Wish your road trips never ended? For Brent Rose, they don’t.
Brent Rose is a freelance technology journalist who has spent the last 17 months living out of a van and road tripping around the United States. For Brent, what started as a year-long road trip has turned into an open-ended lifestyle.
Brent tells us about how he decided to start his van life, how he equipped his van to be able to work from anywhere, and what his nomadic life is like. He also gives us some pointers and great stories and information about his career as a tech journalist.
“I’ve been on the road for the last 17 months now. I’ve put about 35,000 miles on the thing. It was originally going to be about a year-long thing, and now I don’t know how or where to stop. I don’t know if I want to stop – so the adventure continues.” – Brent Rose
Why Brent decided to convert to van life [5:27]
What to look for in a vehicle for long term travel [8:19]
How to convert a van to fit your lifestyle [8:47]
How to get into tech journalism [10:18]
What is Gizmodo? [11:43]
What it means to be a good writer [13:39]
The transition from office life to van life [24:43]
How Brent’s location independence influenceshis professional output [27:03]
Kayaking from Cuba to Florida [28:47]
Benefits of a press trip [37:29]
Making that important decision… what do you write about?! [38:45]
Most memorable moments on the road [43:13]
How a pearl in an oyster can lead to a great pick-up line [45:35]
I was driving over the Sierra Nevada mountains on California State Route 108. Driving through California mountains is a privilege. The views are utterly astounding and the road is reclusive and wild.
It’s a turbulent road that seems to be on the losing end of a battle against the wilderness that encompasses it. The heavy snows of winter assail the roadway mercilessly. The spectacle of elemental power freezing and thawing, heaving and releasing. The ice moves rocks, dirt and trees around unconcerned with the hard work and organization required to build the road. It’s a wild natural place that doesn’t give into the whims of human order. A place where mother nature still rules with overpowering dominance.
The Sonora Pass tops out at 9,624 ft. (2,933 m.) Tioga pass to the south (State Route 120.) The nice thing about Sonora is the solitude. It is far less visited and it isn’t a National Park so you don’t have to pay to cross.
The best time to take this drive is in spring (May/June.) Do not attempt it in the winter.
-You can not do this all year round. When the snows come these passes become 100% impassable. Check the weather before you go.
-Drive very carefully and consciously. This is no place to rely on speed marker signs. If you are trying to go fast, go up to Interstate 80 through Reno, because this is a steep and tempestuous road.
-Make sure you are self reliant. Have a spare tire, a few tools and spare food. There is no cell phone service for much of the drive and the road has few visitors.