This post is to play ‘Catch up’ for all my travl’in friends……..
The trip up North to Pa. was just starting to be enjoyable, and I was getting used to sleeping in the van and my GPS. I found one of those atlases that shows where all the walmart locations are, and then would sort of plan my night time stops around one of those or a planet fitness location close to interstate for showers. Both is possible!…lol.
A monkey wrench gummed up the trip with van issues causeing tranny to blow up on interstate in S. Carolina. It was decided it would be too costly to fix it, for the worth of the van….and the location I was at was scarey to me.
I ended up selling it to a junk yard for $500, and still owed 1k on it, so …this is NOT GOOD. I had to throw away or leave in the van most of my new set up, as I couldn’t get it sold and rental car wouldn’t hold it all. ….ROUGH TRIP….
All in all….it would have been much cheaper to do the long trip in a rental car. Now had i been in my van in a close by local area, i could have called my local mechanic friend and he would have fixed me up. Many lessons learned here.
Now I have No vehicle, but am safe and sound at my daughter’s for the summer. I am busy doing gardening and landscaping work at her house and enjoying being around a busy family, and all that entails.
I must say, I’m not fond of driving in the mountains, though they are beautiful. I’ve lived in Florida or Iowa, which are both pretty flat, my whole life, so this is culture shock. Honestly….give me beach side any day of the week…even in the heat, but this is where family is, so what are you gonna do?
Pa. has lots of foraging for berries opportunities, which I am enjoying…lol
Here are a couple pics of my daughter and I having fun doing a sheet mulch garden. She got me up on the machine I call a ‘Scooper Dooper’….vowing I will be an expert by end of season. She has horses, and i can practice on keeping the manure/compost piles in order.
I’m saving money and doing part time jobs, , for a permanent home base, and hopefully will find warm weather friends to visit in warmer climate in the winter. Not so sure about investing in another van, for a time. Open minded….. if any of my friends have space for a stowaway that can pay their share on winter trips….lol.