In the Last Year…

Hey Everyone,

Memorial Day weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the Great American Road trip and I’m sure you’ve all been wondering, “What in the heck have those traveling Truckies been up to in the last year?”  Steph and John have both moved on to new opportunities and we asked them both to give you an update on their lives since their time with the Truckster.  Read on to find out where their at and what lies in store for your favorite traveling twosome!

From Stephanie:

Well hello, hello fearless travelers! Truckie Steph here, reporting live from the Big Apple.

truckie stephanie  with stature of liberty

Truckie Stephanie settles in in NYC

Since my days behind the wheel I’ve moved to Hoboken,NJ, and began my first ‘big girl job’ in the world of digital advertising for Neo@Ogilvy in Manhattan. Sadly, I haven’t actually driven since last summer and I must say that I miss it. At least I went out with a bang. Most people who miss driving up here can’t say they spent 3 months driving around the country before handing over their keys for good… but this girl can.

In fact, I think the next time you’ll be passing me on the highway should be my next vacation which involves a road trip to Tennessee. Being from Austin, I’m a big live music fan so I’m spoiling myself with a ticket to Bonnaroo music festival in June. I’ll be the one passing out Frisbees and beach balls next to the big green station wagon and staying in that rockin’ vacation rental from HomeAway.com…

Oh man, I wish that were true!!!!

No joke, I just had this flash back to the first time I sat in the Truckster driver’s seat. It was the lunch hour in downtown Austin and my boss and I went out for a test run. I was so nervous, so excited! I think I probably made our boss a little anxious that day, but she still let me come along for the ride of lifetime. That’s so cheesy to say, but I can’t seem to wipe the silly smile off my face right now, so it must be true.

Truckie Stephanie at Work

Hard at work at her new job with Neo@Ogilvy

Though my ‘truckie’ days might be over, that doesn’t mean a thing when It comes to the memories John and I made last summer, the frequency at which I continue to wear my Truckster shirt OR the fact that I still refuse to hold a cold beverage without a koozie in hand, preferably a blue one with our favorite family’s faces printed on it! Plus, any day I choose to relive the dream I’m so pumped we chronicled our voyage for the world to see and for me to remember. (Shout out to all the amazing travel bloggers we met along the way. I miss that life but thank goodness I get to live vicariously through your stories! Every traveler needs a blog!)

And with that, I better get back to my day job. Somebody convince that driving partner of mine to stop by for an overdue visit.  : )

Gear up friends, summer’s almost here and you know what that means: ROAD TRIP!

From John:

Hey again!

I’m writing to give you an update and prove that life does exist after Truckie retirement.  After leaving the Great American Road Trip, I packed all my belongings (1 suitcase full) and moved to Athens,GA, home of the University of Georgia.  Although I’m no longer in college and did not attend UGA, I like the town a lot because of the warm weather, my apartment complex’s pool and its colorful music scene.

Truckie John at work at Edelman PR

Truckie John now spends his days at Edelman Public Relations in Atlanta

To make sure I don’t lose my driving abilities, I currently commute to and from Atlanta where I work at Edelman Public Relations.  When I started at Edelman, I was on their Digital team but recently moved to their Crisis and Issues Management department where I work in an extremely fast-paced environment full of surprises!  I guess since the Truckster broke down so many times, I had the crisis experience that qualified me for my current job.  Soon, I plan on moving to Atlanta, but for now, I’m cruising Holiday Road every day to work.

I still talk to Adam and Steph periodically, mostly to reflect on driving through fields of grasshoppers or to dream of living in vacation homes again.  I haven’t seen the Truckster since we parted last August, but I hear it’s in great shape and ready for public appearances.  With some extra cash I have saved up from last summer, I’m investing in some wood paneling for the side of my car (a Prius).  Just kidding…or not?  

Thanks for following along with us last summer!  I hope you had as much fun as we did.  I miss the baseball games, beach houses, long drives and Truckster fans but at least we all got to experience these great memories together!


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En Route to VA Beach to Meet Some Friends

Howdy friends!

I had the most excellent weekend back in Texas, watching my sister officially vow into a new world of adulthood where she has a husband and can be called by the name “Smith.” Even now, it’s still crazy for me to think of her as married – but I couldn’t be more excited for her future. Congrats sis and you too, new brother!

Steph's sister's wedding

All cleaned up for the big event - not bad for a Truckie, huh?

I also have to give a shout out to my whole family who claims to read this thing… y’all are the best! Thanks for keeping tabs on John, the Truckster and I throughout our travels.

The lucky honeymooners are heading to Greece, but I’m not jealous. As I type this, John is behind the wheel and leading the way to Virgina Beach. AND best of all, a travel blogger and son, Mara – The Mother of All Trips – and Tommy, are joining us for a few days to get a taste of the road ‘Truckster’ style. Plus it’s Mara’s birthday tomorrow! What could be better than turning over a new decade in your life in a throw-back, wood paneled station wagon? =)

We’ll keep you informed, but you can also check out her experiences with the Truckster here:

(Blog) http://www.motherofalltrips.com/

(Twitter) @motherofalltrip

PS – The craziest thing happened to me yesterday when I said ‘happy trails’ to the ‘big and bright’ stars of the Texas sky. It was storming around Charlotte, NC and I spent the plane flight watching lightning illuminate the storm clouds out of my window-seat view. I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried, but it was an awesome show that made me truly thankful to be traveling for the rest of this summer on four-wheels in the smooth ride that IS the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Plus, I know John missed me. It’s good to be back!

“Long live the HomeAway Great American Road Trip!”

-Steph