2016 RV Road Trip: Oregon to New York

Log of the Aluminum Faulcon…

15740949_10211136435191873_9108912352205834734_nAs many of you who follow me on social media know, my wife and I (and our dog, Penny the Whopper Thief) made a very big life decision. In early 2016, we decided to buy an RV and hit the road. Full time. Over the course of the year, we drove from Oregon to New York, then all the way down to Arizona for the holidays. Soon, we’ll be back in Oregon. Sarah and I grew immeasurably closer, and together we experienced things you would not believe. I was also able to complete a new novel, which I turned in to my agent in New York. It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m very happy to be able to share it with you now.

Best decision we ever made. Hands down. We sold everything and bought a 1995 Winnebago and we never looked back.

Now, I have to clarify: we still maintain residency in Portland, Oregon. Portland has been very good to us and it is now home. But the vast majority of this past year we spent rolling on down the road.

From Oregon to New York

Our journey started in Portland, Oregon. On a fresh spring day, as Sarah was cleaning out our apartment, I rolled up into the parking lot in a 29′ toaster oven. We loaded up what little belongings we decided to keep and we hit the road.

Our first destination was Seaside, OR, a sleepy little town all the way out on the Oregon coast, very close to Tillamook, actually (great cheese factory, I’ll dig up the photos soon). The idea was both Sarah and I work online. And we love to travel. We have no kids together, and my super-awesome son is grown and living out his own adventures. So… why not travel?

I can’t describe how liberating this lifestyle has been. Initially, we were going to keep to the Pacific Northwest. Then my father passed away after a long illness. My mother had him cremated and planned a funeral in New Jersey, our home state. I knew what we had to do.

We would spend the next five months journeying across the entire United States, from Oregon to New York… and beyond.

Lots to tell. Lots.

Let’s start with the stats:

The Aluminum Faulcon

  • 1995 Winnebago Brave
  • 29′ long
  • Chevrolet 454 gasoline engine
  • No tow car

This beauty is now our home. We travel and live on the road. We stay connected. We work. We meet up with friends. We live life to the fullest and we are loving every minute of it.

Coming Soon: Our first night as full time RVers on the road

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2 Responses to 2016 RV Road Trip: Oregon to New York

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    This is, literally, the life I’ve always dreamed of. I would live full time in an RV in a heart beat.

    What was the hardest adjustment for you? For your wife? If you had a chance to start it again, what would you do differently?

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      Rob, it’s the coolest hing ever.

      To answer your questions:

      1) The hardest adjustment was probably two-fold – getting used to living in a very small space, and learning to live with spotty wifi. We get so used to being able to click on the televisions or go to the Internet for entertainment and to be connected. When it’s just “not there” you start to see how programmed and trapped we’ve become in our lives. Takes some getting used to but you learn to appreciate your surroundings and each other a lot more.

      2) If we had to start it over again I think we would have not been so fearful. We both had visions of breaking down on the road (it happens; you fix it), of being robbed (nothing but nice people so far; and leaving your RV is just like leaving your home or apartment – you just lock the door).

      Also, we brought WAY too many things! It’s so liberating when you realize how much “stuff” you don’t need. We have nice clothes, good laptops. That’s the equipment we need to function and to be in society (and a few other things), but all we really want is each other. And to work in fields we believe in. And the open road.

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