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Things about Walden and outfitting him

My New House

I picked up the camper yesterday. A friend of my mother was in town and she gave me and a friend a ride to Birmingham. After a tour of Birmingham hot dog establishments, we hit the road back to Knoxville. … Continue reading

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Installing the Antenna

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It’s just not that easy

One of the things about a 25 year old car is that stuff that should be easy just isn’t.Yesterday afternoon, the first two boxes of parts arrived. I figured that it wouldn’t be that difficult to install an antenna so … Continue reading

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Paradise on the dashboard

This isn’t especially exciting, but I don’t want people to think that I’ve been slacking on getting the Camper with No Name outfitted. I built a pretty cool shelf to sit on the dashboard and has a mount for my … Continue reading

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Thors Throne: The Poodle gets a custom-made seat

Thor really wants to ride in the front seat. He can fit there, but if I hit the brakes or take a quick right turn, he’s on the floor. The last (and only) time that happened, I was afraid the … Continue reading

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A Tent for All Seasons

On the recent REI trip I bought a Kelty Deluxe Carport. I have tried, twice, to set it up without success. As it turns out it’s not an easy thing to do alone, especially when you’re still figuring out what … Continue reading

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The Future VW Camper

Here’s a YouTube video with a VW camper of the future. Mine is a camper of the past. It’s cool, though.

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Apparently Water Is Not Very Good for Cars

So if you read the earlier in-the-moment post, the camper fell down and it couldn’t get up. I stopped to check the map and the camper wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. … Continue reading

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Walden Gets a New Hat and Goes for a Ride

When I returned to The Rental and was backing in to the garage I noticed a funny smell, vaguely like curry. When I looked in the mirror, I saw smoke pouring out of the vents. I killed the engine and … Continue reading

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Breakdowns in New Orleans

My first full day in New Orleans I was driving around the French Quarter looking for a place to park. I wondered just who thought it was such a great idea to have a 25,000 person conference in New Orleans … Continue reading

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Walden’s New Name Plate

I thought that Walden’s name should be prominently displayed, and his Westfalia letters after 25 years were getting ragged. I found a Westfalia image online and had a friend use that as a starting place to do a Walden. Here’s … Continue reading

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In which Walden makes it to Colorado

I woke up at about 5:00 this morning. It was hot and loud in the Isle of Capri parking lot. It was going to be a scorcher all across Kansas, so I thought I’d get an early start and try … Continue reading

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Care and Feeding for Walden

I finally got Walden in and out of the shop. It took them three days. As it turned out, there was a lot to do. Plus, once I realized I had access to a mechanic, there were lots of little … Continue reading

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Walden goes to the doctor. I drink Beer.

I woke up this morning in a campground in Bear Creek Park. I’d been there since about 2:00 yesterday afternoon. It took a while to get packed up. When the wind got so crazy that I was thinking that I … Continue reading

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Walden gets a hurt foot

While we were making breakfast on this particular morning, Little Bird pointed out that Walden’s right rear tire, the same one that had been repaired a couple days before, again looked low. After breakfast, which included the potatoes that had … Continue reading

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ReUnion: Bunches of Busses

I found my way from Union to the Catherine Creek State Park. I knew I was headed the right way since I was being followed by another Vanagon Westfalia. I pulled in and saw a bunch of campers. I was … Continue reading

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Oil Leak

Walden and I ambled on down through the redwoods. Where there was a sign that offered the opportunity to drive through a tree we knew that we had to do it. I paid the ten bucks and on we went! … Continue reading

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A night in the desert

OK, so I’m not really young, but I learned from my maternal grandmother never to let the truth interfere with a good story. Everyone went to work. I decided that it probably made sense to wash my clothes and my … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Through the Desert in A Van Named Walden

In our last episode, I decided where to park for the night by getting stuck on a dark desert highway, with cool wind in my hair. Actually it was really a dark desert one-lane road. I kept the windows shut. … Continue reading

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Now I Really Am an Accidental Tourist

I rode out of Flagstaff toward Sedona, which my mother had visited recently. It was supposed to be a cute little town, and it was. I stopped and had some breakfast. I poked in a few shops, but was still … Continue reading

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