I’ve been on the road since Friday night, shuttling through different cities each day.
- Saturday: Las Vegas, NV
Touch-up of rental property with my brother-in-law, sister, and nieces. We brought Nickel with us, who apparently tinkled a bit on the carpet. Naughty dog!
- Sunday: Big Bear, CA
Went snowboarding with GP, and worked on my wipeout skills on my goofy footing. Tested the new gear I got at Skidazzle (board, boots, bindings). It might’ve been fatigue, but the board I thought was orange apparently turns pink under the sun. Hot!!!
- Monday: Fremont, CA
Took a morning Southwest flight up to see Kat, and headed to the Amtrak train station for the Coast Starlight Express train up to Oakland, and overnight (17 hours?) to Eugene.
- Tuesday: Eugene, Oregon
Met Kathy and Don, who graciously showed us the 1979 Volkswagen Transporter van we spotted on Craigslist. Body is really solid, a few minor issues but initial impressions were good and solid. Before they could even drop us off a Chinese restaurant to mull over the decision making, Kat and I jumped the gun and told them to head straight to the bank because their van was as good as sold! Took a break in a local pizza joint, and braved the 9 hour drive back down to NorCal. I must admit that it’s very weird to process the fact that I was 9 hours north of SF, when I normally take the 6 hour commute heading north towards SF. It must’ve been a pretty drive, but we were blanketed by darkness and the occasional fog around the mountains.
- Wednesday: Fremont, CA
Now I’m knee deep in researching about DMV red tape, and knick knacks to clean up and take care of for the van. First in order is to get registration, insurance, and tune-up the engine to pass emissions. CA law is the strictest on emissions, and is required for vehicles made after 1975. I need to find a mechanic!
And so here she is, ladies and gentlemen. You can be assured that we will have more pictures of her to come :)