Live in Your Truck on Vacation!
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“Hey, Disaster Guy! You planning to take a late summer vacation this year?” Red asked.
“Sure! I’ll be leaving in a week, and I’ll be gone for a month,” the Disaster Guy said. “I’ll see the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.”
“Pardon me for asking, but how can you afford to do that?” Red asked. “My wife did some checking on motels, and they wanted $91 a night!”
“A month of motels at that price would cost thousands of dollars,” he said. “And eating out would cost another thousand!”
“Red, the answer is that I can’t afford that,” the Disaster Guy said.
“Then how will you do it?” Red asked. “What, max out your credit card?”
“Not really,” the Disaster Guy said. “There’s a trick! I plan to live in my truck during my summer vacation.”
“Oh! Live in your truck!” Red exclaimed. “Why, I should have thought of that!”
“Yes, you should have,” the Disaster Guy said. “Two months ago, you saw me preparing my pickup truck so I could sleep in the back. You saw how I built plywood cabinets inside the pickup truck bed to hold everything from clothing to a propane stove.”
“You saw how I made room right down the middle of the pickup bed for a place to sleep,” he said. “And we discussed the kind of supplies I was planning to put into the truck.”
“Yes, I do seem to remember that conversation,” Red said.
“So, with all that preparation, did you think I was going to sleep in my truck in the driveway?” the Disaster Guy asked.
“Actually, I never thought about it,” Red said. “You could sleep anywhere you want with that rig.”
“And that’s the point, Red,” the Disaster Guy said. “I can sleep anywhere I want – anywhere! I’ll live in my truck.”
“Where will you go?” Red asked.
“The country is covered with U.S. Highways, state highways, and county roads. Once you get off the Interstates, folks in local restaurants and gas stations can tell you about local sights to see that few people know about,” the Disaster Guy said. “That’s where I’m going.”
“For instance, there’s the Bracken Cave by San Antonio, filled with bats that emerge at dusk,” he said. “There are trout streams you can park next to, and have trout for breakfast. I can even eat in university cafeterias.”
“I’m going to national parks, put my canoe on some rivers I’ve never seen before, and take the truck up some mountain roads to see what’s up there,” he said. “I expect to visit some ghost towns, and drive through New York City.”
“Wow!” said Red. “But seriously, can you afford it?”
“I figure that if I go 200 miles a day, I’ll spend $30 a day on gasoline, pay for one meal, and cook the rest on the propane stove on my tailgate,” the Disaster Guy said. “I can sleep in parking lots and county airports.”
“So, if you figure $50 a day for a month, that’s $1,500,” he said. “Pretty cheap vacation, if I do say so myself!”
“What about, um, using the bathroom?” Red asked.
“Every time I get gasoline, every time I eat in a restaurant, every time I buy food,” the Disaster Guy said. “And that doesn’t count truck stops, airports, and rest stops.”
“Do you think you’ll get lonely?” Red asked.
“I doubt it. That’s what the cell phone is for,” the Disaster Guy said. “Besides, if you don’t like your own company, you shouldn’t go on a trip like this.”
“And remember, I only plan to go about 6,000 miles,” he said. “That’s coast-to-coast, two times. There will be too much to see and do to get lonesome. I’ll use this trip to help plan out the next one.”
“I think you’ve got it all thought out,” Red said. “I wish I’d done something like this when I was younger.”
“You could still do it!” the Disaster Guy said. “You’re not that old. There are elderly people driving cars and RVs all over the country. There’s no age limit.”
“Not to make excuses, but there’s no way I can see that I could do that,” Red said.
“Anybody can do it, Red. You have to want to do it enough that there’s no holding you back!” the Disaster Guy said. “Too many folks lose their nerve long before they lose their desire, or their tastes are too fancy to live in a pickup truck.”
The Disaster Guy has lots of experience in living in his pickup truck. It’s a fine way to travel. On his website, there are 160 free emergency preparedness and disaster survival tips. Go to www.DisasterGuy.com or e-mail him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.