XC USA 2015

The Car

 

Here are a few images of the car, packed preliminarily. Were I to do this trip again, I would do it completely differently. Teysia and I have done several road trips since then, including another cross country move in the Fiesta, and we've definitely learned how to do it well. I was also a cross-country tour leader in 2016, only allowed to have the space under the back row of seats in the van for my things - I can pack light (I even took about 3-4x too much stuff on that season). 

So here are a few images of what we packed and how, though these are before rearranging at my mum's.

 
 roof bag full of clothes

roof bag full of clothes

 
 Yes, we took the longboard, no Teysia has never used it since 2014. It's at my mother's house now (we brought it back from Seattle, too).

Yes, we took the longboard, no Teysia has never used it since 2014. It's at my mother's house now (we brought it back from Seattle, too).

 
 almost everything you think you'll use, you won't. 

almost everything you think you'll use, you won't. 

 
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You can see tool boxes in there - I took all my bike tools, as we later added 3 bikes to the back of the car. Dog food and human food in the back there, where the seats fold down. 

 
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I bought solar panels and a big battery so that we could blog as we went - what a joke that was. We carried the thing back and forth from the car to the tent every night to charge laptops/cameras/phones. Nick did use it for editing photos, though, so I guess someone got some use out of it. His blog from the trip: newlandsnewbeginnings.tumblr.com Next time, I'd just use an outlet converter or have a full van rig with proper solar. 

 
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 this set up only worked for a few hours, then I stuffed some socks in the corner to hold everything in place. by the time we got to Seattle, despite the padding and relative immobilization, there were some good gouges out of the plastic from the corners rubbing.

this set up only worked for a few hours, then I stuffed some socks in the corner to hold everything in place. by the time we got to Seattle, despite the padding and relative immobilization, there were some good gouges out of the plastic from the corners rubbing.

 

We'll get into how the car did as these posts go on, but suffice it to say that I would have LOVED a van, or anything bigger, with 4x4 (as is evident on my instagram from the time - swipe way back on @jakesellhicks & @jacobsellhicks).

You'd be surprised what a Fiesta can do, though…

 
Jacob Sell Hicks