Looking for a simpler life, but not too simple…

24 Hours Isn’t Enough Time In A Day

It’s really hard to update my blog as often as I’d like to with so much going on.

Just an overview of what’s been going on the past couple of weeks:

I finished the trailer: added all the tie down points, wheel chock (holds the motorcycle wheel) and new tires. I found a 55 gallon drum on Craigslist for $25; it smells like fruit punch, even full of veggie oil. Matt and I installed the filters on the wall of the trailer; they filter the oil from the drum before it goes into the RV. Tara found some old “storage bags” that were originally made for car trunks. I hung those and they work great for holding filters and misc odds and ends. Matt and I also hung the bicycles in the trailer but I’m hoping to find a spare tire bike rike to go on the back of the RV so I don’t smack my head on the bikes getting in and out of the trailer. Here’s a half way finished photo:

I’ve made 3-4 trips to the storage unit (we got a 5×10 unit to store important keepsakes and few other items, like our dining room table, my homebrewing equipment, etc) and spent days upon days packing, getting ready for the estate sale. The estate sale went really well, minus the bunghole that stole our router. Now we just have a couple things left to sell on Craigslist and some boxes of smaller stuff to donate.

I also found an awesome home for my dog, Bear. My mom is an animal lover so I know he will be well cared for (and spoiled rotten!). By now I’m sure he already has his first leather recliner. Thanks, Mom! 😉

I had a big get-together with all my work buddies to finish off the last of the homebrew. Out of everyone that came, only one person was still employed. I had fun conversating with everybody. I’m really going to miss their friendships. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep in touch.

Most of my time was still spent working on Benny and the veggie oil conversion with Matt Janssen. But that’s a post unto itself. I’ll try to write out the details and post photos within the next week.



Not only is Matt a talented mechanic, he’s such a cool and inspirational person to be around. He enjoys a lot of the same things I do and we have a lot in common. I can’t wait to travel and run into them again.

This week I’m taking care of a couple odds and ends before we head out of town, including a day wasted at the DMV turning in the truck plates (it’s going to be parked at my dad’s house), filtering more oil, and some small errands.

I’m hoping to be ready to go and on the road by Wednesday or Thursday, so I can finally relax and breath.


4 responses

  1. Just keep at it. I know first hand how exhausting it can be. We’ve been working on Apoc every day, all day for a week and we’re beat!

    The veggie oil conversion – does that work only for diesel?

    February 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    • Yea it only works on diesel unfortunately.

      March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

  2. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures. I’m conjuring as much love and luck as I can to send off with you all.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:22 am

  3. Scott Dietrich

    Congratulations Justin, Very Nice! Im glad thats done. I hope your able to stay calm. I know it seems like theres a ton to do and no time to do it. You have all the time in the world and it will all be good. Just keep thinking of being out there in the nature and breathing that clean fresh air enjoying the silence. We are in Camp Verde, Az gettin some showers and doin some laundry. We are lovin that passport america 50% discount! Sounds like you guys are doin great. Gotta go fill up my home with gas. (6 miles to the gallon;) We are jealous! Peace and Love to you and yours!

    March 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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