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Life’s been pretty uneventful for us since I broke my leg while surfing in Costa Rica and cabin fever has slowly started to set in. We were hoping to spend March exploring Costa Rica, and April in Peru, but the accident forced us to cancel all of our travel plans and spend the last 6 weeks in bed (Well, I spent it in bed while Max patiently catered for all of my needs).

Max and Oksana heading out for a surf. Playa Avellanas. Costa Rica
Before this unlucky day, we were really looking forward to spending a month in Costa Rica!

My recovery is going really well (I’m already putting some weight on my foot and doing lots of exercises to strengthen my leg muscles), but it’ll be another 4-6 weeks before I can walk on my own again.  The idea of spending another month doing nothing did not sound appealing at all, so we started thinking outside the box.

What adventures can we go on while I was still on crutches? We looked into all-inclusive resorts (so not us!)  and cruises (I’m still not sold on cruising after my first cruise to the Bahamas last year) before Max had a brilliant idea.

“Let’s go on a road trip!”

My eyes lit up. We loved road tripping around Australia in a campervan and always knew that one day we’d love to explore the US in a similar way.

Enjoying time on Cable Beach in Western Australia during one of our campervan adventures in Australia
Enjoying time on Cable Beach during one of our campervan adventures in Australia

“Tell me more…”, I said with anticipation. Could this be the perfect solution to our immobility problem?

His plan was brilliant. We would rent a campervan (or an RV as they call them on this side of the world), equipped with all the comforts of a home, and travel across the US, checking out cities and sights along the way. 

It didn’t take us long to find the perfect route and the plan was set in place.

We took advantage of an amazing Factory Delivery Special through Cruise America and got ourselves a brand new 7-person RV that we’ll be driving from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Cruise America C30 RV
This will be our home on wheels! Photo via Cruise America

We set off on our big adventure on April 15th and will be spending 2 weeks driving through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and ending our trip in Los Angeles, California. Yes, I won’t be able to hike in the national parks, we won’t be able to walk around the cities, but we will undoubtedly enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way!

Our US Road Trip: Chicago to Los Angeles
Our US Road Trip: Chicago to Los Angeles

We’ll drive through some of USA’s most scenic drives, including Loess Hills Trail in Iowa, Pike’s Peak in Colorado, and Highway 179 in Arizona, to name just a few!

Views from Pike's Peak Highway. Photo by Jennifer Boyer via Flickr CC
Views from Pike’s Peak Highway. Photo by Jennifer Boyer via Flickr CC

Our home on wheels is MASSIVE, but we didn’t mind the size, since it gives us lots of room to cook, sleep, eat, and work on the road. Plus, it has a bathroom and hot water shower inside!

Oh, and did I mention that it’s only costing us $39/night?

Floorplan: Cruise America C30 Large RV
Layout of our awesome brand new Cruise America RV

We are spending the next 10 days tying up loose ends in Costa Rica and gearing up for our trip! We are so excited that our next adventure is just around the corner! 

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My broken leg injury makes it difficult for us to leave the house, so we found a way to continue to travel without needing to go far away from our "house".

 

Have you ever traveled through any of these states before? We’d love to hear your tips, so we can make the most of our upcoming adventure!

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11 thoughts on “We Are Going on a Road Trip Across the U.S.”

  1. Cheryl Ioakimidis

    I live 30 minutes from O’hare airport!!!! I would be happy to help with questions!!!
    Glad you guys were able to make lemonade!!!!

    1. We’d love some advice! We’ll be there on Friday. Anything cool going on in the city that we should check out? Keeping in mind that walking around isn’t my forte right now 🙂

  2. Oh such a cool idea! Road tripping in America is so much fun and will work really well if you’re less mobile. Lots of the National & State parks have wheelchair accessible trials that would probably be manageable for you on crutches. We always looked for these ones because they were great for tiny children to walk or to take strollers on. If you get a chance to, go up to Milwaukee from Chicago. It’s a cool little city with lots of beer and cheese and very blogger-friendly.

    1. Thanks, Bethaney! Max promised to piggy-back me around the park if I get tired of walking. 😉 Milwaukee is definitely on our radar. Can’t decide if it’s worth a detour this time around. There is so much to see along the way from Chicago to LA that we are starting to feel like 2 weeks is going to be rushed.

  3. Oksana & Max –

    Sounds like a route on the old Route 66.

    http://www.brspecial.com/highway-route-66.shtml

    A must see is Frijoles Canyon in Bandolier National Monument in New Mexico.

    http://www.brspecial.com/frijoles-canyon-bandelier-national-monument-hike.shtml

    In fact, look hard at seeing as much of New Mexico as possible. Concentrate on the area around Santa Fe/Albuquerque in the Sandia Mountains and areas around Santa Fe like Espanol and on to Taos. It is the most magical state of the 50 states. Anyone who spends much time there knows how the place seriously grows on you.

    I lived there for years and New Mexico is the only place in America that could ever induce me to return to the US. Should you ever get around to touring Turkey (where I live now in a small village on the Mediterranean Sea) give me a shout and I can fill you in on most of the south coast of this country.

    Cheers – Ken Curtis
    http://www.southcoastofturkey.com
    http://www.black-sea-turkey.com

    1. Thanks for the tips, Ken. We have chosen to make our way through Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, instead of following Route 66. But we’ll definitely consider adding New Mexico to the end of the itinerary, maybe we’ll join up with route 66 then and check out the area of Santa Fe and its surroundings. You’ve really talked it up 🙂

  4. Keri @ Ladies what travel

    Oh congrats on coming up with a great travel plan that’ll work for you while on crutches! I can imagine you’re desperate for a new adventure so hope you have a wonderful time! I’ve spent some time wheelchair bound and on crutches so I know how frustrating things can get (I still use a walking stick when I need to!) but if you do get tired being on your feet and need to rest but still want to be out and about, like Bethaney mentioned, you’ll be surprised how many places will offer you a courtesy wheelchair so you can still go out and explore. Look forward to following your trip! K x

  5. If you go through Colorado Springs be sure to check out Garden of the Gods. A lot of people experience altitude sickness on the drive up Pikes Peak, the summit house is equipped with oxygen if you need it. There is an area to stop midway up if you need to take an acclimation break. You can also ride the cog railway up the peak if you are worried about whether or not your RV can handle the mountain (the drive down is the tricky part).

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