The Great American Roadtrip

Six weeks. One Jeep. And three ordinary people — on the lookout for extraordinary adventure. We hit the road in July 2010, and drove more than 10,000 miles, rediscovering America, from coast-to-coast through the heartland. The trip took us along Route 66, the Pacific Coast highway, into Death Valley, and down to the Rio Grande before we made our way to New Orleans and then back up through the south home to New York. Along the way, we camped in state parks, national forests and remote back country sites (with hotel stopovers in the more urban locations). And we made sure to get up close and personal with the land as well, hiking, rafting, hang gliding, canyoneering, and more.

For a complete look at the trip, with notes from the road, our trip log, and planning tools, see our roadtrip site. Or follow the links below for details on specific segments.

The Great American Roadtrip: New York, A Beginning…


We set out for a six week adventure across America in July of 2010. New York to California via Route 66, and then back on a loop that took us through Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana before turning north toward home. New York was the beginning. With the team gathered, we finished final preparations, loaded the Jeep, and hit the road… [ continue ]

READ MORE: LET’S TAKE A ROAD TRIP (the challenges of trip planning) | READY, SET, GO! (anticipation and final preparations) | NEW YORK, A STARTING POINT… (about New York and our departure) | UNDER THE HOOD (preparing the Jeep) | TIME FOR A NEW TENT (choosing a tent) | PORTFOLIO: NEW YORK (images from NYC, Long Island and the team’s send-off)

The Great American Roadtrip: An Idea…

It started out simple enough — the old “wouldn’t it be fun to…” kind of idle chat between two friends on a lazy summer afternoon. “Wouldn’t it be fun to take the Jeep and drive Route 66 to California…” Six weeks and 10,000 miles later, we had done way more than a “simple” Route 66 trip… it was a life changing experience… [ read more ]