Moving cross-country was quite an adventure. To prepare to move we sold all our furniture since it wasn't worth the money to get it to Boston, I had been packing since I had finished working, and we sold the last month of our apartment contract. Nick put a hitch on our car because it was cheaper than renting a truck and hauling our car.
When the day came to pick up the trailer, we had a bit of a surprise. We had reserved the smallest enclosed trailer that U-Haul carries, and reserved it at a store that said they had them the day before we were moving. The afternoon we showed up to get the trailer, it was larger than what we had ordered. They had upgraded us for free because they didn't have the smallest size. While this may seem like a great gesture, for us, it was not. Nick had already figured out how much our stuff weighed and with the smallest trailer's weight we were pushing the limit on what our car could tow already. With the heavier trailer, we were pretty sure our transmission would be shot. We did appreciate not having to try and cram everything into the trailer, we had more room, and we got to keep several small things we were probably going to end up throwing away.
We stayed up most of the night before we left cleaning our apartment (thank you to Steve and Carlie for helping). We ended up sleeping on the floor that night and woke up, packed the rest of the trailer, and checked out of our apartment. Our landlady was nice enough to take a picture of us right before we hopped in the car.
To start the drive we decided to go straight through the mountains first, so if we broke down, at least we'd still be in Provo Canyon close to family and not stranded. It was very slow-going, but we soon realized the car would be able to handle the weight, as much as we could tell. We did have some issues through the middle of the country with 30-40 mph winds battling us with the large trailer catching the air. Our gas mileage was awful, but the drive took us 4 days and we stopped each night and stayed in a hotel.
Highlights of the trip:
-Nick was super nice and let his pregnant wife sleep during most of her driving turns the last two days
-Visiting my hometown and eating a Chicago hot dog at my favorite restaurant
-Nick getting caught in a dust storm while pumping gas in the middle of nowhere
-Our car and the transmission still works
-Every thing in the trailer made it in one piece!
We made it safe and sound to Maine and hung out with family for over a week before we could move into our apartment. We loaded up the trailer again and drove to Boston and moved into our new fancy apartment. Coming from a 50's cement block 1-bedroom apartment, our brand new 2-bedroom apartment makes us feel like real adults.