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Selling the condo and starting our bicycle ride....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I've been pretty quiet here on SparkPeople, but I've been very busy the last couple months.

My husband and I spent a lot of time this cold March doing work on the interior of our condo to get it ready to put on the market. We moved a small U-Haul's worth of stuff down to our house in Tennessee and donated/tossed out about as much stuff. The result was that our condo looked very spacious with all the closets and shelves less than half full. We got some interior painting done and put in new carpet in the basement.

As soon as the snow melted (around the end of March), we planted pansies and got lots of hanging baskets as well as some pretty indoor plants. We moved furniture around to make every room look as spacious as possible. We also bought a few pieces of nice (but not too expensive) outdoor furniture so we could create seating and eating areas on our patios.

Even though the exterior of our condo is the responsibility of the condo association, we had some left over exterior paint from a remodeling we did a couple years ago. I went around and touched up the outside with the exterior paint.

It appears all our hard work has paid off. We had lots of showings and were able to get the condo under contract in about 35 days from when we started listing it. The buyers seem very nice. I hope they are happy with the place. The closing is about five days after my husband's last work day before retirement. That is perfect! I couldn't have asked for a better date. We will move all our remaining stuff to Tennessee over the weekend before the closing.

Now that we have our condo under contract, we can start thinking about an earlier date to leave for our BIG BICYCLE RIDE around the country. We were orginally planning on leaving in September and starting in Washington state going down the Pacific coast. We made that plan thinking that we would want to keep the condo staged over the summer assuming it hadn't sold. Now, we have a lot more flexibility on our start date and may start from a different part of the country.

Before we got the condo under contract, we signed up for a week long organized ride in Ohio (GOBA) that starts in the second week of June. I also committed to hosting our annual family gathering in Tennessee over the 4th of July weekend. It seems like the second week of July would be the earliest we can start the ride. We have to figure out the logistics of it all. Worst case scenario, we would stick to our September time frame and spend the summer doing shorter week-long organized rides like GOBA as training.

I feel very, very fortunate that things are falling in place so nicely. Today, is my husband's and my seventh anniversary. We have a lot to be celebrating!!
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    Whoop sold the condo! See how wonderful all your hard work for presentation paid off! I'm just SO happy and proud of you! When you ask the universe and prepare that it has already been rolls right around!

    I just can't wait to hear all about your trip! It sounds SO exciting and I'm thrilled for you and your hubs!

    Seven've made it to a milestone, although I'm wayyyy ahead...we celebrate #35 this May 20th.

    People say that tragedy (the loss of our son) can drive couples apart, thankfully it made us all the closer. I feel so blessed over that!

    Hugs to you are a ROCK STAR! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1860 days ago

    Good timing with the condo and your husbands retirement.

    I envy you having a spouse who bikes. At least L likes to go for walks with me!

    1861 days ago
    What a wonderful set of plans! And how great for both of you that selling the condo worked out as smoothly as it did.

    Enjoy your rides!
    1862 days ago
  • MISSG180
    That's great that you got the condo sold! I am envious of your plans.
    1862 days ago
    Congratulations on selling the condo. How exciting to be so close to starting your adventure. I almost registered for GOBA this year--it's on my bucket list of rides. Will you be blogging about your cycling trip? I'm planning on riding the TransAm Trail in spring 2015.

    1862 days ago
    Me and my husband plan to bike across the country when our kids grow up! We already have a few things from our huge check list ie tent,bikes with pull behind wagon and some other things. I'm glad were not The only ones who want to spend our time this way it sounds spectacular. Have fun and create memories.
    1862 days ago
    Congrats on selling the condo, it sounds like it would have showed very well.

    The bike trip sounds incredible! I wish I could do something like that with hubby. Maybe when the kids are older we could try that out.
    1863 days ago
    Happy Anniversary! And Godspeed on your bike tour, whenever you may start.
    1863 days ago
    Yes, you certainly have much to celebrate. Happy anniversary!! So glad that you and hubby have the wherewithal to do the biking and that it is something you can do together.
    1863 days ago
    I had missed you around spark - have you EVER been busy! I am so jealous of your planned bike trip across the country. Have some serious fun doing that! I am so glad things are falling into place for you. emoticon
    1863 days ago
    emoticon So happy for you.
    1863 days ago
    Happy Anniversary, Kay! So glad that you are doing so well and ready to hit the road soon. If you are in San Diego, let me know. Big hug. Also, I have a question that I'll send to you through SP email.
    1863 days ago
    A bike ride around the country, WOW! Congrats on your anniversary and getting your condo sold!
    1863 days ago
    As a new resident of TN from WI, I am wondering about summers here and riding my bike in the summer. Would you consider summer and the heat here a problem for your bike ride to start early? Or would you start from somewhere that doesn't get quite as hot in the summer? Everyone seems to tell me that summers here in TN are a bit insufferable, but have no idea myself. A little excited and a little nervous too to see what seasons are like here and begin swimming on occasion and see what my exercise will be this summer.
    1863 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    What a wonderful time for you!! Yes, a calendar is something you will need to spend a lot of time with to plan.
    1863 days ago
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