Travels with the van

Greetings! Laura, here.

One of the books I am reading on the road is John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, about the author’s (true) journey of his driving trip around the US with his standard poodle, Charley. Steinbeck writes, “A dog, particularly an exotic like Charley, is a bond between strangers. Many conversations en route began with ‘What degree of a dog is that?'”

I could say the same for the van—
Everything from a ‘thumbs up’ to “Well, it certainly is colorful” to “Did you do that paint job yourself?” to “You won’t lose that in the parking lot.” Mostly kids wave at us. They and motorcyclists and VW bug drivers are our biggest supporters. Our people.

For those of you wondering, the van is awesome! It’s super comfortable–we sleep really well. It has a little refrigerator drawer that keeps the beer cold. It drives like a dream. Everything we need we can fit.

Writes Steinbeck, “We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”
That is true. We begin again tomorrow with the trip taking us with it.

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Travels with the van

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