“Give me a call again if you get bored driving in your PIMP’N VAN! I’m telling you Ben..it’s gonna be a CHICK MAGNET! All women ever want is a MAN with a VAN….that has APPLIANCES…UTILITIES….and a SHAG SHACK’N BED!!! If you can wire the bed to rotate or vibrate….YOU’RE GOLDEN! Hey…you could even put in a quarter machine to charge girls for a vibrating ride…it will help pay for gas!! =)” - Andrea
1, See, it IS a chick magnet. This corroborates the claim because Andrea is very highly attractive.
2, Andrea, you are BRILLIANT. BEST IDEA EVER. A bit of poking around, and look at what you can get for under $50!
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I left Raleigh today at 7:15am and got into Tampa to pick up the van at 9am. At 11:30, there I was, beginning my 12 hour drive back to Raleigh on two hours of sleep.
Minimal complications, 4 coffee drinks and a Red Bull later, I made it back like a champ.
I just realized that I only got 3 hours of sleep the day before yesterday, making a total of 5 hours of sleep in the past 48+ hours. Sometimes, this is what happens when you’re selling your house, planning a huge trip, and starting and maintaining businesses all at the same time.
Expect pics and video in the next few days.
I’m gonna crash out. Hard.
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Lets face it, this thing is going to be a lot more fun for both of us if we have some games to keep us busy. What kind of games do roadtrip bloggers play with their readers? Hell, I dunno.. But I’m thinking something along the lines of a “Reader Challenge,” wherein you people suggest & then vote on actions that we then have to perform. We’re still trying to decide if that’s a good idea.
So, what other sorts of things can we do to keep entertained?
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As I’m sure you know, any vessel carrying explorers around strange lands needs a name. Our van is no different. After a little pondering and research, we agreed on Hermes, the Greek god of travel and commerce. I seriously doubt if he’s ever had a more worthy namesake! A few cents of stick-on lettering should seal the deal.
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Bright and early on Tuesday morning, I’ll be rolling out of bed and flying down to Tampa to pick up the van, returning the same day in an epic 18 hours of straight travel. If I can find my crack pipe, I’ll definitely make it back alright.
I’ll be video taping parts of the journey and will hopefully have that produced and published by the end of the week. You’ll all get wonderful and amazing van footage detailing the pinkish/reddish/purplish interior and how we’ll be arranging the abode.
If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a good story about the local DMV. Last time I was there, it was quite awkwardly humorous.
Hope that I don’t die.
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Ain’t she purty:
1990 RoadTrek 190 Popular. Dude, you can give people swirlies and sleep in this thing.
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Right now, the plan is to leave from Raleigh. We’re hoping to head North during the warmer weeks and South during the cooler weeks. Really, we’re doing it for the environment. In a 15mpg van.
That combined with a great local mechanic, I’m on van hunting duty. I’ve looked at almost a half dozen so far and I have one significant lesson: When you find the van that you know will work at the price you want to pay, don’t screw around. BUY IT. I had the pleasure of learning this lesson the hard way as I found out the day before I was to take it to my mechanic that it had been sold. She was beautiful. And I cried profusely as I felt like a part of my heart and soul were ripped out.
After that didn’t happen, and the market for vans in the Triangle area declined, I began widening my search. Lo and behold, I’ve found one of the most beautiful pieces of creation that man has ever constructed with his bare, steel hands.
We had originally wanted to get your typical 80s high-top conversion van (you know, the classy-looking ones that don’t get worrisome looks from moms and babysitters at playgrounds) and had decided against getting something with any sort of plumbing since we didn’t want to deal with anyone else’s shit.
But, when I found this beaut, we decided to reconsider our stance.
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At some point amid a code-a-thon for MunchEasy, I decided it would be good to take some cough medicine, then learn & integrate the Google Maps API. So, uhh.. here it is. I had originally done it with some weird recursive list traversals, but then noticed that I could do it all with one command. It’s a pretty good approximation of the route we’ll be taking, but as the itinerary isn’t 100% finalized yet there may be changes. Of course, it’s never going to be 100% finalized until we’re back to Go! Note that Google doesn’t let you put more than ~25 points on a map, so I had to cut it into two. The good news is that this API is so easy to use it should be a relative snap to get a “We are here” pin with our exact GPS coordinates. I should go to sleep now.
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