When you’re traveling in a van for over a year and you read about a gravel road ride/race based out of the state you grew up in…you put a flag in the ground on the date of the ride and make a point to attend. While on the ferry ride from Bellingham, Washington to Haines, Alaska, this is exactly what Pamela and I did after reading a blurb about the Franklin Land Trust D2R2 in Outside Magazine, #D2R2 Continue Reading
After many many months of van building research, before I tackled the buildout with my friend David, I came across Dakota’s blog, Traipsing About. I was stoked with his idea for slide out bike trays. However, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted or needed them when David and I built our van back in 2015. Pamela and I have been living in our van now for 4.5 months and we wouldn’t change the overall layout and feel. While on our journey, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and seeing Dakota and Chelsea’s van in person a few times. During our visits we had the pleasure of exchanging road stories and buildout successes and failures (nothing really failed..just modifications).
In a previous post Pamela talked about items that are important to her (so far) on this trip. I agreed with some of the things on that list. The following are items that I feel are things that I enjoy, appreciate and/or couldn’t go without during #VanLife and regular non-travel life. The following list is in no particular order, expect for how it just rolled off the fingers and onto the keyboard. Continue Reading
Humans often gravitate towards routine, some of us more than others. I thrive off routine, mostly because I’m a fairly anxious person who finds comfort when expectations are managed, hence my love of routine. I was worried that lack of routine would increase my anxiety on the road. Not true. Continue Reading
Approximately 10 years ago one of my oldest and closest friends was getting married. She asked all of her guests to participate in the wedding ceremony by sharing their answers to the statement “Love is…”. Easy! Love is … friends so close you call them family. Continue Reading
Last weekend Pamela and I attended a memorial service for our friends mother. Over the last 6 years she fought bravely and tireless two types of cancer. During our friends eulogy he stated that, in the end, once she knew her son was happy and newly engaged, his mother knew it was alright to go. Continue Reading
Aghh….Silly computers/phone and internet. I’m not sure what took place butmy previous post just disappeared. Sorry to all those that read it, liked it and shared it.
I don’t plan to try and recreate what I wrote before, but this photo gives you a great indication of how cold it was on yesterdays ride. It was 20 degrees without the wind in our faces. The googles did a great job keeping my eyes from watering and my face warm. The Rapha deep winter base layer did an amazing job keeping my head/face warm as well and the hard shell jacket was spot on, helping keep the wind from eating away at the skin.
OK. Until the next time…later today or tomorrow.