Posted December 30, 2017 – Narrated by Carmen.
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Readers and followers want to know more about the “4-3-2 Rule” and are asking, “Where did you hear about it?,” “How is it working?'” “Would you change anything?”
Jim’s the plan man. He introduced the “4-3-2 Rule” several months before we found Beauty. His idea to drive no more than 4 hours, stop by 3 pm and stay for 2 weeks, got no argument or augment from me, because to be perfectly honest … I didn’t care. We were going camping forever and that’s all that mattered.
Numbers are Jim’s happy place and I loved that he found a cute equation to cozy up with. So, I said … “Yeah, Baby! Let’s 4-3-2 this LIB thing to Sedna and back!”
And that’s been our focus ever since.
Until yesterday, when I discovered the freakiest thing …
… Jim had stumbled (or tapped into) the 4-3-2 mythical code, which some call the natural universal frequency – and an intriguing debate about music history and the preference for 440 or 432 Hz tuning.
I’ve got a crisp C-note on which frequency the new guitar student will choose …
There’s nothing like a good conspiracy theory, especially one with aliens and Nazis. Okay, so 432 may not be everything from the square root of the speed of light to the perfect number of dimples on a golf ball, but it’s probably the nicest address in Manhattan and the thing our dreams are made of. And the juicy details like the 432 connection to the pyramids, Stonehenge and Mesopotamia … Sign me up!
Though we didn’t set out to retune the planet, the “4-3-2 Rule” provides the loveliest little twang of stability to our LIB philosophy. So far, we have no plans to scrap or alter it, only to adhere to it more closely.
“How is it working?”
We can usually trace a decline in our sense of well-being to a forfeiture of 4-3-2. Returning to The Rule, reignites our enthusiasm.
Summer of 2017, was spent mostly out of the 4-3-2 groove. Family emergencies, hurricanes, maintenance on the Beast, Beauty upgrades, and events like the Best Buy video, and Eclipse2017 threw our slow, steady, wanderlust lifestyle into overdrive. But now – ever since South Carolina – we’ve been putting the squeeze on the trailer brakes, steadying our pace and finding our way back to our alchemical routine.
Cosmic compatibility aside, the “4-3-2 Rule” is the first-class LIB plan – a luxury, until real life happens and we have to downgrade. 4-3-2 is the nearest equation for health and happiness while living in flux. And, we’re happy to report that since September, we’ve had eight stays at destinations lasting a week or longer and five stays were two weeks or longer with a few 1-4 day stops in-between. With the mounting accumulation of comparative data, we’re learning that The 4-3-2 Rule is the LIB Rewards Program!
Here are 6 ways the 4-3-2 Rule pays off:
1) Fitness points! Fewer travel days means our exercise routines have fewer interruptions. Since July 2016 we’ve moved 113 times. Yikes …! That’s 113 days when we probably didn’t take our minimal 3-mile walk! Fewer days on the road means more fitness opportunities.
2) Travel Points! Because we’re not driving so much we spend less on diesel and DEF. As fuel expenses go down there’s more in the budget for campground expenses and nightlife.
3) Lower Maintenance! Pounding out hard miles is tough on the rig and takes time out of our days. Slow travel, like slow cooking, is rich, methodical, and inspires creative play.
4) Mile Bonuses! Quality miles are better than quantity miles. Two weeks in a single location loosens up our time to properly research the next move. The upcoming travel experience is maximized by planning a scenic route that catches interesting side-trips along the way and unique places to brunch or lunch or picnic. And, it’s just more exciting to hitch up when we’re not doing it every other day.
5) More time with family and friends! It’s embarrassing how many times we’ve blasted through a town and remembered too late that we had friends or family nearby.
Also, slower travel provides opportunities to connect and camp with our favorite LIB follower, my adventurous Dad, Allen Perry.
6) Aloha Moments! Sure we’re just passing through, but two weeks is enough to explore, embed, feel the pulse of a community – and sometimes even to develop a sense of place or belonging. Separation anxiety on the night before we pull out is a clue that our time was well spent.
So, there it is. We hope this better explains the origin and purpose of Jim’s 4-3-2 Rule that he got from aliens.