I (Dylan) am currently sitting in the Philadephia airport waiting for a connecting flight to New Haven Connecticut. Why you ask? Well I am embarking on a little adventure to get a new van! For whatever reason I always seem to be able to save a fairly large amount by getting vehicles on the east coast. Well, maybe not always but twice now! I love a little adventure and am looking forward to my trip back across the country to my beloved mountains!! I’ll try to post some pictures along the way for those who want to follow my little adventure. Have a great day!
Update of trip!
I drove until about 1:30 that night and pulled over at a rest area and caught a few hours of Z’s.
Then I continued west on I-80 and stopped in Michigan to see my extended family for lunch. That’s what I love about these trips is getting to see people I don’t normally get to! Of course they all loved the Sprinter!
We (Sprinter and myself) made it back to Beautiful Colorado Springs!
I had a bit more fun along the way and wanted to finish sharing about the journey. I stopped in Chicago to visit a close friend for Friday and Saturday night. Here’s a picture of Todd and his kids. I love doing things like this because it allows to to visit people I don’t normally get to see! The kids had a BLAST playing in the Sprinter. We couldn’t keep them out of it!
On Sunday morning I left Chicago for Quincy, Illinois! My friends parents live in Quincy and they, along with their pastor and family were nice enough to invite me over for a little Easter Dinner. It was NOT little. Deeelicous! Here’s the Easter dinner crew.
The gentleman far left in the front is Mr. Steve Hagood. Otherwise known as “Captain America”! We call him Captain America because he has in fact ridden his bicycle across the entire United States. From the far northwest corner of Washington all the way down to the tip of Florida. He has many stories to tell of his adventures which include being arrested for suspicion that he was the Unibomer! I think Mr. Steve is in fact writing a book about his journeys. Captain America has also assisted as a guide for us from time to time and it’s a real pleasure to have him.
The journey continued after the most amazing dinner and desert onto Kansas City where I turned in for the night at another friends house. Unfortunately it was late and no pictures were to be had. I left in the morning to a place called Freedom Cycles in Kansas City to pick up some motorcycles that needed transport back to Colorado Springs. They were not just any motorcycles but actual bikes that had been raced in the 2012 Dakar Rally in South America. If you are not familiar with this race, it is known as the most difficult rally race in the world. 14 days of racing across Argentina, Chile, and Peru. We had the privilege of helping support Ned Suesse (otherwise known as Neduro) in his privateer efforts this year. As it turned out he was the only American that actually finished the race! Congrats Ned! The following are a couple pictures of the bikes and the final load that all got transported back. This van can haul ALOT!!!
For starters, here is a picture of Ned that was taken during the actual race.
The bikes waiting for their first class transport in the Sprinter! (I think we may need to name her…him…?)
On the picture below you can see our website name on Ned’s bike.
Jonah Street’s rally bike going in!
The final load. You can’t even see any motorcycles!
When I got home and unloaded the next day I couldn’t help but have a sit on Jonah’s bike. I felt like a little kid in a candy store!
Well, if you have gotten this far I thank you for being a part of this journey. Now…it’s time to get back to pedal bikes!!