Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Who needs walls!

Living in a van for a month and a bit now has been through ups and downs but there is no denying that its is an excellent way to see a country.
3 blokes in the back of one van every night tho has left its toll on the poor thing. The lights where the first sign that something was wrong and we replaced the bulbs only to have them blow again later, so when night falls instead of the 3 inside lights the van is set up with we are stuck with one rear light with about 1candle watt of power, just enough light to play rummy by. However when the boot started to refuse to open a few weeks ago a few troubles began. Firstly we were unable to get to our pots and pans we had stashed in the bottom of the boot, we bought new ones from a charity shop only to leave a campsite in a hurry one night and leave those ones by the side of the road, back to charity shop for a frying pan that's handle soon snapped off.
The food now has to be passed out through the side door. Also not being able to remove the chiller became a huge problem, trying to keep our beers cool we bought a bag of ice which allowed us one night of cool beverages before melting. Us being us left the water in the cooler along with cheese and chocolate which eventually mutated into an extremely Strong stagnant smell which radiated through our van for a few nights before we Finlay discovered the source. Cleaning this out was a big issue because the cooler was stuck, so we had to ladle out the mutated mess with a coffee mug and use a buff face mask (above) to shield us from the smell. other than that not much is wrong with the old girl apart from the hundred dead sandflys and mosquitoes we have decorating our ceiling. But she has done her job nether the less and shown us almost 4500 km of beautiful scenery.

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