||11-21-2011 03:32 PM
It had to happen. The wanderlust has finally caught up with me again.
After almost 29 years continuously living in Melbourne circumstances now dictate that I move on. Reading about sailing has kept me relatively sane for a while, but I haven't been in a position to enter that lifestyle so a few days ago I bought a 1994 VW Transporter off eBay for $1500 and I'm off to follow the harvest trail in 3 weeks. First stop is Shepparton, where the apricot picking season is about to start, then all points north. I may even do the big loop if things go right.
Prepping the van has been fairly easy. Despite the price there hasn't been much maintenance needed at all, which is a Good Thing since it has to pass a roadworthiness test before I can transfer the registration. A new light globe here, a trailer connecter there, fix the sliding door latch, get the LPG system serviced. It may not be the prettiest van on the road but I'll be calling it home for the next 12 months.
I see this as a great opportunity to accustom myself to living in confined spaces. Let's face it, there's about enough room inside the thing for a blow-up mattress, a camping stove, a fishing rod and a Swedish backpacker. It may not be a wet address, but it sure is an itinerant one.
Wish me luck!