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Valley forum: A 110-day road trip across America – Why?

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a random series of blog reports from Bill and Lori Hutchinson, a well-known Sonoma couple embarked on 110-day, cross country, blue-highway odyssey. We thought their insightful observations about America on-the-road would interest local readers.)

By Bill Hutchinson

Two reasons. First, we both love adventure, seeing new places, meeting new people and discovering the essence of America or anywhere else we travel to in this inspiring world.

We know we love this kind of adventure from past experience, which made our decision to depart from our Sonoma driveway easier. Thirty-three years ago we pulled away in our Dodge Aspen station wagon from our then-Sausalito home with our active toddler daughter.

Kate was not even 2-years-old, and if we were going to go on an adventure with her, why wait until she was in school and had friends she would not want to leave? Life is short and we wanted to have even more time with her.

On New Year’s Eve, 1980, we made the decision to live on a Greek Island with Kate, and be away for at least one year.


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