Hitting the Road
Hi! So possibly a few people have come across my previous thread regarding my sleeping platform build and other camping related changes I have made to my '99 CR-V. Well, after planning the trip since this past spring it is finally time to hit the road!
Having spent about 2 weeks worth of time camping in the CR-V (broken up over a number of weekends), I know it can be plenty functional and pretty cozy in there. And yeah, that use of "cozy" does include a bit of the euphemistic sense of the word, too. It is damn tight living out of a Honda CR-V. But it also is cozy in the sense that I feel comfortable and provided just enough space to feel relaxed. I decided to go the car-camping route instead of just using a tent for a few reasons. I saw others had done it (Rock Climber Girl and cdlenfert, among others) and thought it looked more fun this way. I knew I would be traveling for a while and leaving in winter, so having a warmer and more secure place to lay my head definitely had its appeal. I picked this CR-V up off of Craigslist with 190,000 miles for $700. In the last year and a half I have put another 23,000 miles on it and invested in the needed repairs. I figured that if a 15 year old Honda with over 200k miles isn't a perfect candidate to be turned into a rolling bed, what is?
If there are any places that people can recommend checking out, please share! The route is very rough, basically down the east coast ----> over the south through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona ----> North through Utah to Idaho ----> West and then south through the interior of California ----> and lastly North, up the California coast from the southern end of the state and eventually ending in Portland, OR. This is both a road trip and a move for me, just finished graduate school and ready for a new place to live.
So over the coming months I will be posting here and on a Facebook page (for the non-Honda centric family and friends, etc) as I travel along. The first few weeks will be pretty dull travel-wise as it largely will be just seeing family and friends as I make my way down the east coast. But check back in later as once I reach the Southeastern U.S. the pictures and video will start to pop up. I bought a year-long National Park pass and plan to put it to good use, with the Everglades likely being my first NP. Loading the CR-V up in the 19F garage yesterday definitely have left me excited to hit Florida...