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  • Well hello there! Glad you've stumbled upon Wandering Footsteps, the travel journal of a nomadic couple on a slow overland trip around the world. With thirty years of travel experience between us and a round-the-world trip already under the belt of our trusty 1988 Toyota-cum-camper van, this journey is bound to be interesting! Join us in our global wanderings - we've saved an extra seat just for you!

    - Brittany and Bruno

2016 may not have been a year of great travel stats for Wandering Footsteps – it’s been more one of house-living, social visits, and the search for our new home-on-wheels. Yet, as I sit in a Walmart parking lot near Los Angeles reflecting on the past year, I can safely say it’s been one filled with important moments, special memories, challenges, and lessons learned. Happy New Year from us to you!

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  • Freya Gnerre - Dear Brittany and Bruno,
    I loved your recent “blog”, and am still waiting for your reply from my email so I can get your feed back. Good luck on finding your new “home” on wheels. I know you will find it! Happy, healthy New Year. Love, Auntie FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you, Freya, for your kind wishes and words! I am so behind on my emails — we are living and breathing this new camper van project. Apologies! But I do plan to reply as soon as possible! :) Until then, Happy New Year to you, too!ReplyCancel

We’re leaving Phoenix tomorrow.  Been here over two weeks looking for a shuttle bus to convert into an RV.  We’ve spent so many hours in so many libraries doing so much research.  We’ve looked at so many Craigslist ads, sent out so many inquiry messages, looked at so many busses.  Still, nothing.
Had I known things would be this complicated I may have forced myself to accept a regular RV.

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  • Nikos&Georgi - Hola chicos.

    We did not expect that it would be that difficult to find something near to your needs in North America. Do you think that in Europe it would be easier? Have you thought about Sprinters (the big ones with double rear axle) or not? They are expensive but..

    Oooooouufff.. good luck in any case!! We can totally understand you.

    All the best. Hope you will find it soon. The conversion process will be awesome and you will really enjoy it (we did!).

    Love

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    • Brittany - Thanks for the encouragement – we need it right now! We’re actually considering going back to Europe to try to buy something in Germany..! But we’ll have to see what the process for that is, and we’re still hoping to luck out and find our Ford. The Sprinters are indeed to expensive in the States – better to ship one from Europe! But in any case, it’s a bit too small for what we want now – we want BIG! Well, not BIG BIG, but BIG-ish! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alain - Sorry about all the tribulations you’re going through. I’m sure the end result will be just (about) what you want. In any case, our offer of our driveway and shower still stands. Email if interested. AlainReplyCancel

I don’t know why it is, but whenever I think of U.S. National Parks, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t the Grand Canyon, the rock arches throughout Utah, or the arctic wildlife of Alaska. It’s Yogi Bear. It’s obvious that I need a proper education in America’s National Parks, isn’t it? At Petrified Forest N.P. and Saguaro N.P., I finally got it.

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - Brittany, very good reporting, Bruno. very good photography. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Sale - Hi Both,

    Have just stumbled upon your Blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. We are hoping to start slow traveling in our VW transporter in June this year. We will start in Europe and are wandering what you need to do about taxing your vehicle (we are based in the UK),

    Good luck with the new bus, sounds exciting,

    Cheers
    LeighReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Leigh, we’re super happy you found our blog AND that you’re planning an overland adventure! You’re gonna love it! :)

      We definitely want to help provide any advice or tips we can, but aren’t quite sure what you mean by taxing your vehicle? Do you mean taxes to pay to travel with the vehicle? If so, there are none – you can go anywhere in Europe without paying any fees. If not, can you clarify? Thanks, and happy preparations! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rcs - I particularly liked the pic of Totoyaya in the middle of all the saguaro cacti…only Bruno and Uncle Rick would think of doing this!
    Thanks for the lesson in cacti life cycle.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Actually, you may be surprised to find out that the Totoyaya-in-cactus-forest photo was all my idea! I’m getting good, eh? :)ReplyCancel

This is Part II of our post on Route 66, taking you through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Read on to find out why we don’t make it to the end of the road, our concluding thoughts on our road trip, and tips for those planning their own kicks down Route 66.

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  • rcs - I actually watched Molly’s video (fast-forwarding in certain areas) but she ate three 72oz. steaks, each with a roll, baked potato and salad plus lots of water to wash it down, in 20 minutes!!! Unbelievable…
    Thought Bruno might like to try it???ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I should have know you would watch it… It actually made me nauseous, and I stopped after about a minute or so.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - I really loved this 2-part installment. So interesting and who knew it would be? I am as pleasantly surprised as you likely were. As always the photos are a great addition.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - We went a little camera-crazy during this road trip – over 1,000 photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - P.S. Love ya…ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - Enough of Route 66 eh! O well, when you get to Tucson, try biking up Mount Lemmon.. That will get rid of all the biscuits and gravy.
    Have a Merry Christmas and wishing you safe travels
    GrampaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I actually specifically thought of you and Leonie when I gave the advice at the end about my favourite section of the route being Illinois. I could totally see the two of you doing Chicago-St. Louis as a road trip next summer. What do you think??ReplyCancel

  • Marc - http://bbc.in/2fZba4Z

    By chance last week there was a programme on the BBC radio 4 about the “The Green Book”…very illuminating, disturbing and a bit chilling about not so distant American history.

    You are a pretty amazing couple…thanks for sharing your travels and especially your feelings and interpretations of what you come across. Your writing style is wonderfully straightforward, smooth kind and warm hearted.

    Thank you.

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    • Brittany - Thank you very much for the wonderful compliment – I’m blushing! :)

      I had first heard about the Green Book on a podcast called 99% Invisible. It’s so important to look beyond the general narratives we are fed about the places we visit, and I’m slowly learning to consider the way minority communities experience and interpret different historical events.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog, and especially for dropping us a note! Please do stay in touch!

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Nat King Cole sang, “If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that’s best; get your kicks on Route 66.” Well, our plan was to head west, so, even though Route 66 had never been on either of our bucket lists, Bruno and I decided to listen to Nat King Cole. We would, like so many before us, get our kicks on Route 66!

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  • Elizabeth S - While Route 66 has been a curiosity, it had not been on my bucket list either. But now it may very well be. A true piece of Americana. Your discriptions had me feeling I was traveling with you. Can’t wait for the 2nd part!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Well my second Route 66 post will have tips and other pieces of advice, which could help you if you do ever plan this type of trip. Stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Rcs - Yes-haw…howdy doody there pardner….
    Guess I better bring some salad fixins when I visit Okleeehoma.
    Y’all havin’ some fun I reckon checkin’ out things…looks like more fun than puttin’ your hand in a barrel of rattlers.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Wow, you would fit right in… NOT!!ReplyCancel