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The Road to ?

May 3rd, 2012

Mr Chiots and I are on our way home from Maine today. Last week we decided to take a last minute trip to look at a piece of property. As a result, it was quite the crazy weekend trying to get a week’s worth of work done. We packed everything, jumped in the car and set off into the sunrise on Tuesday morning. Yesterday we looked at a property we’re interested in and this morning we were up early and back in the car to head home. Almost more hours spent in the car than in Maine.

House hunting 14 hours away can be a difficult proposition, those photos on the internet just don’t tell the whole story so you have to look at things in person. I certainly can’t wait until we can close out this chapter of our lives and start the next. Change can be exciting and scary all at the same time, especially when you’re not quite sure where the road is going to lead.

What was the farthest you’ve ever relocated?

23 Comments to “The Road to ?”
  1. Kathi Cook on May 3, 2012 at 6:39 am

    We never move far as we love the Litchfield Hill s in Ct. We were looking for a house for 3 years and ended up getting a seasonal cabin on a lake instead. Now we are putting off moving for another 5 years at least. Even when it is planned and not forced can be stressful. I know what you mean about the website not telling the whole picture. We so so many houses online and when we did a “drive-by” we could almost instantly rule them out (location and yard usually). Good luck. I know your perfect house/farm is up there waiting for you to find it!

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  2. Corrie on May 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

    All the times I have moved have been within 1 mile of where I was before. I love my town and never want to live anywhere else. My mom and my brother and his family all live within that mile too.

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  3. K.B. on May 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Guelph, Ontario to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and then back to Ontario 10 years later. But, I got lucky – a friend of a friend was doing the reverse move when I first moved out there, so I was able to take over her apartment lease – that made finding a place to live in a strange city 3000+ km away SO much easier! And moving back, I was able to stay with my parents until I found a house to buy (only about 3 months).

    But yes, moving long distances is so much harder – I hope you find the perfect property soon!

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  4. Kelly H. on May 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

    London Ontario to Murfreesboro TN was the furthest, but I was just ‘me’ then. Now I’m outside Providence RI and we’re moving to dead-center VT (about 4hrs) but I’ve 2 little boys and a husband to go, also (plus 3 cats). It’s been stressful, though with family in VT we’ve had someone to watch our boys while we house hunt. We’ve found The House (Manse, almost, it’s kinda ridiculously large, but awesome) and I’m waiting on pins and nails for the inspection, this weekend. I can’t be there, but hubby can. We’ve got so many hopes and dreams on this house and the inspection is the last, biggest stressor to pass.

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  5. Melissa on May 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Alabama to Scotland- talk about hard times trying to find a place to live! My husband ended up having to go two weeks ahead of time and almost bribe the leasing agency to get us in an apartment on time! Hope your moving plans work out soon! Can’t wait until we have enough money saved for our move to the country!

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  6. June Coady on May 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    For someone who grew up in a town of 5,000 souls in the Yellowstone Valley of Eastern Montana I’ve been around a bit. The move from Montana was a bit scary because I was moving into not only a new area of this great country but also, as a widow with two small children, but a new life as a minister’s wife! Me! Central Maine is not all that different from E. Montana as far as city and town size, but a delightfully new culture. Many of the folks’ families originated in French Canada. My kids had the great opportunity of studying French from the 3rd grade on. I met no frosty distant folks in Maine, only warm caring people who soon became family. Then after a few years off to So. California followed by 6 glorious years in Hawaii. Back in So. California I am happily retired and am so enjoying learning new skills and meeting new ideas…yes, meeting ideas! Distance is on a map, not in your mind or heart. Everyone I have met has become a possible new family member. My life is joyous and filled with new beginnings.

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  7. Stone Soup on May 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hope you had some sunshine when you were here!

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  8. Peggy on May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    My farthest move as a child was from western Nebraska to Bamburg, Germany. As an adult we moved Youngstown, OH to Nenana, Alaska a move of over 4000 miles with 3 children and a dog having no actual place to live but it was the middle of summer…. we went and looked at all available homes for sale (no rentals available in both towns of 300 but there were 5 homes for sale) our 2nd day there. A month or so later we moved in our new home! The next move was close to the same distance (AK to IN) in the middle of winter but this time we had a house to move into already and waiting!

    Enjoy the beautiful weather!!

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  9. Sue from Ky. on May 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    My entire family left the state of Kentucky.Most moved to St. Simon’s Island for a spell(27 years for my parents-fewer years for some of the children)but I,one of 9 kids, never left the state, and only left the county, for short periods.I have lived in the same county for 90 percent of my life.Thirty three years at my present location,same county.

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  10. Deb on May 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Moved from Ohio to MO, 700 miles away and then reversed that 4-1/2 yrs. later. Now close to my parents as my sis is about 3 hrs. away from them. Only us 2 kids. Can’t afford to move now after 17 yrs., but haveinvested so much here plant and tree wise that i don’t want to move. But would like in a woods with a creek. Pipe dreams thoiugh. Hubby at 56 is going to school full time and unemployment doesn’t allow for new home buying when we have one that needs a lot of work. Oh, well. Good luck with your moving.

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  11. daisy on May 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Susy, that shot is oh-so enticing…
    We plan to move later this year 12 hours away. Our boy has never lived anywhere but Florida, so it will be a change for him. Looking forward to both of our adventures in a new place!

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  12. tj on May 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

    …Love that photo! :o)

    …The furthest we’ve ever moved away is 35 miles West. That’s it. We moved to get away from the city, people and traffic only to have it follow us 19 years later. *sigh* We’ve been seriously contemplating moving again but we have a hard time pin pointing where. My husband and I have conflicting interests so who knows…

    …How does your family feel about you moving further away? My sister already thinks we live too far away and then when I talk of Vermont she goes into a tissy fit, so I was wondering how you’re handling family with this decision.

    …I know your future home is out there waiting for you two. It’s exciting to see other’s dreams come into fruition, thanks for letting us tag along! :o)

    …Enjoy your day!


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  13. Maybelline on May 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Born in Bakersfield. Schooled in Bakersfield. Married/family in Bakersfield. Work in Bakersfield. Stay in Bakersfield.

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  14. Mary S. on May 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I moved from St. Paul, Mn to Washington, D.C., by myself as a young woman (then back again three years later). This past fall, I helped my daughter move from D.C., where she had a temp job, back to St. Paul. It was a strange deja vu driving through Pennsylvania and Ohio!

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  15. Marcia on May 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

    4000 km , or 2485.6 miles to attend University in New Brunswick. Good luck on your move, the East coast is great.

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  16. Leighann on May 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    best of luck on trying to move to Maine!! I was just in Maine last week my parents have a summer home near Palermo, ME. There is a great vegetarian restraunt near Belfast, ME called Chase’s daily.

    Any questions on Maine let me know! Where are you looking to move in Maine?


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  17. KimH on May 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    The longest relocation was from North Texas to Cleveland Ohio.. just over 1200 miles. At least M’honey was born & raised here & I was sick & tired of a long distance relationship.. It was make it or break it. ;)

    I moved 900 miles from Texas to Panama City Beach once too.. but my sister was there with an extra room to catch me. ;)

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  18. annie on May 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Just would like you to know that Maine is the best and we’d love to have you! Nothing like having incredible sustainable food choices (year-round, I might add) including SEAFOOD. Plus, it is beautiful and charming and and and. Come here. (You probably know about MOFGA, but check this out, too:

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  19. Sue on May 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I will be moving Down East in three years from Southern Maine, so that’s about 4 hours away. Not too far, but oh so far! It will be my retirement home. I’ve been wondering where in Maine you’re looking. There are so many places up there in Washington County for sale, and it’s a beautiful place to live. It’s the most food insecure counties in Maine, the most food insecure state in New England. I think that makes it perfect for people who want to grow food!

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  20. Domestic Executive on May 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Having moved from the UK to New Zealand I know all about long distance house moving. I really admire your determination to find the right property to move to but puzzled why you just don’t up sticks and rent a while in a location you love and then start to search for the right property when you’d be closer to hand and better able to assess the community and live the lifestyle a little before committing.

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  21. Bonnie on May 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I have moved from Iowa – Florida – Texas – Maryland – Iowa. I think Texas to Maryland was the farthest. I like the warmer climates of the south, but my family is here.

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  22. susan ingle on May 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    When i retired, i moved from California to Nayarit, Mexico where Iived for 6.5 year before returning to the US to live in North Carolina. Never having lived in the south….I thought I should experience it, and the mountains of western NC were a happy place. I had to move back to CA in order to keep my health insurance…bah humbug. Recently two things happened….my old employer stopped contributing at all to the cost of retirees health care, and I got cancer. Now I’m Medicare eligible so I can live where I want and I’m moving back to NC where I was happiest and have good, good, friends. I think it’s important to live where you can thrive, no matter the circumstances.
    I love your blog. I read it nearly every day.

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  23. jules on May 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Baroda, Michigan to Mobile, Alabama. At 19yrs old, with my best friend, just the two of us. I’m still here; she went back home.

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