In the end we did make it all the way across from New York City to San Francisco. After a few months in San Francisco, I ended up selling the van as I originally foresaw, to a student who planned to use it for rock climbing trips at Yosemite amongst other things.
Our trip start here on page 7: http://coderoman.com/romelly/page/7/ (start from the bottom)
Kelly’s first update on the trip:
Roman’s first and last update, if you don’t count this one. I’m bad at chronicling, okay?