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ROVA Nine: October/November 2018

ROVA is a print and digital magazine about traveling the roads of North America: the insightful stories, the spectacular images, and the people who make up this vibrant, growing community.

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from the editor

I was taught very early on that sharing was important. So early, in fact, that when I was one year old, my older sister had some toys that she called “My Gemma’s things.” Well, joke’s on her, because I live in New York now while she’s in Australia, so she can’t get her dirty mitts on my stuff (love you, Sal!). One of the most beautiful things about this country is that it shares its beauty with those who dream of seeing its mountains, geysers, forests and cities. We are a community bound by adventure and the open road, and we share our knowledge, beers and camping spots with the thousands of others who are out there enjoying the wide wonder that is the United States. In this edition of ROVA, we…

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rova in your words

I have received my first ROVA magazine ever (Adventure Eight) and can’t stop raving about it. Such a beautiful and inspiring magazine! So, thank you for that. — Wesley W Your story on full-time families in the new edition was so lovely—it makes us realize the gift that we can give our children by taking them out on the road. Can’t wait to start our adventures with our little family. — Leanne R Every time I open my mailbox and find a copy of ROVA, I do a little happy dance. Nothing beats getting home from work and finding this inspiration for a someday road trip. Thank you! — Megan C I am working on my van at the moment, and I want to hit the road when it’s done, but I don’t know where I’m…

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rova recommends

A novel time for America This is not a book for those who like to empathize with their narrator. Barry Cohen, a billionaire running from his family and his failings, sets out across the United States on a Greyhound bus, looking for an America that he doesn’t know and a college sweetheart who he never got over. You can’t help but hope, from time to time, that Barry will meet with ill fate—he’s such a flawed individual. Set in the summer of 2016, Lake Success is a wry, often humorous look at the beauty and pain of America in the lead-up to the Trump presidency. www.garyshteyngart.com Let’s get lit The desert in winter is a beautiful place, and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, does its best to emphasize that with its annual…

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why the road?

Dustin and Noami More than two years ago, we decided to pursue a life of simplicity and travel. We weren’t seeking comfort or an easy life; we were seeking a life of intention and purpose. Since then, we’ve found ourselves drawn to less, with a realization that we don’t need much to be happy. And the things we value now are not things at all. Instagram: @irietoaurora Tyler It is on an isolated two-lane highway, through dense stands of pine trees, where true peace of mind is found. No destination in mind, windows down and Turnpike Troubadours on the stereo; the ultimate sense of freedom is in the wind. This is why I choose the road. Instagram: @atoyotacalledamelia Steve and Britt Why the road? It’s simple: Alabama. Alaska. Arizona. Arkansas. California. Colorado. Connecticut. Delaware. Florida. Georgia. Idaho.…

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van life lite

Perhaps you’ve noticed: van conversions are getting bigger and fancier. There are build-outs with marble countertops, indoor plumbing, and even framed artwork. Some extended Sprinter vans are spacious enough to make any apartment-dweller in Manhattan envious; but while these luxury liners on the road add a dash of extravagance to a simple life, they also come at a price. And, depending on what you want out of your roving home, bigger isn’t always better. I live in a small vehicle—a blue 1993 Dodge Colt. It has a sliding side door like a van, but, running 12 feet bumper to bumper, it’s shorter than your average sedan. It doesn’t have power windows, the belts squeak, and the door locks are finicky—but it runs. While I am regularly dwarfed by shiny new vans,…

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social media is ruining boondocking

What if I told you that social media was ruining life on the road; would you believe me? While the craze of social media—specifically Instagram—has created an unprecedented love for the outdoors, it has also affected the landscape of road life—especially boondocking. Our Instagram accounts are inundated with glorious photos of unfamiliar places that make us want to see them for ourselves. This reaction is natural, but the problem is that we’re all responding to these photos the same way: putting them on our “must visit” lists. Many of these natural locations can’t handle the influx of visitors. Sadly, this is also happening to boondocking sites (undeveloped campsites without water, electric hookups, or dump stations). As travelers like us share incredible photos of our homes on wheels parked among craggy mountains, and…