May 2016 - April 2019
  • Day0

    Elvis Lives

    May 16, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    So who are we & what's this tour all about? We are Jo & Phil and Elvis is our 2000 Dodge Roadtrek, which is now our full time home (extreme tiny house nation)! We have been living in Princeton, NJ for just under 4 years, it was time to head back home to the UK so we decided to take the long way home.

    Why Elvis? Well it was a close call with Vinny VanGo, but our licence plate of ELV clinched it. He's well named: he gets around a bit, is carrying a few extra pounds, and wobbles a bit when he gets going!

    We have sold our house, given up our jobs & are off on a grand tour of the US before heading south to Central America. Sad to say goodbye to some lovely friends we've made in the US and of course our wonderful cat Bella but we are going on a Big Adventure.

    Life is short - you need to live it!
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    This is so fantastic, so glad you guys set up this blog. Will be following your travels. Miss you, Jo!!! G

    5/25/16Reply
    Tamsin Malone

    Oohh..this app is fab!! I look forward to following your adventure x

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    Tamsin Malone

    Awww poor Bella 🐱

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    Regina Young

    Absolutely!!!! Look forward to seeing you guys adventure. I'm inspired.

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  • Day1

    Princeton, United States

    May 17, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Le grande depart

    I know where your trip started... :) miss you already.

    5/26/16Reply
    Elvis Lives

    Technically it started at Valley Rd, but we didn't get very far. Thanks so much Galen & Yagoda for putting us up whilst we got ourselves sorted. Hoping we can do the same thing for you sometime soon

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  • Day2

    Day 1 (Wed 18th May 2016)

    May 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Day 1 of roadtrip! Had to stop off at Shady Maple for the all-you-can-eat Amish smorgasbord. Slightly more restrained than last visit, although still needed a wheel chair to get to the van (last time was a wheel barrow!).
    Overnighted in Cunningham Falls State Park, which was a little uninspiring. Didn’t help that we spent an hour driving around trying to get past the closed road. Still stuffed from lunchtime and after a few busy days the king size bed was calling pretty loudly.
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    Regina Young

    Amish food is the best.

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  • Day3

    Roadtripping

    May 19, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Loving our new Roadtrippers app, which helps you plan your route as well as showing you cool places on the way. The first dot on the map I spotted was a community sack slide only 5 miles away – had to be done! Kicked the kids out of the way and threw ourselves down a few times before growing up and heading on our way.
    Harpers Ferry was a small town en-route which sounded familiar, and ended up being a lovely historic town squished between Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Had good mooch around then some amazing pulled pork for lunch. Best bit was they somehow sent out a double order, although now feeling this might end up being a bit of a Wall-e roadtrip!
    Ended up in Shenandoah National Park, which we loved when we visited in last summer. Was about to get annoyed at these idiots parked in the middle of road until we realised they were watching a mummy bear with two young cubs. After we were done being those idiots, we cruised on down to Mathews Arm campsite and were impressed our little RV freezer had kept the cuzza properly frozen (which bodes well for ice cubes for the G&Ts!)
    Stretched our legs on the trail around the camp site, but almost immediately we were stopped in our tracks but another little family of our furry friends. After cautiously stalking them for a while we figured this probably was a bit of a Darwin theory moment so headed back for our first night around the camp fire.
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  • Day4

    Skyline Drive

    May 20, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Shenandoah is a thin spine of hills protruding out of Virginia and the Skyline Drive snakes along it. We hiked down to the valley floor taking in some 90ft falls on the way. Nearly stepped on a 4-foot black snake slithering across the trail. Felt good to walk off some that over-eating, before tucking into some camp fire burgers (note to self, stop talking about food!) and some properly cold G&Ts.Read more

    Regina Young

    You are really an outdoorsy gal!

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    Regina Young

    Beautiful! Worth the climb.

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  • Day5

    Luray Caverns

    May 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Woke up in the middle of a cloud so headed off the hills and deep underground.

    A bit touristy but definitely pretty impressive, especially the stalagmite organ!

    As we turned up the road to the campsite our route was blocked by a family of bears and we spent 15 minutes watching the cubs running across the road and climbing trees :)Read more

    that is awesome!

    5/26/16Reply
    Regina Young

    Wow!

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  • Day7

    Oh I do love to be beside the seaside

    May 23, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    (except when it's lashing it down!)

    Weather was pretty crappy yesterday so didn't see the point of driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in the clouds (the 2nd time we have bailed on the BRP) so drove over to the coast at Virginia Beach. Rained for most of the day, and the night, and the next day. Soooo glad we are not in tent - it's pretty cosy in here and with a good stack of TV stored up to watch we can hibernate through a few bad days of weather.

    We did have an amazing lunch stop yesterday at the Devil's Backbone Brewery. We discovered Catty Wompus on our last trip and drove past many other breweries to seek the hallowed ale. Well worth the small detour for the Jin and Khronic bevy - just a pity I was driving. Still confused about the ice to keep your pee cold though - hope that's not part of the brewing process!
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    Andrew Board

    I was in the Trent Bridge Inn only the other night drinking Devil's Backbone! Great beer (from what I can remember!)

    5/25/16Reply
    Elvis Lives

    Small world! Look out for the Catty Wompus (our fav). You might need to get the Untapped app to help you remember!

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  • Day7

    Outer Banks

    May 23, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Drove to a new state for us, North Carolina - the 'Tar Heel State' - not sure what that means, maybe we'll find out! The sun has come out at last so a BBQ dinner in our sand dune nestled campsite.

  • Day8

    Wright Brothers National Memorial

    May 24, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    As a kid I was a bit fascinated with early flight and I wasn't going to pass up on a chance to visit Kitty Hawk.

    What's most amazing is that 66 years after flying 852 feet is that we put a man on the moon (with a big of the original plane in his pocket).

    Spent the rest of the day lazing around on the beach and pimping put Elvis with a new stereo (we now get more than one radio station, although they are all playing country music!)
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    Andrew Board

    So far you have pretty much done exactly the route I am planning for our summer trip next year. Keep going, I am making notes!!

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  • Day9

    Alligator River

    May 25, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Another run along the beach followed busy a quick dip to cool down then the inaugural outing of our inflatable kayak at Alligator River. Fortunately the closest we got to one was a pair of eyes disappearing under the surface.

    Visited the lost colony - Walter Raleigh's first settlers. As you can guess from the title things didn't go so well for them. The first 'American' baby was born there, appropriately called Virginia Dare.

    Checked out the beach but the pesky bitey flies took the edge of it. Ended up chillaxing back at camp and settling in to watch the first Game of Thrones (only 6 series to go...) As you can see from the photo, it's pretty comfy back there with a king size bed that we leave up as we lazy!
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    Martin Molyneux

    You've got the whole of GOT to look forward too... lucky you 😉

    5/26/16Reply
    Regina Young

    Great pic.

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