Monday, October 28, 2013

Nacogdoches to Austin

Well the first road trip is a success... went to Halloween party in Nacogdoches on Sat evening, (thanx for the invite terry & Jen), crawled in Van at about 11pm and took a nap... woke at 1:30ish and hit the road towards Austin... rained the whole way.. so drivin was a bit slow but the van rides pretty smoothe... discovered radio does not work... CD's will not play, I tried puttin one in and it just came right back out... so I listened to the rain and sang to myself.

At about 4:30ish I came upon a LOVES in Hearne and decided it was nap time again... I parked made a walk thru the truck stop and went back to nap... only sprinkling by then.

The best I can figure its about 11 mpg... hoping that will get a bit better when I get the plug/wires/filters changed out.  And hopin to start that project pretty quickly. So all my trips will be better planned now.

So overnite, driving in the rain... the back of the bed and everything I had up against the back doors (pillows and blanket) were soaked when I arrived at the Loves.  
Looks like the roof vent I had open, even tho the cover is rotten broken plastic, leaked and water ran above the headliner to the back end of the van and down.  
I never even thought about closing that roof vent when it rains but bet yer booties I will not forget again...
Looks like I can just take that vent cover off... maybe one day I can install a very small AC/Heat unit... thats down the road tho... many other things I need to get done first.  Unless of course I win a lotto!

This morning I wake up in Manchaca TX... south Austin
I parked at the storage lot/office of Roadway Ent.  amongst all the event stages.


  1. Hi MsBeth, Here is a site you might want to check out when you have time. There is a lot of info on Vandwelling, and ideas for converting your van. Congratulations on getting your Van,!! Let the Adventure begin, good luck and hit the road.