In 9 weeks, Callum and I are off on an adventure that has been a long time in the making. For years, we have talked about wanting to travel and see more of the US, especially out west. It was always a “we’ll get around to it someday” kind of dream. Then almost a year ago we looked at buying a condo and realized that we weren’t sure if we wanted a condo or to be tied down to Toronto. That’s when we decided that it was time to make this dream a reality, we didn’t want a condo, we wanted to travel.
We bought a 1994 Roadtrek camper van. We made a timeline. We gave up our apartment in Toronto and put all our belongings in storage. And pretty soon, we’re leaving.
We’re still working on making a rough plan but we’re going to leave at the beginning of November and go west to Portland, OR. When we get to Portland, we’ll go down the west coast and we’re meeting my mom in California for Christmas. From there, we’ll follow the warm weather along the bottom of the US and end up back in Toronto in April.
Our plan is to explore nature as much as possible. We want to see the National Parks. We want to run as many trails as possible and spend our days hiking. We’re going to make a rough plan but leave the flexibility to stay somewhere we really like for longer.
I’ve decided not to sign up for any races before we leave but if we’re near somewhere with a race that I want to do then I will do it. I hope to get to meet a lot of online running friends in person and get to see trails from a local’s perspective.
We’re currently putting together a website so you can follow along with the adventure! If you live somewhere along our route and want to go on a run or have a driveway that we can park in, let me know!
Do you have any favourite spots that we should make sure to visit? What’s the best road trip that you’ve been on?