Sunday, September 19, 2010

Update- first van died today

Hi everyone,
It has been a while since I posted to my blog as I am starting a new job, dealing with one van repair after another and generally attempting to deal with life which this past month has been a bit overwhelming at times.
Betsy (the van) died on the way to work so I had to call off on a double shift. However, I also start orientation for a new job Monday morning which is a huge plus over my old one in the pay area. I loved my old job (still technically have it but for how long thanks to constant vehicle crisis and a long drive there and back) but everything happens for a reason.  I reminded myself of that this morning on my 3 mile hike back to the house with purse and diet coke 2 liter in hand.

So on top of it, a family connection has a Chevy Lumina APV 1990 6 cylinder with some hard miles on it for 800 which will work for a while. It is odd with the wind shield but the additional power, lighter weight material and the 3000 lb towing capability are nice. The width at 6 ft 1 inch exterior means at least 5 ft 4 inch to make my bed crosswise a plus. Its clean, its black, and not a bad home on wheels with such short notice. The parts are hard to find and the repairs will be expensive if needed so I will be saving for another van in the near future. With the new job though it should be easier and perhaps buying a slot of land to park and have a garage are all worth considering.

I have definitely decided that adding a better bike and perhaps gear to go touring would be nice and it would cut down on the expense and miles on the van of weekend excursions. I could park in a relatives driveway since I will be working a lot for now, that a nice bike with a backpack of netbook and cell phone, solar charger, pannier for clothes and sleeping gear, tent and food would work great. Just some stuff from the van and we are on our way. I have been considering adding a bike rack as well. time will tell. I just am ready to try something new.


  1. Hey, I missed this one somehow! Sorry to hear about the old van, but the new temporary one sounds like a good deal for now! The bike sounds like a good plan as well. Excellent way to travel IMO.

    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  2. I miss my old van but got some panniers for my bike and have been using my bike for simple round the town excursions before the snow falls. The new van is slowly getting there. A lot of what I use in my apt also goes in the van except the kitchen setup (which needs a new counter/storage build) and potty. The bed, clothes ect are inside so it feels like conventional pack and go and its an ongoing challenge to not aquire more stuff to get rid of when I head out again.