One morning I was doing some work on the van while Justin was at one of his last days of work. Travis, a roofer our parents hired for a job, walked up to me and began asking questions about our van. I told him what I was working on and what our plan was for 2016. He was super encouraging and happy for us and at the end of our short conversation, offered, “My van’s pretty cool too. Next time I come out here I’ll bring it.” Not really understanding what he meant, we shook hands and he left. About a week later, Travis came by to check on the roof and sure enough he brought his work van. And he wasn’t kidding: it’s pretty damn cool. The most impressive part of his build is that everything has its perfectly fitted place. From the leaf blower, to the sledge hammer, to every cable and drill, each piece of equipment had its specific home. In awe, we asked how he managed such a feat as he explained that this was his 3rd van that he’s built out. “I’ve gotten it pretty much down now,” he said, “but the next one’s going to be even better.”
One of the things I’m most excited about for this trip is meeting like-minded people, especially fellow “van lifers” like Travis. There’s a sense of pride that goes into making a generic, mass produced, vehicle one of a kind. Travis is proud of his and we sure are proud of ours and we can’t wait to share it with other van aficionados we meet along the way.
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