Friday, December 18

California, Go Westy, and the first beach!

The highlights so far today are waking up after the sun and the joys of a nice hot shower!  We are at the Go Westy shop in Los Osos, CA, where the awesome van technicians nearly completed the work on Bussy last night.  In the end though, they needed to do a bit more work this morning on the alignment.  So they pulled Bussy out of the bay and parked her in the Go Westy lot for the night so that we could sleep in our own home.  The break room here is really nice, with a kitchen, coffee maker, microwave, bathroom, and shower!

The folks here at Go Westy are as wonderful as you might imagine: their days are full of happy van customers and they get to do great work on fun vehicles all day long!  Here are some pictures of Go Westy:


Yesterday saw our first beach!  We walked for a few miles just north of The Rock at Morro Bay.  The surf was pretty big but too messy for the surfers so we saw only one wetsuit-clad guy getting tossed around in the whitewash.  Joe had a blast running on the sand, and we were all glad after a coupld of long days in the van to get out, stretch our legs, and get some SUN!

Here are some highlights of the beach:

Update: 10am this morning: Bussy is all fixed!  Time to roll out!  We are headed to San Diego to visit Dan's friend Geoff and pick up our free, borrowed surfboard!  We are also looking to buy a used 9' longboard so that we have two.  More updates to follow soon!  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 15

Day 1

This morning saw light rain in Seattle and our farewell to Suzanna and her new wonderful friend Amanda. Joe, Carrie, Robert and I paused at Wayward to get some hugs from Josh and then hit the I-5. Probably the most dangerous part of the trip occurred as I hungrily ate a yummy Hillside Quickies sandwich while driving south on the freeway in what was now pouring rain.

It took almost four hours to get to Ocean Park to pick up Nicholas. On the way Use Your Illusion II brought me to a good place for adventure and Joshua Tree uplifted me entirely. Once Nicholas was on board, I learned from my googlemapping travel partner that our destination at Go Westy was only about 14 hours away! I had misremembered the distance to San Francisco and thought we had 26 hours of driving to accomplish in 2 days!

Our first break came at a Fred Meyer south of Portland where I took the guys fr a very rainy walk in a very dreary parking lt. We drove a few more hours and are camping at a semi-nice rest area south of Eugene.

Joe is exhausted. Carrie is at a loss for more luxurious surroundings. Robert smells funny despite yesterday's bath with our house favorite oatmeal-tea tree shampoo!

Tomorrow we shall see the beach in Los Osos, CA!