Well, it was bound to happen. The Nomads are temporarily down with a stomach/intestinal virus. I'll spare you the details but, luckily, we're in a cozy motel in Roswell NM because this would be wicked at a campsite, having to trek repeatedly to an often relatively distant bathroom. I went down first and suspected food poisoning, but Astral Wendy, in true Nomad fashion, joined the cause. So, while I'm mostly on the mend and Astral Wendy is hunkered down recovering, I thought I'd backtrack a bit and feature the Eurovan at different points along our travels, in no particular order. Can't believe we've been on the road over 5 months already.
This is one of my favorites. The Eurovan up on the levee of the
Mississippi river in Louisiana. I had to drive up this pretty steep
gravel incline to get to the top.
I can't even remember exactly where this is but I think it's
at a state park on Galveston Island. It was still too cold for
camping there but here's a good view of the Yakima swing-out
bike rack with our bikes and two gravity chairs firmly attached.
Speaking of cold, here's the morning we left Austin. This was the
Eurovan's first taste of snow. That's our tent wrapped in a tarp
up in the luggage bay. Not sure why we even brought a tent but
I was going nuts in the beginning with preparations and wanted to
leave nothing to chance. I'm going to give it to my son Colin after
we use it at Coachella.
Who doesn't love a kite festival? Here's the Eurovan looking
sleek on the bay shore of South Padre Island.
While we climbed the Enchanted Rock, there was the Eurovan down
Another one of my favorites: the Eurovan next to its predecessor, the
Vanagon Camper, both getting some petrol at one of the few gas
stations in Big Bend National Park. This couple from Vermont were
working their way east while we're working our way west. We have the
newer van, they have the older van. Our tarp is blue with orange bands,
theirs is orange with blue bands. What are the odds, I ask you?
Our site at Big Bend was nestled in the mesquite bushes.
Parked at the Hot Springs in Big Bend. This parking lot was
about 3 miles down the most treacherous gravel road that
the Eurovan has been on. I was barely able to go 10mph and,
at times, way less as it twisted around canyon walls.
This felt pretty adventurous.
Living large in Big Bend. Everything we own and 4 wheels to
All the roomy comforts of home.
At the only supermarket in Fort Stockton, Texas, trying to blend
in with the ubiquitous pick-up trucks of the Southwest.
This seems almost a lifetime ago, parked in my daughter Erica's driveway,
getting ready to hit the road. Luckily, the bike rack swings away since
it would be a real pain to have to unload it to get the rear door up. This
is a good view of the rear storage compartments and the folded mattress
for the lower berth bed.
Astral Wendy is ready for some Nomading.
Parked at the site above Brantley Lake NM.
The night the sky exploded.
While in transit, the floor space is usually pretty well full, what with Otis,
luggage, and whatever food supplies we happen to be carrying.
This was at Wekiva Springs, Florida, where we were able to get in
a little camping before the major southern freeze began.
The gravity chairs are a little bulky but they're so comfy that is easily worth it.
Sure, sometimes there's a bit of clutter.
This is a good shot to show how much head room there
is when the top is popped. I can easily stand and walk around
Looks like dinner's almost ready. The rear seat slides forward and
goes horizontal to make the lower bed. The table clips to a flange
on the kitchen counter and slides to any position. It has a fold-out leg
for support and stores behind the driver's seat while in transit.
One cold and windy day camping in Florida, we just had to hunker down inside.
For campsites without shade, we have an easy-up canopy which also
has a screen curtain that attaches with Velcro. That came in handy in
the Everglades for sure.
This was our set-up at Jonathon Davidson State Park in Florida.
At Collier-Seminole State Park in Florida, I was able to cozy
the Eurovan up against the jungle.
The screens came in handy there because it was mosquitoville junior,
the Everglades being mosquitoville senior. And, it was off-season.
Here's the bed layed out flat. The mattress is firm and comfortable but,
honestly,the bed is not gigantic. It's a little bigger than a twin and
there's zero chance of rolling off. I'm 6' and about 175
and Astral Wendy is 5'4" and about 119 so we fit OK.
We had a sweet site at the Everglades, right on Florida Bay and right under a magnificent mahogany tree,
This screen house did double duty here even though Otis got stung
on the nose by a wasp. Even with the screen house, we got a dozen
mosquito bites apiece. It was unavoidable.
Here's that grand mahogany tree.
It also gave great shade.
One of the nice things about the Eurovan is that it does urban pretty
easily too. I drove all over Austin, San Antonio, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine
to name a few. Parking is not a problem, unless the overhead clearance is
less than 7 feet. We tested that at the garage of the Hard Rock Casino
in Biloxi MS, and made it by a whisker.