Home Sweet Home!

Mission Complete!!! We made it all the way home and then some. 2000 miles, 115 gal of gas, 8 states, in 63 hours (there and back). I couldn’t envision a better long weekend. After getting within 200 miles of home, I felt a quite the relief, but with still hours left of driving, and haven driven all through the night before, I was not yet ready to relax. We did make the most out of the home stretch by taking the historic US-30 hwy. Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen. Looking down at the Columbia Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen. Mt. Hood over John Day Dam Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen. Historic US-30 Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen. Multnomah Falls Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen. A roadtrip isn’t complete without an “out of gas” scare. How many gallons is the tank? I’m sure it was pretty close to empty. Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen. And then finally in the driveway, while my RT4WD Civic wagon moves to the curb :-/ Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Made it to Denver!

We made it to Denver, CO! Our route took us from US412 -> I-35 -> I-70.

It took much longer than I had planned. Kept her cruising at 3,500rpm, about 60mph. On a long, straight, flat highway, its like watching paint dry.

Thankfully, no real issues. Except the first couple gas stops only filled 3/4 the tank before stopping. I figured out I had to slowly top it off to get a full tank.

Another issue was with the driving light switch. We drove thru the night and when using the highbeams, twice the lights shut off then came back 10secs later. I realized the issue when we got to Denver and parked the van.. The light switch wouldn’t turn off. I’m guessing the long hours of light usage melted the relay. Ended up pulling the switch to get the lights off.

Just about 40 mi outside Boise on I-84. Sun is coming up.Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Somewhere outside of Ft. Collins
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Common view on I-80
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First time using the pop-top, the first night, after reaching Denver.
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Stopped for pizza in Ogden, Utah – The Pi Pizzeria :–9
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Still in good spirits!
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Even offered to take the wheel when I was getting tired. So this is Christine’s first time driving a stick! We went over how the clutch works while I was driving, then after she had a good a understanding, she took over. Empty road at night.
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Oh this was crazy. See the spare wheels hanging on the side? The driver was behind us, unknowingly dragging the wheels, throwing up showers of sparks. I guess it was in his blind spot. I signaled him to stop, and he pulls over at the next rest area miles later. When I first saw the sparks I nearly freaked out. First thing I thought, “I’m on fire!” – ready to pull over and grab the fire extinguisher. Thank God it was just a guy dragging his spares. Shocked
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Close Call Connection

Got delayed from taking off in Seattle, we had a 45 min window to catch our connection in Denver and we took off in SEA an hour late!

Forget about not being able to make the drive back home. We barely made our connection in DEN due to an hour delay from take off in SEA. Just arrived in Tulsa.

Landing in Tulsa, OK

The PO picked us up from the airport and we went over the van, went over its quirks. I feel confident she will be good for the road. So we are off!

The van is stuffed with spare parts and extras.

Stopped by Wally’s to pick up some fluids, fire ext, food.

Christine’s the co-pilot is in good spirits still. We’re off to drive back to Denver!

One way ticket to Tulsa, OK

One way tickets booked from Seattle ->Tulsa. So we drove up to Seattle from Portland to catch the first flight to Tulsa, we will be connecting in Denver.

We would have preferably flown out of PDX, but there was no early flights that would have gotten us to Tulsa with enough time to make the drive back. So the weekend of driving starts from PDX -> SEA.

Boarding our flight, next stop Denver, CO!

The Day I Bought a Vanagon

(Taken from where it was originally posted.)

Sat June 21, 2014
I bid and won an eBay auction for a 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia thats in Tulsa, OK.

Thurs Jul 03, 2014
I originally arranged transport to have her shipped from Tulsa, OK —> Portland, OR. But two weeks after I booked the shipper, and one day before they were supposed to pick up the van, they told me that they couldn’t accommodate the transport anymore because their route changed.

Frustrated Mad , I said to myself, “I’ll just go get it myself!” and booked a last minute, one-way flight to Tulsa – as it being a holiday weekend and I have the days off.

So the plan is to fly into Tulsa, OK on Friday morning, pick up the van and head back Portland, OR – hopefully by Sunday afternoon.

The route: