We have had some major tire issues lately. First, we got a bubble on our tire. Then our spare got a flat. Fortunately, it happened right next to Alamo Tire Muffler and Auto Repair shop in Alamogordo, NM. They were willing to swap out our tires, which most places we called were not. The guys at the shop lent us a car for the day and gave us keys to the back gate so we could sleep in Sparky and come and go as we please. What could have been a really stressful situation turned out to be very pleasant. We are so thankful to be able to come in contact with such nice and generous people in our travels.
4 472 hours ago
Garage view! These ebikes are our local (and free) transportation, and @panorama_mann built them both! They can do range up to 120km per charge, and they go from 0-100km in 6 seconds. They were the reason we made our bed higher and installed a bed lift; we wanted to get them out of the van really quick and easily. With these bikes we can see an entire national park in an afternoon at no extra cost! I broke my foot the first time I rode one... it can only get better from there, right??
Also, did you notice Millie’s photobomb? Typical. 😹
I feel like this photo sums up so much of this chapter of my life: just a girl, wandering aimlessly in the desert. This particular day, I had nowhere else I was supposed to be, nothing I ‘should’ be doing. Just peacefully existing.❤️ The last few months, I’ve been visiting family and catching up with old friends while healing from a breakup (and it has been SO lovely!) ...but I can’t stop thinking about days like this one. Specifically, I can’t stop thinking about the desert. Maybe it’s all of the cold and snow and rain I’ve been stuck in lately... but I’m excited to get back to my natural habitat: back to being a tumbleweed.🌵
14 1843 hours ago
I designed my bus to be completely off grid, but also camouflage in the woods. Navi doesn’t hide well in a city but sure does in the trees.
So we were forced to put our work on the van on hold for the past few days because Michelle and I both got super sick and have been stuck in bed recovering — It definitely hasn’t been easy on the hands or my health working outside everyday with the cold and wet weather up here in NY, but we are almost through it...
Michelle has sewn together a beautiful new set of curtains and even remade our magnetic cabin partition for stealth camping scenarios. While I’ve been setting Arabella up with a fresh set of All-Terrain KO2’s from our friends at @bfgoodrichtires and installing a handful of other things I’m super stoked on (like new suspension components, brakes, and 200watts worth of solar panels just to name a few)...
But after weeks of wrenching, wiring, repairing, and rebuilding, we are seriously itching to get back out on the road and finally enjoy all the fruits of our recent labor — Arabella feels like a whole new van, and we‘ve never been more psyched to get out there and start new chapter of adventures with her. Stoked to show you guys all the work we’ve done once we’re finished and on the road again! 🙏🏼🚐💨
23 11733 hours ago
No greater feeling comes from this 14 month project than turning key, hitting the road, right? (Via @jacobemmens)
2 453 hours ago
Parte 06 - Final
Boa tarde! 😁 Hoje concluímos as postagens falando sobre toda a etapa de restauração da Tere. Muita coisa aconteceu e podemos falar o dia inteiro sobre isso. Mas hoje o foco está nos valores e no tempo que gastamos.
Levamos cerca de 4 meses entre tirar o primeiro parafuso e finalizar a restauração. Em relação aos valores, são muitos itens então resolvemos agrupar para ficar mais simples.
ITENS DE LATARIA E PINTURA = R$ 4.951,13
Aqui entra tudo o que gastamos para restaurar toda a lataria e fazer a pintura. Desde a máquina de solda até tintas, lixas, massas, diluentes, solventes, recipientes de mistura, etc. Os únicos itens que a gente já tinha eram o compressor e as pistolas de pintura, o resto tivemos que comprar.
ITENS DE MONTAGEM = R$ 2.545,64
Aqui entram todos os itens que compramos para substituir os antigos: escapamento, amortecedores, faróis, borrachas, retrovisores, frisos, máquina do vidro, cintos de segurança e mais uma infinidade de coisas.
Nesse total gastamos R$ 7.496,77. Vale comentar que antes da reforma gastamos com itens para rodar em segurança como: troca de bateria, revisão elétrica, pneus novos, pastilhas de freio, troca de óleo, engraxamento, etc. Resumindo, pra ela ficar perfeita como está gastamos até agora cerca de R$ 11.600,00.
UFA! Para finalizar gostaríamos de dizer que todo esse processo foi muito trabalhoso e cansativo, mas a recompensa de ter nossa Teresinha toda linda é IMENSA! Aprendemos e crescemos muito durante o processo e tudo isso é muito gratificante! 🙏
Se vc tiver alguma dúvida, deixa aqui nos comentários ou manda um DM, vai ser um prazer falar contigo!
E aí, quando vc vai comprar sua Kombi e cair nesse mundão? ❤
19 1643 hours ago
Getting your engine back into your bus after only a few days of DIY rebuilding requires grit and determination, a ton of caffeine and a glint of crazy in your eye.
But we did it. We dropped out that hunk of metal, cleaned it up, replaced the heads, and lifted the engine back in. A whirlwind. Even with all of us scampering around, all those hands on Sunshine, the post-engine moments are a blur to me. JR and I and the rest of the overhaul team are exhausted and processing, but our hearts are light and our engine heads are shiny new.
Thank you to Ian aka @jivermo for the workspace and the bolts and your slow laughter that calmed us and grounded us and kept us steady. And our deepest gratitude to Colin of Itinerant-Air-Cooled, fellow rambler and owner of Sunshine’s twin pictured in this photo. You are a VW Master extraordinaire. Thank you for sharing your art and craft and your beautiful mind with us, for reminding us what a miracle it is that an amalgamation of stainless steel and rubber hose and oil and combustion powers us around the country as we ramble endlessly on.
You all know how much we love Sunshine, that she’s our home and our pal and our almost-everything, but we’re reminded to never, ever take her locomotion for granted, because it’s not guaranteed. We’re happy she has it back and hope to keep it that way. Now...time to hit the old open road with shiny new heads in this 40-year-old engine! Sunshine’s ready to rock.
55 10464 hours ago
Just a couple of cool kids watching the waves. 🌊✌🏼 x
Lucky enough to catch up with @lostinluna_ legends Jordan and Harry the other afternoon for a beachside hangout.
We spent the next 7 hours gasbagging, which for us hermits is pretty darn unusual. 😉
In fact, this random iPhone snap (taken whilst fetching a beer) turned out to be the only one of the whole day as we were so distracted chatting.
Not even mad about it.
Turns out that other travel people are definitely our kind of people. 😊
Can anyone else relate?
3 3054 hours ago
No greater feeling comes from this 14 month project than turning key, hitting the road, and powering through some of the best forests the East coast has to offer. Far from complete, but pretty bloody good for now @jacobemmens#CamperLifestyle
Today was very nearly our worst nightmare. There’s a reason the hound is looking very guilty in this picture!
I may have mentioned Pigs is an escape artist. Believe me when I say I’m not just talking normal dog runaway, you could have a roast chicken in your hand and she still wouldn’t come back, even our dog trainer gave up!
We’re usually very good at anticipating her but today she got out the van and all I saw was a ginger tail disappearing down the road at lightning fast speed. She absolutely legged it, Will went chasing after her in ski boots (not an easy task!) but eventually lost sight of her as she disappeared down the ski slopes. Nightmare!
We decided Will should go after her on skis and I’d walk round the village in case she doubled back. Needless to say by this point I was pretty sure she was either lost on a huge mountain in Norway forever, eaten by a bear, run over by a piste basher or drowned in deep snow! Luckily about half an hour later a lovely Norwegian lady phoned to say she had her and all was well! Honestly I wanted to strangle and hug her in equal measures. Needless to says she’s been cuddling in all night trying to get back in the good books!
If any of our Norwegian/Swedish followers see a beagle unaccompanied in the next few weeks please grab her, she’s probably ours 😂
Der Doñana Nationalpark. Ein wunderschönes Stück Land im Süden Spaniens. Für uns bedeutet es ein paar Tage absolute Ruhe. PS: eine Bitte an alle Reisenden und Weltenbummler: Nehmt bitte euren Müll mit und achtet auf eure Umwelt! Was hier, in einem Nationalpark!, alles an Müll rumliegt ist zum heulen! Hinterlasst bitte Nichts als Fußstapfen.👣
We wrote a post recently about all the improvements we've been making to our van in anticipation of our next big trip, and one of the smallest yet most significant changes we made was to install this small water container under the sink
This will give us 15L of drinking water, filtered using a charcoal filter, but most importantly it will reduce our single use plastic bottle consumption.
Living so closely entwined with our environment has made us acutely aware of our impact on it, and this is one of the small yet simple steps we've taken to protect it.
Installing this water tank meant a complete rethink of our kitchen cupboards to accommodate it too; we ripped out the old, rotten shelves, replaced them with new more functional ones tailored to our storage needs, and fixed all the wonky hinges. Everything now has a place, and nothing rattles and rolls around while we’re driving (apart from the cutlery drawer, which likes to try and make a break for freedom every now and then).
Our little kitchen is feeling fresh, organised and looking better than ever, and quite honestly we're enjoying getting stuck into a bit of creative carpentry again. We can't wait to use what we've learned on the interior for the Bedford, or to show you some of the other changes we’ve made!
Tell us, how are you reducing your impact on the environment? Or have you made any changes to your van lately?
Another timeless moment between myself and the sun. The sound of waves crashing against the rugged coast echoing up the canyon; a steady salty breeze; Tom Petty tunes playing in the background; fresh blueberries. Its good to be on the road again finding new places without cell service✌️.
31 2155 hours ago
Souvenirs de cette fin de journée à rouler dans le désert des Bardenas ! 🏜
Qu’est ce qu’on était bien dans cet immense cadre naturel magnifique, seuls au monde... 🤩
De quoi nous donner envie de donner un côté un peu plus OffRoad au van ! D’ailleurs, d’ici la semaine prochaine, il aura encore un peu plus changé de look... 🤐
Et vous, les Bardenas vous connaissez ?
Memories of this end of day to drive on the desert of Bardenas trail’s ! 🏜
What was good in this huge beautiful natural setting, alones intox the wild... 🤩
What make us want to give a little more OffRoad side to the van ! By the way, next week, it will have a little more new style... 🤐
And you, the Bardenas you know ?
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2 1046 hours ago
We are back in Morzine where we spent last season! We rolled in to the parking yesterday and suddenly it felt like we’d traveled a year back in time. Everything is basically just as we left it in April last year and that feels weirdly comforting.
We’re gonna buy day passes on Friday, but today we went for a cross country ski and chatted with some van neighbors. In Champoluc we’re the only vanlifers and we sure have missed the special community feeling that builds up among the vans here in Morzine, so it feels really good to be back for a while.
Another thing we’ve missed is breakfast sunlight, obviously best enjoyed with the table as headrest. 🤷♀️
There are so many ways to go about earning an income while living nomadically. 👉👉 We love hearing how others make their financial equations work on the road: travel nursing, remote work 9-5 with companies they worked for previously, essential oil sales, seasonal jobs, or freelancers/bloggers like us. What else? The list goes on... We also prepared to live nomadically by paying off all our debt (100K), saving up and building freelance skills before quitting our full-time jobs but we still learn something new almost every day out here. Everyone’s risk tolerance is different. Ours was pretty low so we honored that by preparing. There’s no *right way* just what you feel comfortable with.
107 78112 days ago
My parents checked if it’s good enough for me! Mom: “It’s maybe too small for your ego, but big enough for your heart
The best seat in the house for some beers and binge watching. 👌🏼🍺🚐
Photo by @we_who_roam
95 59725:20 PM Feb 12, 2019
Attack of the bed-hogging doggo! 🐶🚐🤣 x
Whilst these last 5+ months have been a massive challenge - Staying in the one place instead of travelling around, juggling seperate jobs with only one vehicle between us (which also happens to be our house 🙈), parking each night in our mates backyard etc,
there have been a few big positives.
One being that we’ve been around to watch this dopey dork grow from plush polarbear puppy to lanky hyperactive adolescent. (SWIPE 👉🏼 for a baby faced Jesse. What a cutie. 👶🏼😍) x
Less than 2 weeks until we’re back on the road though!
Wonder if we could smuggle the doggo along with us.
Maybe wrap him up in the doona and pass him off for an extra fat pillow?...
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