We drove back into Calgary with such mixed feelings. We had sold our home and most of our possessions before going on this trip. Thirty years of memories sold, given away or simple taken to the city dump. A few possessions in storage are all that now remain of us in Calgary. We are homeless and again the thoughts cross our minds, “I hope this was the right decision to sell up and begin our overlanding globe trotting lifestyle,”
Homeless and Happy Globe Trotters
But we were quickly brought back into the world of practicality and first we had to clean out the truck and camper. After 11,230 km (6,977 miles) I thought we would never get the plastered on fossilized bugs, caked in mud and dust off the truck and camper. We had only managed to wash the truck twice on route because most days it was raining.
We are also in the process of rearranging and reorganizing our camper. Tom did pack too much stuff I think just because he could; we certainly have more than enough storage space in the camper. We used the Alaska trip to determine how well the camper worked and it we are really pleased at how well both the design and the actual camper worked. The camper was subjected to harsh condition, 1000miles of bad roads and some off road and so far it has handled everything really well.
We will be looking at putting stronger and better tires on the truck and the front window needs replacing as it got three large cracks in it for rock hit up by passing trucks, thank you Dalton, but else from that we are feeling ready for Central and South America.
Most of you know we are taking a break and are heading off to Italy where our children live to say “good bye” before we leave for South America in September. But we will be blogging about Italy and what it is like to travel there. We were last in Italy in 1974 so I am sure we will see lots of changes
Anyone for Salmon Flavoured Vodka?
Nothing like snow, rain, hail, and fierce winds to test our camper. The camper is surviving well but Tom and I are missing camping in the Africa sunshine. But it is good practice as the count down to leaving for our expedition across the Americas is now only a few months away. On our way back to Canada after attending Overland Expo 2100
On Route to Overland Expo 2010
Canadian ARB Bumper
Logo on Camper
The Nissan looks great with its new ARB bumper and winch. Still waiting for lights that we ordered. We had an ARB bumper on our Land Cruiser and we were very satisfied with it. We will be reviewing using a winch for vehicle recovery. We understand how important it is to use equipment safely and the importance of reviewing our techiques
ARB Bumper Arizona
We are now in the process of deciding what goes where. Although we had a pretty good idea where everything was to go and the camper designed to accommodate all our stuff needed for on the road from satellite phone, camping chairs and table to dirty washing. We designed it in a modular style so that containers could be moved around. Our experience when we finally hit the road is to reorganize the camper several times before we are completely happy. Golden rule though everything has a final exact spot and it is always returned to that exact spot. We are never let wondering where on earth did we last have the can opener or duct tape.
Tom sitting at the table inside Camper
We have a 2 plate stove an Engel fridge a small sink and furnace opposite Tom. Tom is sitting at the working/eating table
Ammo Storage Boxes
Alongside the table are 6 large ammo boxes that can be removed if necessary. It is easy to access them and we will store our clothing, books, maps, and camping equipment etc in the boxes. We have travelled with these very boxes across Africa and they have survive harsh conditions and treatment and still are in prefect condition. Under the seats is more storage, a water tank and a porta potti.
Emergency Sleeping Area
This is the sitting area with the ammo boxes removed and the area converted to a sleeping area. It is long enough for Tom to stretch out fully, his is the long side. It is cosy and we are squished but we can put a thermarest on the floor if necessary, however been married for nearly 40 years we have learnt to sleep with each others elbows and knees digging into each other.
Seating Area with Pop Up Down
This is Janet sitting at the table with the pop up roof down. Giving me still lots of space to work, make a meal and sleep. Considering the size of the camper we have really got sufficient space to meet all our needs and wants.
We are finally on our way again!