“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Starting to feel a bit restless, waiting to find the right RV, I decided to convert my 2009 Hyundai Accent into a solo car camper. A CaRV of sorts… ha ha. Quick rundown, it took two afternoons, some scrap wood for the frame, a sheet of plywood, wood glue, screws, hinges, blah blah… My boyfriend helped with the carpentry and we were able to design the frame so that it makes no permanent alterations to the car. When I want to go back to a regular car, I just take out the frame and put the seats back in. Easy cheesy. Storage underneath the sleeping platform makes it so everything can be packed away and out of site. A memory foam mattress cut to fit, some curtains for the windows and viola! Stealth camper car.
I wanted to take it for a spin so I headed off to Mississippi to drop in on my little sister. A short 1,666 mile (total) road trip from Tarpon Springs, Florida to Nesbit, Mississippi. Through Georgia and Alabama. Interstates, Highways and byways. Sunrises and sunsets.
A stack of old CDs and a cooler to my left. My pup, Auryn in the back, we headed North. Stopping when we needed a stretch, a pee or a fill up, I came across some of the sad crumbling America. Like this gas station and pawn shop somewhere in Alabama.
Or this Flea Market in Georgia.
I decided to go at a steady pace with minimal distractions on the way to my sisters and that meant no scenic camping area for the overnight. I went with a 24 security rest area on 65 in Alabama instead and it was pretty darn peaceful. No real distractions, fairly quite, clean bathrooms and plenty of room for walking the dog. It was so easy I stopped there on my way back as well.