If you don’t want to catch the travel bug, do not read Lois Requist’s “RVing Solo Across America…without a cat, dog, man or gun”. The book is a delightful journal of a smart sixty-six year old woman’s 30,000 mile trek through the U.S. and Canada in her Class B Roadtrek 170 (christened “Rhonda” by its owner). Why a Roadtrek? I asked the author. She said “At the time (2005), it was the smallest fully self-contained unit on the market, at least that I was aware of.” Along with hundreds of other destinations, Ms. Requist ferried to Ocracoke Island off the coast of North Carolina and to Cape Hatteras. She visited Nova Scotia’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. She crossed over one of Michigan’s and the world’s longest suspension bridges to visit Mackinaw City, a former French Trading post settled in 1715.
While easily driving or chatting with strangers at a lunchtime restaurant, meeting up with friends or family along her way, this lone traveler was plagued by sleep problems throughout her journey. She also experienced loneliness and often wished for a companion – someone to read maps and help search out RV parks.
In her book, Ms. Requist says “I had planned this as a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so I didn’t join the RV groups – the singles, or the women in Roadtreks, or the gatherings – because those things required planning and time. If I planned to be in an RV for years, these associations could fill some of the loneliness gap.”
The book contains a map of her complete journey and a list of resources that helped her prepare for and execute her trip. In her advice list in the appendix of the book she warns: plan your trip with seasons and weather in mind, don’t hang out at rest stops and avoid fast food restaurants. RVing Solo Across America also has a juicy route and recommendations section that includes state by state and Canadian province by province park reviews, campsite, store and restaurant recommendations and even beauty shops that the author experienced during her travels.
To search for used Roadtreks in your area, you can search by brand at RVT.com’s RV Manufacturers’ page http://www.rvt.com/Roadtrek-RVs-for-Sale/