6 days of hot water left…

In six days we will embark on a six week adventure in our 1987 Volkswagen Westfalia, Clifford. Every time I turn on the tap at home, I become more and more aware that Clifford will have no hot water. There are many comforts that Clifford won’t have. No Jura, no microwave, no king size bed. I wonder what I’ll miss most?  Will I miss anything? Will the magic of waking up in the gorgeous Colorado mountains eclipse all inconveniences?  

A picture from last year’s Colorado trip of one of our hikes.

Preparations continue at a furious pace. Clifford is at Georgetown Volkswagen getting the some final modifications…freezer tie downs, a solar power monitoring panel, LED lights strip wiring and more I’m sure (totally Jouko’s department). 

A couple weeks ago we emptied everything out of the van so we could inventory and reassess our supplies. 

Bruno and Jouko enjoying some guy time!

I hope we stick to our plan of “less is more” and only take the basics. Simplify! I think I’ll be happier with less clutter and more organization. I will be happy to finally start loading him back up and figure out where everything will go! 


Testing 1-2-3

  A week before our big adventure begins. Just finished a heat-abbreviated morning walk with Bruno, now back home to prepare for our training ride du jour. 

It was kind of warm for our ride. We rode for five hours and a bit at a relatively easy pace, but the last hour was a little less fun as fatigue and a slow leak in Jouko’s rear tire played tricks on us.   

 A good recovery requires sufficient carbohydrates, fats and protein. This is Jouko’s secret recovery combination.  

   Sooooo….not only did Jouko have a nail in his rear tire, he had also broken a spoke at some point on this ride.  Never a dull moment!