I have two weeks to get this thing on the road. I thought I had more time. But then, I also thought I’d have it done in October. I set up an appointment for winter tires on Saturday. Next week is Thanksgiving. And let’s hope any mechanical issues we’ve got left can be fixed next week or the week after. The only problems I know of right now are the alignment’s a little hinky and the heater doesn’t work, not on defrost, not on AC, and not on engine heat, which seems weird. Blower works, but it’s just cold air. No idea. I should probably get that fixed before I find myself in Montana.
Today, after loading up enough wood for bed slats, I went to a junkyard to find a wheel. It’s missing a spare. But the spare was stowed underneath and if your spare’s stored underneath your vehicle, it’s a known rule that if you ever need it, you’ll be parked in mud. I found a cargo door mount, just needed a wheel. So, junkyard. I found one matching van. With exactly one wheel left. But it’s in pretty good shape. All it needs is a new tire.
I’ve solved the curtain issue, or will. Thank you everyone. We will have curtains soon and we can all quit looking at the horror show we’ve got going on now. I found horrorshow seat covers in case we miss the curtains. Somehow they managed to get a deer, an American flag, and camo all in one little seat cover. Goddamn American masterpiece. “Marijuana? Not me, officer. I smoke Bambi. Thanks for keeping us safe from those goddang degenerates on that dope, officer.” I bought two of them.
I have to be on the road in two weeks. Holy shit. Posts might have to be a little sparse between now and New England. Two weeks. It’s fine. It’ll be fine. As I told the guy who was watching and laughing before I yanked the last tire off a van that was balanced on a couple rims and a transmission, what’s the worst that could happen.
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