On The Road With Fastfreta...How I'm Doing It

Let Me Explain

If you've followed me up to this point,(I Lost My Home To Foreclosure, On The Road With Fastfreta, etc.) then you know what I'm doing. If not, let me explain. I'm taking this opportunity to travel across country to visit friends and family, also to stop in cities that I've either never been in, or ones that I'd not spent a lot of time in. I'm doing this all by Amtrak, riding the rails, as it were.

My desire, since I'm "homeless," (not really), is to do this for one year, then decide what I want to do, and actually where I want to stay for awhile. I've had several offers along the way for permanent residences Incidentally, I'm loving this. I never dreamed for one minute of my life that I'd get a chance to do this, now that I have the chance, I'm taking full advantage of it. Being naturally gregarious, this is not a hard thing for me, because I never meet a stranger, I do meet strange people, but they're still not strangers to me, unless they prefer it that way, (smile).

How I'm doing it

It never occured to me to explain anything about my methods, but a question was put to me recently that gave me pause. My cousin asked me did I win the lottery, she asked this because of the extensiveness of my travels. Oh, believe me I didn't take offense. In addition I've met, or talked to many that said they wished they could do what I'm doing. I'd like to explain how you can do it too.

First of all, no I didn't win the lottery, I don't even play. No, I'm not independently wealthy, in fact I have no money. I didn't lose my home to foreclosure so that I could save for this adventure, I lost it because I lost everything, materially. By that I mean I lost my business, which was my sole support. (Go back and read, "I Lost My Home To Foreclosure," for a full explanation). Wait, now don't feel sorry for me, that's not the purpose of this article. No Debbie Downers, only Positive Pete's here. As a matter of fact I'm quite proud of myself for my ability, determination, tenacity, to embark upon, and sticking with my dream, without allowing any hindrances. OOPS, almost broke my arm, patting myself on the back, LOL! Let me not act as if I've done this by myself. Thanks to the love and generosity of my family and friends, I am still on my journey. No, I don't ask, and don't really want to accept financial help, but they insist, so I am very grateful for what I get. Being on the receiving end doesn't feel as good as the giving end, for me, but I'm sure others are experiencing what I've felt for so long It's being proven over and over again, that as the Bible says you reap what you sow. Yikes, I'm dwelling to long in this valley. Back to the mountain,

Let's get back to how I'm doing this. First I've been fortunate enough to have made lasting friends, and I also have family around the country. A lot of my friends have moved from California to other parts of the country. So, that's my lodging. I'm learning very quickly to be thrifty, which is something that I've not been in the past. Now, I don't foist myself off on my friends, and family. I ask well in advance, and all are glad to have me visit, as I've not visited them before. The key is not to stay too long in one place, and don't take advantage of their hospitality. Another thing is don't act like a guess, meaning don't sit around waiting to be waited on, take the initiative to be helpful, if you're allowed. However, some will insist you act like company, well go ahead and do that, you don't want to offend.

Since I plan to do this for awhile, I'll learn more economic ways of doing it, so along the way, I'll share them, through future articles. There are already very good articles on the Internet with advice on traveling on a budget, so I must read, and apply, the ones that are beneficial.

As I stated in the outset, I'm traveling by Amtrak train. I buy what is called a "Rail Pass." The passes come in three increments. 15 day, 8 segments, 30 day, 12 segments, and 45 day, 15 segments. When you buy the pass you're free to travel within the allotted time and make the allowed stop, (segments), anywhere within the U.S.A. The segments are the times you board a train, and your countdown begins on the first day of travel. So 15, 30, or 45 days from the time you board your first train you must board your last train, 15, 30, or 45 days later. So just think I covered my first major stops, (On The Road With Fastfreta...etc), with sightseeing in between in 30 days, using the 30 day pass. I had to purchase my second pass to complete this part of my adventure, which you'll be reading about later. The cost of each is as follows, $389.00 for the 15 day pass, $579.00, 30 day, and $749.00 for the 45 day one. So you can see it's quite inexpensive to travel this way, I might just never settle down, LOL! In case you didn't know, I traveled from California, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in that 30 day span of time. I also spent a day in Chicago, and Washington, DC, actually 3 days in DC.

My Route

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B markerPhoenix, Arizona -
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D markerTulsa, Oklahoma -
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E markerAmtrak, Chicago, Illinois -
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You don't have to be rich, or even comfortable financially to do what I'm doing. I wouldn't even say you have to be adventurous. However, I do think you need a dream, determination, and tenacity. Perhaps you might need a little push, in the form of a mishap or two, who knows. Anyway, it's not as hard, or difficult as it might sound, as the commercial says, you just have to do it. I don't want to make this sound like a cake walk, to be sure, this is not for everyone. However, those of you who have no, or little trepidations about traveling alone, why don't you just put this on your Bucket List. You don't have to be as reckless, or fearless, however you want to look at it, as I am, save for it, make long range plans, maybe even do it with a buddy. Whatever you do, don't sit around dreaming about what you'd like to do in life, make it happen.

So, keep up with me. I'm finishing the first part of my adventure in a few weeks from now, but it's by no means the end. I'll give information about my future plans in later articles. My plans are to spend one year living this carefree life, if possible, we shall see.


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ashbubala 5 years ago

Very good Freta! I always enjoy your hubs and am so glad to see that you are the type of person that makes lemonade when handed lemons! Such an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Freta, this is awesome! I will enjoy reading about your adventure. There is so much you can say about this, about the places you visit, the people, the whole thing. Before you know it, you'll have total strangers asking you in - this sounds like a book.

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mega1 5 years ago

Right On Freta! this is something I could easily do, as well, except my relatives (about a hundred of them) are so spread out I would always be on the train! And my friends are mostly all within 50 miles - so that's no fun! I have actually stayed with friends when suffering setbacks a couple times and then reciprocated too, and I think that's what friends are for and we have such fun! I am about to go to Kauai for my son's wedding and will spend much time there on my own exploring (which is something I've never really done) and I am so looking forward to it. Even though I'd rather go by train, and if it were possible to get to the islands by train I would! Great hubs in this series Freta - I hope you're getting lots of views! Looking forward to more.

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rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Freta, I guess sometimes Karma pushes (or shoves!) us in another direction. I really admire that you committed to travel, adventure, and friendship.

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much ashbubala, you know me too well.

Interesting concept Dolores, never thought of that, however the book concept has been bandied about a time or two. Must give that some thought.

Hey Mega1 I have been to Kauai, alone, but I never thought about documenting it back then, wish I had. Oh well, I guess I'll have to go back and write about it. I know you'll have fun there. By the way, I'm not getting as many views as I'd like, but maybe it'll pick up in time.

Thanks rmcrayne, I was shoved in this direction, and I'm glad I was.

Thank you all for stopping and taking the time to read and leave comments. I'm finally about to release my Pennsylvania hub. Stay tuned.

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2uesday 5 years ago

You are an amazing lady fastfreta, I respect how you have dealt with this and how you manage to stay positive and make things good happen. I hope you really do win the lottery one day, it would be fun to read about it. Sending you good wishes.

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Well I must say, this is better than most reality shows lately, and you don't even have a script! It is so nice to hear from you! You are such an inspiration! Up and useful and awesome is who you are!

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you both 2tueday, and Kathy, you're who I'm writing these recaps for. Thank you both so much for keeping up with me where ever I go. I'm so glad someone finds this interesting, and is not bored stiff, LOL!

Well as I always say, stay tuned.

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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

FastFreta - you are truly an inspiration. You have definitely turned lemons into lemonade. What you are doing helps us all to see that if we tried hard enough, we can see the positive side in practically every rough situation. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Veronica for the encouragement, I need that every once in awhile, and I seem to be getting it a lot here on HubPages. I'm so glad to see you back, I've missed you. Say, when I come back to Georgia, I'm going to take a trip to Savannah, maybe we can have lunch.

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healingleaf 5 years ago

Hi Freta,

You're living the freedom that many of us women can only dream of. May be someday in this lifetime. Have you thought of changing mode of transportation to cruise ships? When on sale, short ones, would be cheaper than living on land. Can you give me some tips on safety for a woman traveling alone? Best wishes, be well and keep safe.

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey, healingleaf, I never thought of that, something to think about. I might just try that. I did go on a cruise once, and loved it, thanks for the suggestion.

I really don't have any tips, other than always be aware of your surroundings, and don't venture away from the crowds.

Say, thank you for stopping, and thanks for the tip, cruising I mean.

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healingleaf 5 years ago

Hi Freta, Thanks for posting. I'll keep following you. What do you think of the Occupy Wall street movement? Your loss is directly resulting from this 1%, do you think you can do something for the movement at each town you visit? Best wishes!

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

I've never even heard of the movement, but I'll go over to the Internet and check it out. I'll get back with you when I find out if there's anything that I can do. Thanks for the heads up, and for taking time to leave this wonderful advice.

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healingleaf 5 years ago

Wow sister, please get educated on this movement quickly! Your story should be the story of the 99 % who are financially controlled by the 1% of the population doing business on Wall street, NY and who have 40% of the world's wealth. They bailed themselves out while repossessing our homes, our cars, etc.

Warm regards,

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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks healingleaf, I will.

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