|Longtime solo RVer Joei Carlton Hossack (Julianne G. Crane)|
She first hit the road in 1989 with her husband, Paul. They bought a class B in England and traveled for 2-1/2 years throughout Europe and parts of Africa. "Sadly," she said, "he died unexpectedly of a heart attack in a German campground on that trip. He was only 52."
Joei decided to complete all the trips that they had planned on doing together. "I spent one summer working on three archaeological digs in England before selling the motor home," she said.
Although she has owned motor homes and 5th wheel trailers, the author now travels in a 2006 10-foot Adventurer slide-in camper that sits atop her 15-year old ¾-ton F-250 Ford diesel truck. She was a full-time RVer for 10 years, nine of which were in her first truck camper, a 10-1/2 ft Elkhorn by Fleetwood.
"As a woman traveling solo," said Joei, "I make sure that I'm off the road by 3 p.m., and feel safe and comfortable even if I'm in a Wal-Mart, truck stop or casino parking lot. I NEVER drive in the dark."
Joei started writing in 1994 and lecturing in 1997. She has authored seven real-life adventure-travel books, including "Chasing The Lost Dream," her most recent release. She currently spends her winters in the desert Southwest "where it's warm." And, she travels a couple of months each summer lecturing, teaching and promoting her books.
For more information on Joei, her schedule and her books, go to her Web site: joeicarlton.com
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Photo: Joei Carlton Hossack and her traveling garden. (Julianne G. Crane)