As you know, I have not been writing in my blog, time to start again.
Changes are a coming–a new life is starting–again.
Joy is on the way, I will be putting this on my blog often.
Please let me know about your life, it’s been awhile.
Some big changes you may not be aware of:
- 2009–My wife of 23 years and I broke up, devastated for a time.
- 2010–Was hit by a truck, the second time in my life, much of my body broken.
- 2011–Was put in jail on a false change, where I had to spend a month of my life.
- 2012–Had to get away to recover, I was able to set up juggling workshops in Australia and New Zealand, so off I went, after driving across the US, for a 5 month trip.
- Met Tina through the internet and the love continues to grow.
- Tina and I purchased a van, which I converted into our new home and we are going to travel and live in the van for upcoming years.
The van we have is fantastic. When we bought, the 2001 Dodge van only about 95,000 miles.This van was owned by Saint Joseph University Golf team, who used it to get to tournaments. Everything runs excellent. This drives outstanding.
We plan to live in and travel for upcoming years. With cell phones and internet we do not have to stick to one location. We can easily stay connected wherever we are in the world. I also have a pass for life to get into any national park/forest at no charge; will be nice.
Speaking of the world, we plan on traveling to each state, including Alaska. And, we can do the in any country in the world, which we are planning to do. Once we arrive we buy a van and I will build into another home.
After removing all the seats I rebuilt the inside.
- I built wooden boxes with strong frames on each side, plenty of storage.
- A futon mattress fits on one site as a sofa; very comfy.
- The other side I put in a lift table that comes up to eat on or do computer/office work.
- The back of the sofa is a board that fits between the boxes to make a full bed when we lower the futon.
- I will be putting in a 25 gallon water tank, including a pump and water heater.
- Until then, we will shower with this: http://www.campsaver.com/summer-shower.
- And, we will have a membership with Planet Fitness, which have locations nationwide, all have a shower to use.
- I put in a small sink, made of bamboo, in the back/kitchen area.
- We will be able to partially close the backdoors, put a shower curtain around, and get clean in the shower.
- We have a portable pleasant potty to take care of business.
- The doors open wide. On each door I attached a table that folds out.
- More storage was built into each door.
- Tina can stand in the van, I have to duck down alittle.
- We bought a bike rack for the back, carrying our two bikes.
- There are skylights on each side, so I put planters and we are growing lettuce, spinach, and cilantro.
- Later I will put solar panels on the roof for all the electrical power we need.
Remember, it’s not what stuff you have that give value to your life–but how much life you have lived.
Tina and I will be living the life that WE want.
We are taking the time to truly live life, rather than suffer through it.
We will travel with the warm weather, in hotter up north, milder toward the south.
Here is where our trip will initially take us:
I will be writing my blog as often as I can about the experiences of Tina and I on the road.
Did you read of my trip to Australia and New Zealand? Here is part: