After weeks of anticipation (during which we made due by gazing lovingly at our new Chevy Silverado online), it was finally time to go pick her up at the Yonkers, New York shop where she had been delivered so her snazzy new Leer cap could be installed. First impressions are important and she made a good one: jet black, shiny, roomy, and beefy. We hoped she liked us too.

Us and our original Chevy Silverado before the Leer cap was installed in the bed.

Packing, packing, and more packing

It’s not just the truck that needed to get its stuff in order. We had an entire apartment and New York City life to deal with before we could hit the road. Despite our best efforts to be on our way yesterday, things (as they do) took longer than expected. It really is amazing how complicated it is to pack up an entire apartment (and our entire lives) and move the contents into a storage space 30 miles away while simultaneously packing for a multi-year road trip. You should try it sometime.

One of the first questions most people have about our monster road trip is “what are you going to bring?” Answer: way too much. In fact it was a minor miracle that every drop of gear, clothing, and equipment fit into our Chevy Silverado. Once we got the tail gate shut (just a little bit later than expected), we drove our first official leg of the journey: 13 miles (20 km) from our (former) apartment in Manhattan to Eric’s parents’ apartment in New Jersey for a good night’s sleep before beginning our Trans-Americas Journey working road trip through North America, Central America, and South America. We’d never been so excited. Or exhausted.

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