Your replies go straight to her heart, and mine... they make all the "work" waaay worth it.
A couple of notes:
@Mike... Christine is the one who conceives of, plans, establishes routing/stops, and any necessary timing elements on all of our trips. She hires and trains Gallery/"farm"sitters... 5 people for this trip. When we leave home, she has a file folder full of itinerary/maps/contact info. She has prepared all of our food in advance. We did 16 days and 3300 miles out of our Engel Combi 65 and two grocery store visits for fresh fruit and, well, beer. Only occasional food outside the van at relatives/friends stops (i.e. the clams/lobsters bit) My job is to prepare the van mechanically and pack. I do all the driving and she navigates. So really, it is me that gets to enjoy her efforts.
@Chop... listen closely to that zipline bit, and you'll also hear Christine say she's hangin in the treetops with Tarzan! Nanner, Nanner
@Bronc... I ragged a bit heavily on Newport, 'cause it was easy pickin's... and I still wouldn't want to live there, but we did have a blast in the area to be sure.
@everybody... we do feel fortunate to be such a team, and are delighted that it is so evident. Our original story is one for the campfire, but the short of it is: 15 years ago, we met on a Friday, and bought a house together and moved in the following Friday
Y'all keep the comments coming, I am leveraging them to try and get her to put together a little footage on the interior remodel(Part 1)... she doesn't think it is far enough along, nor is the footage very entertaining. I may not win this one, but I explained that it would be forum-specific, and doesn't have to be quite as artistic in the editing. To be sure, scraping all that crap out of the van is ugly, but van-nuts will appreciate it.