next exit, I said, ‘What the hell, let’s stop.’ 

It's fun to be a tourist
It's fun to be a tourist
The murals really are made of corn cobs.
The murals really are made of corn cobs.

We were told that there are hundreds of acres of corn planted *just* for making these murals.  The different colors are specifically grown right in the area.

And, in the parking lot for the Corn Palace, we saw a motorhome with an FMCA logo in the window.  As we walked past toward our rig, we wondered if maybe we knew these people.  Within a couple minutes, we heard our names shouted behind us – it was Linda Ballard and her husband.  Linda attended many of our seminars at the Madison rally and joined our membership site.  Her husband, Wayne?, said he’s been on our email list for quite some time.  We’re both headed toward the Black Hills around Rapid City, SD.  We may just run into them again!  Part of our family on the road.

Back on the road, when we came upon the Missouri river it felt like a good time to stop … it was about 4:30.
Coming up on the Missouri River
Coming up on the Missouri River

Besides, we’d been bombarded with signs for ‘Al’s Oasis.’  It is THE place to stop.

Al's Oasis
Al's Oasis

We stopped, connected to the park’s pretty good WiFi, and started answering emails and printing mailing labels! 

There you have it!  A perfect day for us.  Living on the Road and Working on the Web.  Our Truth *is* our Fantasy.

5 comments:

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Sounds like the ideal life. Thanks for the Corn Palace Picture. I've been there a couple times and now I get to see what it looks like this year without making the trip.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

Jim & Nanc said...

We have been crossing paths (Nappanee & Madison) and yesterday you followed us down 79 out of Rapid City. I guess we will meet in Gillette.

Safe Travels!!

Nick Russell said...

I remember you several years ago sitting in our bus in Casa Grande, Arizona telling us you were not sure if your fledgling business would ever take off, and urging you guys to stick with it and not get discouraged, because you had a great concept, and the knowledge and personalities to pull it off. And look at you now – you’re famous!

Terry and I are so very proud of you, and proud to have you as our friends. We can’t wait to see your new home on wheels!

Thanks for your friendship, and all of your help over the years.

Doris and Dave Arnold said...

I love that someone elses likes the windmill farms..I always have to stop reading my book or looking at other things just to stare at them.