set out in September with no particular route or timetable.
The idea was to relax, and have an adventure.
We spent six weeks on the road, staying in cheap hotels,
and camping in the van.
the early stages of the trip, Mary sent an email update to some
friends. Fueled by their requests for more, she continued to send
updates on more or less a weekly basis. Here is an excerpt from
the first email.
from Chapter One....
decided we should check into a hotel. After consulting our coupie
book, we decided on the Quality Inn, just down the street. As we
pulled in, we saw two police officers near their cars, wiping there hands.
As we pulled to the front of the hotel, the entrance was blocked
by two more police cars. While deciding what to do, a young police
officer, wearing latex gloves approached us, and asked if he could help
us. At this point, Caryn saw another officer enter the hotel with
his gun drawn. Mary explained that we were going to check into
the hotel, but we were skeptical, given all the police activity.
At this point, the first two officers also were at the van. They
suggested we go down the road to the Fairfield Inn, a “new, clean hotel”
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mode of transportation was a 1999 VW Eurovan Camper. This
is an updated version of the VW Campervan. This version
has a stove, sink and even a furnace for those chilly nights.
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