Author Brad Herzog and his wife, Amy, stopped at Rock Island’s KOA campground in Illinois Wednesday (July 11) in the midst of their 13th six-week summer trip across America in an RV, without kids for the first time since 2000.
“It’s like our second honeymoon,” said Herzog, 43, a California-based writer who’s penned three travel books based on his family’s adventures. “We’ve been able to go out to dinner in Las Vegas; we did some more hikes that would have been more difficult for them (kids) — Bryce Canyon (Utah), for example. We’re moving along a little faster. And we’re also doing these video blogs we’re filming along the way.”
The Moline Dispatch reported that the Herzogs’ sons — Luke, 11, and Jesse, 10, — are at camp in northern Wisconsin and will be picked up today for the rest of the trip. The couple started June 13 in Chicago where their parents live.
They drive a different model RV each year loaned by Winnebago in exchange for Herzog blogging at blog.gorving.com and promoting RV travel. He has been blogging since 2008.
“It’s a great gig,” he said.
In 1996, they did a 10-month, 48-state trip, which was the basis of his first travel book, “States of Mind.”
Because of their experience traveling by RV — more than 100,000 miles — the Herzogs have been designated the “National Explore America Family” by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The current trip is taking them to 16 states over six weeks. In keeping with a new trend in RVing, they are driving a sleek, fuel-efficient motor home — a 25-foot 2013 Winnebago Via with a Mercedes-Benz chassis and turbo-diesel engine.
It gets up to 18 miles per gallon of gas and has a full kitchen and two flat-screen TVs. Herzog said they save money by avoiding the high cost of hotels and restaurants.
“Even though we feel like we’ve been everywhere, that’s not possible because there’s always something new to see,” he said, adding that new sights this summer included the memorial for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, Sedona, Ariz., and Beale Street in Memphis.
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