The Great America (Socially Distanced) Road Trip

When COVID-19 sidelined our international vagabonding adventure, my husband Daniel and I came up a new plan: let’s tour the United States in an RV. A motorhome will not only transport us to new and interesting places, it will also enable us to avoid other people. We can use our own bathroom, cook our own food, and sleep on our own bed.

So we took the plunge and bought our first recreational vehicle. We are now the proud owners of a 2000 VW Winnebago Rialta 22HD. Although we encountered some challenges when purchasing the Rialta, the vehicle is in great working order and we couldn’t be happier.

Before leaving on our trip, we spent some time customizing it and turning the Rialta into home. After 9 months of living without a permanent home, it’s nice to have a place to call our own again.

Our 2000 Rialta 22HD on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Daniel and I will begin by crossing the country along Interstate 90, hitting National Parks and roadside attractions along the way. World’s largest strawberry? Yes please. SPAM Museum? Indubitably. Glacier National Park? Absolutely.

These plans are all rather tentative, however, depending on the spread of COVID-19. Some of these locations will be closed or too crowded to safely visit. In those cases, we will content ourselves with simply driving by from a distance. Daniel and I take the Coronavirus seriously and don’t want to inadvertently spread it to others.

“Masks are terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing the in the future.” -The Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride

If things get too dicey, however, we may have to change course to avoid hotspots or shelter in place for a while. Even though we’ve both already recovered from COVID-19, too much is unknown about the virus to be sure if we are immune (or for how long). So we wear masks when out in public and avoid areas where other people are congregated and/or not taking the proper precautions.

I’m keeping a blog as we travel. To follow along on our journey (so far), read on…

The Great America Road Trip Blog

Washington and Idaho

Day 1: La Conner to Lake Easton State Park
Day 2: Lake Easton to Riverside State Park
Day 3: Idaho, We Hardly Knew Ye

Montana and Wyoming

Day 4: Welcome to Montana
Day 5: Welcome to Glacier National Park
Day 6: Rocky Point Nature Trail
Day 7: Avalanche Lake and Polebridge
Day 8: Going-to-the-Sun Road
Day 9: Garnet Ghost Town
Days 10 & 11: Boondocking Near Yellowstone
Day 12: Welcome to Yellowstone
Day 13: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Day 14: Lazy Day by the River
Day 15: Too Many People
Day 16: Hello Grand Tetons
Day 17: A Long and Bumpy Road
Day 18: Lizard Creek Campground
Day 19: Jenny Lake Hike
Day 20: Sunset at Grand Prismatic Spring
Day 21: Wildlife Fiesta
Days 22-25: The Middle of Nowhere
Day 26: Bear’s Lodge (Devil’s Tower)
Day 27: Joyner Ridge and Red Beds Trails

South Dakota and Iowa

Days 28-29: The Beautiful Black Hills
Day 30: Custer State Park
Day 31: Wall Drug Store – A Kitschy Paradise
Day 32: Backpacking in the Badlands
Day 33: A New Time Zone
Day 34, Part I: Keeping it Corny at the Corn Palace
Day 34, Part II: Porter Sculpture Park: A Quirky Roadside Attraction along I-90
Day 34, Part III: Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

Minnesota and Wisconsin

Day 35: Spam, Glorious Spam! A Visit to the SPAM Museum
Days 36-42: Duluth Interlude
Day 41: A Jaunt along the Superior Hiking Trail
Days 42-26: Rest, Research and Repairs in Woodbury
Day 46: A Visit to the Twin Cities (HmongTown, George Floyd Square, Lake Minnetonka and lots of Sculptures)
Day 47: Flat Tire at the World’s Largest Six Pack
Day 48: The Case of the Elusive Rialta Tires
Day 49: A Disappointing Day in The Dells
Day 51: Hiking the Ice Age Trail in Devil’s Lake State Park
Day 74: Losing my Momentum: The Car Trouble Edition


Hello from Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington!