Yup, we bought a van.
We also learned a lot about how to and how not to buy used vehicles (the hard way).
For example, it may be wise to ask certain questions...
Like how old are the tires? What's the vehicle's history? Do the door handles all work? Does the A/C blow cold air, or just... Air?
Maybe run a Carfax?
Needless to say, there were some things we weren't ready for. Not to mention getting it properly licensed and registered. I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of other questions we should have asked too...
But shoot, we been working like crazy to get this van and make this happen. Our mechanic put us in touch with the previous van owner and said it might be our chariot, so we had to act.
Plus, when you learn it the hard way, you really learn it. And learning is what the journey's all about.
Who are we to know any better?
Plus, the fact remains: we got a van.
We took her in to ol' Dane, and he got her roadworthy, fixed some stuff and put some new tires on.
(That Dane, he's a straight shooter, ya know.)
So, here she is, our sweet chariot:
On Wednesday, July 15, we hit the road, with way less money than we planned, some camping gear, a couple bikes, two stowaways who are joining us for the first part of the trip, some cameras, some guitars, and enough charm and good looks to hopefully get us back to Seattle in 3 months.
Oh, and the A/C is broken.
WISH US LUCK!