Since I can remember, I’ve always been curious about what is just down the street, around the bend, or over the hill. Now I’m on a mission to explore as many roads, from beginning to end, that I can!
In 2016, I completed a 48 state road trip. While I was on the Keweenaw Peninsula (in Michigan’s UP), I ended up on the northern end of US 41. It’s a dirt road up there, and I realized it travels all the way south to Miami, where it essentially empties out into the underground parking garage of the Bank of America building. With two ends that are so glaringly different, I was curious as to all the neighbours in between. Then I started tracing other long, long roads on the map, and reading up on the original historic auto routes from the 1910s and 1920s, and decided there was enough to keep me busy for years to come.
The RV is a 2015 Thor Axis. It’s 26-ish feet long, 11’3″ tall, built on a Ford E-350 chassis, with a 6.8L V10 gas engine. I usually get somewhere near 9.5mpg, but it fluctuates with my driving/travelling style (backroads vs interstates, full or empty fresh water…).
The images on the side are a printed wrap (a bit like a giant sticker). The driver’s side is a 1918 AAA map of the original (and some just planned) auto trails. The passenger side is a 1947 Rand McNally map that shows the road network after the shift to a numbered highway system.