And then I fixed the wipers

Last we left off during the swing-through-home-to-say-hi-to-everyone portion of this venture, the wipers had gone out and we muscled our way back by sheer will and lots of luck (navigating between two lines of precipitation and nary a drop or flake). Sam at Dune Buggy Supply already had a motor on the way to us,Continue reading “And then I fixed the wipers”

Interstate thoughts

We made it back to our hometown of Dayton, Ohio. We left the coldness of southern Wisconsin early on Tuesday morning and drove straight through to Ohio in ten hours. And by straight through, I mean that we barreled south to avoid the rain and snow around Chicago. (Remember—no wipers.) Then we jumped on interstateContinue reading “Interstate thoughts”

Back to Minnesota

We left early this morning to go get Adie from Dune Buggy Supply. All systems appear to be go thanks to Sam and his crew. Not only did he get a rebuilt engine installed in record time, he also worked on our sliding door, replaced a wheel bearing, and—this one is impressive—got our heat working.

Breakdowns and getting unstuck

Breaking down is demoralizing for a lot of reasons—mostly that you are stuck. The trip of a lifetime, the open road, adventures awaiting and suddenly you’re stagnant. Then the news comes: that engine you had rebuilt is a stinker. It’s a goner. The money you spent? Also gone.

The wider vanlife community

We love meeting other bus owners. It’s one of our favorite things. You pull into a campground or a parking lot and you see another VW and there’s an instant kinship. A connection. Finding another bus owner is like discovering a distant cousin or something. But that family can be even greater if you admireContinue reading “The wider vanlife community”

Podcast: Jessica

We met up with a fellow bus owner, Jessica Messer, at a winery called MAWBY in Traverse City, Michigan. As we drank our wines, she told us about her adventures in and around Lake Michigan as well as her plans to turn her bus, Poppy, into a professional mobile party service. 

Review: Diesel Parking Heater

This one is for our buddy, Doug, who recommended I double check our heater as we head farther north. On Memorial Day weekend Miracle and I took the bus to Ohio Wine country on our way to the Finger Lakes in New York. Normally Memorial Day is marked by the higher temperatures as pools reopenContinue reading “Review: Diesel Parking Heater”

Piperbus Auto

I wrote about Piperbus briefly in a post earlier this week. Let me just say that I was throughly pleased with Tracy’s attention to my bus. After we did our interview, she said she would give Adie the once-over. She quickly caught a few problems, including a major oil leak. Within a few minutes, sheContinue reading “Piperbus Auto”