Welcome to a new online series we call ‘Off the Beaten Path’. This web series showcases the many inspirational folks from across the Blue Ridge who have stepped away from the mainstream path of everyday existence to live a more intentional and adventurous life.
From thru-hikers and van-lifers to off-the-grid warriors and tiny house disciples, these are the true stories behind some of the region’s most interesting and inspiring characters.
This time around we’re featuring a man, a woman, and their dog who set out from Asheville, NC to travel the Americas while living in a 1997 Dodge Ram with a Four Wheel Camper Grandby. The Traveling Trio is made up of Yeager St. John, Beth Topper, and their dog Alfredo.
BRO: Tell us about your adventure rig.
Yeager: We have a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 4×4 with a Cummins turbo diesel we affectionately call “Darlene”. We bought her because we needed the carrying capacity (GVWR) to safely haul a pop-up camper and all our gear, and having a diesel meant we could run alternative fuels and get decent fuel economy for our size.
Having the dog is a blessing and a curse – Alfredo is a great watchdog, he keeps us safe in the camper and he’s a constant companion, big lover and cuddler. He should probably be the mascot for us – EVERYBODY wants to pet and love on him and he’s always a conversation starter! But traveling with a dog is incredibly difficult – we can’t always go where we want with him.