During Dave and I's usual antics of the new year, Dave bombarded me with an explosive idea. We have already talked in thorough amounts about getting the RV, doing research and even went window shopping. Also, by moving into his parent's house we have saved roughly 10k. We are well on our way to owning and starting our Class C Chevy Chassis RV. We did tons of research on different types of RVs and even went window shopping. But, in celebrating the new year, Dave's alter ego Drunk Dave came up with a brilliant and fascinating idea, instead of RVing the world what if we buy some really awesome touring bikes and bicycle across America? (On a side note, I am using 8,000 of our saved money to get a breast reduction surgery. It's a much needed surgery and I don't have any insurance. The opportunity presented itself and we acted upon it. It only puts us 4 months back on savings.)
Anywhoodles, there are of course pros and cons to both RVing and cycling across our great nation. But, we are both opportunist and love this idea.
1: We would be extremely comfortable and safe. By using an apartment on wheels, we could sleep anywhere comfortably. We would also be able to keep all our stuff with us. With me being able to continue doing artwork, keeping up with my Etsy account, and having all of my girly clothing, shoes and dresses. Dave would be able to keep all of his electronics with him, enough said. We wouldn't feel exposed and our safety would be in a higher place.
2: I could get a dog. I love dogs, and we would be able to care for one in the RV, not a bike.
1: Money would be extremely tight. Financing and adventure like this would be in the 40k range if we wanted to do this for a year, and we might have to get jobs along the way. Gas is a money sucker and with our 7 to 10 gas mileage machine we would be spending a lot of it. Plus you have to take into account food and lodging. Most RV resorts and national parks are very expensive and some of them would not have the hook ups we need.
2: We wouldn't be experiencing. We would fly by towns that could be an awesome experience trying to get to our next "destination". Everything would go by faster, and we wouldn't be able to really experience America first hand.
1: We completely would experience everything. We would be there in the middle of everything. Stopping at any place that seemed interesting or just cycling till we were too tired to cycle anymore. Meeting new people and seeing America first hand.
2: Financing a trip like this would be easy. Gas is our own bodies so we would be able to spend the extra money on whatever we want. We would be able to stop and eat wherever we wanted, and sleep comfortably almost every night in hotels. Not to mention all the awesome people we could meet that could help us with showers and couches to sleep on. Going this route would cost probably 25k.
1: Keeping a clean hygiene would not be so easy. Showering would be difficult if we couldn't find a place to sleep for the night and have to pinch a tent. My hair is down to the middle of my back and the longest I've ever had it. If I don't shower within a day it's almost as if I haven't showered in weeks. I would have to cut my hair short in order to maintain it. But, a plus is, I could color it too and working in retail prevents that.
2: I wouldn't be able to keep all my stuff or adopt a dog. Art would be extremely hard to do. At best, I could have some of my watercolor stuff and little to no posting on my Etsy account. Also with limited storage, I wouldn't be able to have all of my personal possessions, clothing, shoes, books, and whatnot. And Dave can't bring his electronics for the risk of them getting stolen. I also couldn't get a dog as a companion on my adventure.
It is a lot to marinate on, but one thing is for sure. We are going on an adventure either way, and I do plan on documenting it on this blog. I welcome all comments and questions. Or any advice from people who have done this. Also if anyone would like to buy any of my artwork on Etsy (Kristin Miller Art), anything you purchase from me will go towards whatever adventure me and Dave decide to embark on.