We are preparing to begin our journey, leaving New York City for an adventure traveling and living in a campervan. Our goal is to explore the US and visit friends scattered across the country on the way to a new life in the west. Just like the pioneers, except with all the conveniences of the modern age – highways, diesel fuel, internet, solar panels, and even indoor plumbing within our modern covered wagon. Our wagon is a 2006 Great West conversion van built on a reliable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with a fuel-efficient 5-cylinder engine. To provide for our electrical needs, we mounted three 100 Watt solar panels and installed a 2000 W inverter so we can run a toaster oven off the 510 Ah battery bank. While the van has all the main conveniences of a modern home, the small space will make for an experiment in simple living.
The journey begins in Florida, where our home is currently being stored by John’s loving sister. On July 10, we fly from NYC to Tampa where we will spend a few weeks finishing modifications and taking the van out for a test run. This will be a challenge, as we learn how to live together for the first time and to maximize 100 square feet of living space. Once our trial run is over and the kinks are worked out, we will head north to reach New England and spend the end of summer hiking in Maine and New Hampshire. From Maine we will work our way south and west eventually making it to the Grand Canyon to gaze upon the monumental splendor. Finally, we will travel towards the northwest to conclude the journey and begin a new life chapter. All along the way we will stop to visit friends and family. The itinerary is vague to leave room for spontaneous adventures.
This blog will be a record of all parts of this endeavor – descriptions of our exciting travels and their tribulations, technical details of the modifications of the van and website for those that want to learn from our experiences, and tips on how to live a simpler life. To follow us, check back here, import the rss feed into your favorite reader, or enter your email address at the top right of this page (under: “Subscribe Via eMail”) if you would like to have our posts delivered to your inbox.