|Life on the road for several months in Australia (aka Oz) will be a bit different!|
Thanks, Rich Kallerud, for finding the perfect pix to show what we've got planned!
|This was our New Zealand budget|
for a road trip vehicle....
|This is what we ended up road-trippingwith in New Zealand.|
|Soon - this van camper-conversion will be "home" for us on the road, in Australia. Photo from Seonkook.|
Journey, our Pearson 365 ketch sailboat and "home" since September 2012, is now officially listed for sale, though not exactly show-room ready. While exceptionally mechanically sound, part of her much-needed beauty treatment is making her inviting for her new owner (whoever that might be).
That means in addition to basic cleaning, sanding, vanishing, painting etc., figuring out what to do with everything not physically not part of the boat.
Downsizing - again!!!
|One bonus? Our new bed will not be shaped like a pie slice! We'll have more than 1 1/2 feet for our 4 feet. Yay!|
Photo from Seonkook.
- what stays for the new owners (not much)
- what comes with us on the van (much less still)
- what's sold (less still)
- what's shipped back to the USA (almost nothing - we don't know where home will be next or when, it's expensive, and we don't want to abuse the good graces of Wayne's folks garage space)
- what's given away to charity, other cruisers or whoever else finds it worthwhile (a bit)
- what's thrown away (a lot, embarrassingly, most likely including my dead, former and once resurrected Mac)
For Wayne, almost the only part that makes it hard is my foot-dragging. He is a good minimalist. I am not.
We're downsizing from a sailboat with about 150 feet of living space (and a LOT of storage) to a van about 1/8 of that, with decent storage for its size. However, that's not saying much, for our home for the next 3-10 months, carrying most of our remaining worldly possessions.
|Our new closet is on the left, followed by our tiny new 'fridge. On the right is our new stove and hand-pump sink,|
with kitchen storage underneath. Photo courtesy Seonkook.
It takes some time for me to visualize how it all will work.
Letting go also means letting go of everyday conveniences (ample fridge, hot showers, a toilet), little pleasures (our SodaStream machine, my kayak, my favorite long dive fins), mementos (including most of my clothes - some favorites will have to go😦), failures (various dead and unused computer and electronic equipment), and dreams (reference books, SCUBA gear).
It took us 4 weeks to find our new "mobile" home.
Our ideal was: Toyota Hiace (reliable and repairable everywhere) van, built-in fridge, cooktop, sink, cabinets, roo bar, poptop, less than 250Ks "mileage," couch that converts to fold-out bed, air conditioning, sound engine... all for >$10K AUD at a price we felt we could resell for close to what we paid.
The market in Oz is hot for affordable van-camper conversions. Twice we made offers, foolishly held only with the good intentions of a handshake. Both times the seller found an easier quicker sale before the deed was done. Several vans sold before we could see them.
Then we got lucky.
|Sunny & Seonkook, from their travel blog, http://blog.naver.com/sunny111190. Impressive travelers! We bought their van.|
|Wayne making sure we had enough cash to buy our van. We had to pull our ATM daily limit, daily, several days to have enough.|
|Front row seats on our upcoming adventure. Sunny described this vehicle as "classic." With a manual choke and |
no power steering, it is. Photo courtesy Seonkook.
Overall, we're very happy with our choice, and enjoyed meeting Sunny and Kook so much, we hosted them for dinner aboard. They've done some amazing travels! Check out their blog - though Google translate doesn't translate much from Korean! You can still enjoy their photos and have fun guessing where they are. Oh, and all the van photos on this page came from Kook - no point in re-inventing the wheel!
|My next "galley," as seen from the back of the van. Photo courtesy Seonkook.|
We're in Pittwater, New South Wales, Australia (S33.39.433 E151.18.051), about an hour's drive (in light traffic) and four hour's sail (in good conditions) from Sydney.
After Journey's spa treatment is completed, we'll hit the road. There will still be catch-up blogs from our cruising, as well as blogging about our road trips, like we did in New Zealand, New Caledonia and elsewhere. We're targeting a week (or so) out, certainly less than two. We're not quite sure where we'll go, though we'll likely start with Oz's legendary Great Ocean Road. We're not sure for how long we'll travel here, our guesstimate is 3-6 months, with some out of country trips to re-fresh our visa and making that much-promised trip to see our folks. After that, we're even less sure - just know we need to go back to work, somewhere, preferably not the USA for another 4 years or so.