... Yeah, ok, it's now June 6. I wrote the following entry and then neglected to post it so I'm doing it now, surely in violation of some blogger code. Anyway, TODAY is departure day! For real.
Haha, just kidding. We’re not going anywhere today.
We had actually been hoping to hit the road a day or two before June 1, but our plans were derailed by the van’s check engine light. Scott’s research of the error code (from our handy ScanGauge) led him to believe it could be an easy part to replace. He told our mechanic about it when he went to pick up some spare parts and found out that it could be something more serious. We dropped off the van last Thursday to have it checked out aaaand the van’s transmission had to be totally rebuilt. Seriously. Converter and clutches and steels and seals and other words that mean absolutely nothing to me in this context. Huge thanks to Elliott and Dave and the crew at Upscale Auto. They've gone out of their way to squeeze us into their schedules and keep our costs down, while still making sure we’ll have a reliable rig. We should get the van back tomorrow and are now aiming for a June 4 departure.
We are fully aware how lucky we are to have this happen now instead of down the road but, damn. We’ve both been suffering a strange combination of preparation fatigue and departure panic, the only cure for which would be to. just. leave. already. But a few extra days to wrap things up isn’t a bad thing, so we’re keeping busy with house cleaning and yard work. Thrilling blog material, I know.
And speaking of lucky... over the last few weeks, our friends and coworkers have shown us so much love and have been so supportive (and a little jealous, they’re not ashamed to admit :) that we’re even more appreciative of this unbelievable travel opportunity. And once we finally do depart (in what should be a completely invincible van after all the work that’s been done to it over the last few months), we’re now more motivated to keep everyone up-to-date on our adventures. Which will not include tales of mopping floors or weeding garden beds. Promise.