Day 214 / Mile 24,315
My stoke is high, and so is the needle on the engine temp gauge. "Stay with me... Come on ole girl... We're almost home, baby...", I say out loud. Actually, home is wherever I'm parked, since my destination in San Diego is really just a storage unit. It's crazy to think I haven't slept in my real bed in exactly a year. I've adapted well to life on the road: making meals in my van's kitchen, showering at truck-stops and campgrounds (sometimes a river), having deep conversations with Siri, camping in more Walmart parking lots than you knew existed, turning cafes into my office, discovering amazing music playlists on Spotify, turning off route against my Garmin's advice, and having the time of my life. I won't lie though, I'm ready to get a place to post up at and enjoy all the modern luxuries Americans consider normal.
All said and done, 215 days / 25,000 miles. I remember when it all was just a thought, and now I've done it!
I've had a few people ask how much I spent along the way, and fortunately I know exactly how much using a budget app for every purchase. I was extremely frugal, lived off a lot of sandwiches and ramen, and only got 3 hotel rooms during the whole trip:
- 1995 VW Eurovan Camper (w/ upgrades) - $24,500
- Auto Expenses - $1,180
- Auto Fuel - $3,255
- Eating Out - $2,805
- Grocery Store - $1,260
- Utilities (phone/insurances/storage) - $3,400
- Project Expenses & Other Misc - $2,200
- Total to do the trip (minus cost of the van): $14,100
My next goal is to turn this into a coffee table book. I'll probably make a kickstarter campaign since I just spent my entire life's savings on the project.
I want to give a big thank you to my wingmen for their marketing support: Arnette, Coal, Stanley, Mizu, Mica, Ninja Suit, Ambig, Goldcoast, & Poler. Hugs and kisses to my friends who let me sleep on their couches along the way too!
Stay tuned for more, I'm addicted to the adventurous life and don't want rehab...