At around Noon on Saturday, May 15th we set out on our road trip and left our kitten, Hobbes, and our home behind, in the loving and generous hands of my Auntie Kay. I won’t bore you with the details of getting ready for such a trip, except to say that how in the heck does one prepare to drive cross-country in a VW camper bus with no previous such experience. I did research this question on the internet leading up to our departure and found this forum to be quite helpful. But I think for us, we will figure it out as we go along. I know that’s the way I learn things best – thrown in and left to sink or swim.
I will tell you one thing – when leaving on a road-trip in a new used vehicle, you should definitely make sure that everything is in working condition before you leave…preferably well before you leave. We thought we had this covered, except that we left filling the propane tank to the last minute (Friday). Wanna know something about our propane tank?
So no cooking in the Westy until we get that sorted out. Now, I’m actually pretty freaked out by anything that has to do with gas. I hate pumping gas (that’s a Steve duty on this trip), I refuse to light a BBQ, and in fact I stand quite a distance away when one is being lit (hey, someone has to dial 911 and get you crazy people to the hospital!). But I’m really proud of myself! I drove our Westy all by myself, gas leak and all, at the start of our trip. Steve was doing last minute errands in the normal car and meeting me at my mom’s place an hour’s drive outside Ottawa where we’re storing the car for the summer. And I made it! Me and the Westy didn’t explode – nice!
Our first destination is Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. That’s where Steve’s aunt and uncle live and he hasn’t been to visit them since he was in grade 10. I’m writing this while on route there. We drove along Lake Ontario and then Lake Erie and saw some pretty peculiar stuff. For instance, somewhere along the highway in New York, we came across some GIANT crows. Like, bigger than elephants. I’m pretty sure they weren’t real. But what were they doing there? Do you know? Also, in the U.S., cows look funny. Instead of being white with black spots, we saw cows that were black with one thick white stripe down the middle. What do they feed the cows here anyway? Driving along an interstate I don’t expect to see much in the way of wildlife, but we did actually come across a deer munchin’ on grass along the highway. And lots of eagles…or hawks. I don’t know, I can never tell the difference. I’m going to assume eagles since it’s the U.S. afterall.
Where are we headed after Pennsylvania? South! We’re sick of being cold and want sunny hot weather as soon as we can get it. We have a tentative plan, but we’re going to let it percolate for a bit before making any concrete decisions. We’ll be staying at Steve’s aunt and uncles at least until Tuesday since we need to figure out the propane tank situation and stock up on some food and other supplies. And decorate! My decals finally all arrived! Right down to the wire, I got them Friday afternoon.
Ha! We just passed a sign that said “Buckle Up Next Million Miles.”
Stay tuned for a shocking new turn of events with regards to my dreads!
Have a great weekend!