For our 6th installation of the En Route Series we caught up with Jon, Gale, and their Huckberry Sprinter. From Jon and Gale on the road:
Independent of each other we were both looking for a change. Our jobs were “good”, but no longer what was best for us. I’d grown up dreaming of a van trip rambling across the country and the idea had crept back into my head. After mentioning the idea to Gale after dinner one night, I learned she’d taken a shorter road trip in high school and was totally down to hit the road longer term. We started planning pretty much immediately; saving money, paying down debts, and lots of van research. It took over a year for us to be in the position to resign from our Boston jobs and start to make the trip a reality.
We bought a 2004 Dodge Sprinter that had been a construction van and spent this past summer turning it into an apartment (cabin) on wheels for the two of us. Finally in mid-August we were ready to hit the road. Our Sprinter was now a home that we were excited to move into with a queen size bed, dinette for four-ish people, and power from a Yeti 1250 Solar Generator and Boulder 90 Solar Panels. It’s been nearly two months since we set out from York, ME and we’ve seen a lot: over 4,500 miles of road, 6 National Parks, 17 states, innumerable National Forests, and a few Walmart parking lots.
We get asked what the destination is for the trip a lot. There never has been one, but we’re open to the idea of finding one we’d really like to head back to when the wanderlust begins to burn a little less brightly. But, there was always a goal to change the daily norm and that we’ve definitely done.
And for those of you who have been asking for more detail on how these vehicles are outfitted with solar, Jon and Gale stuck around for a bit and showed us more about their setup. Check out the video below: