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24 Hours Isn’t Enough Time In A Day

It’s really hard to update my blog as often as I’d like to with so much going on.

Just an overview of what’s been going on the past couple of weeks:

I finished the trailer: added all the tie down points, wheel chock (holds the motorcycle wheel) and new tires. I found a 55 gallon drum on Craigslist for $25; it smells like fruit punch, even full of veggie oil. Matt and I installed the filters on the wall of the trailer; they filter the oil from the drum before it goes into the RV. Tara found some old “storage bags” that were originally made for car trunks. I hung those and they work great for holding filters and misc odds and ends. Matt and I also hung the bicycles in the trailer but I’m hoping to find a spare tire bike rike to go on the back of the RV so I don’t smack my head on the bikes getting in and out of the trailer. Here’s a half way finished photo:

I’ve made 3-4 trips to the storage unit (we got a 5×10 unit to store important keepsakes and few other items, like our dining room table, my homebrewing equipment, etc) and spent days upon days packing, getting ready for the estate sale. The estate sale went really well, minus the bunghole that stole our router. Now we just have a couple things left to sell on Craigslist and some boxes of smaller stuff to donate.

I also found an awesome home for my dog, Bear. My mom is an animal lover so I know he will be well cared for (and spoiled rotten!). By now I’m sure he already has his first leather recliner. Thanks, Mom! ;)

I had a big get-together with all my work buddies to finish off the last of the homebrew. Out of everyone that came, only one person was still employed. I had fun conversating with everybody. I’m really going to miss their friendships. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep in touch.

Most of my time was still spent working on Benny and the veggie oil conversion with Matt Janssen. But that’s a post unto itself. I’ll try to write out the details and post photos within the next week.

Same-ies

Greasers

Not only is Matt a talented mechanic, he’s such a cool and inspirational person to be around. He enjoys a lot of the same things I do and we have a lot in common. I can’t wait to travel and run into them again.

This week I’m taking care of a couple odds and ends before we head out of town, including a day wasted at the DMV turning in the truck plates (it’s going to be parked at my dad’s house), filtering more oil, and some small errands.

I’m hoping to be ready to go and on the road by Wednesday or Thursday, so I can finally relax and breath.


Hello

I’ll tell you a little bit about my self. My name is Justin. I am 28 years of age, born in LaCrosse WI, and raised in Las Vegas NV. Husband to a wonderful, quirky, beautiful wife, Tara (aka TheOrganicSister) and father to a brilliant, self-educated, sensitive son named Zeb.

I love all things that go vroom, homebrewing, simple living, gardening, sustainable living, being with my family.

And long walks in the park. ;)

I’m blogging to keep a journal of our journey that we’re about to take.

Our family’s plan is to travel around the U.S. full-time, hopefully finding work on the road and eventually a new home and homestead. We have friends in NM with an organic farm that we hope to intern on, two of my old bosses have a business in Louisiana that I hope to work for, an uncle in Wisconsin that may have work and friends and family around the country that we plan to visit.

In September, we purchased an old beat-up 1982 Winnebago Brave, 22ft with a Chevy 6.2L diesel engine. [Insert manly grunt here.] Every since we purchased it, I’ve been working on it everyday after work, including painting the interior, building cabinets, installing wood flooring and shower and wall panelling, new power steering and fuel pumps, new tires, changing brake fluid, resealing the roof, resealing the windows, new black water tank (man, how fun that was), new countertops and tabletop, a new gas cap where a sock previously was, new shocks, numerous engines leaks, and new batteries.

Benny the Brave needs stencilling
Look, there’s the sock!

I’ve really enjoyed every minute of it. It’s become my second love.

Still on the To Do list for the RV: Install solar panels (ordered last week), straight veggie oil conversion (that hopefully I can partake in the installation of), and a few details Tara has to finish up inside. I also need to find a trailer for tools and my motorcycle (because I can’t go anywhere without my motorcycle), because the RV will not tow my truck.

Since I got laid off two weeks ago, I’m rushing to get everything done in hopes to get out of Vegas as soon as possible.

Tara has a Flickr set of more photos here. She won’t update it until all her work is done. :P