Wesley the Westfalia

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Mar 26, 2010

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Tag your it", thats what the typical laid back owner of our new Westfalia told me when he handed over the keys, "this Van will change your life man". It took Christina and I nearly 2 months to find our 1982 Diesel Westfalia, which was tipped of to me on craigslist after I left a note saying WANTED: 1982 WESTFALIA DIESEL ONLY. The reason for Diesel is the Vegi conversion that we have planned to install in a couple weeks. There just happens to be a fellow in Cobble Hill, BC that is a certfied mechanic for professionaly installing this system. So we will be running the whole distance on used Vegi Oil. Yes you heard correctly.... we're going to smell like fries and fried chicken!

Christina decided to name our Vanagon Wesley one day after a long talk over the phone, while she was in Australia for work... Seemed very fitting. Wesley is much different from our old car, which was quite difficult to let go of, our beautiful BMW Z3.

Some history of our little Vanagon, it was the home of a college student at UBC, trip down to Utah, and many camper experiences around British Columbia. Now we are getting prepared for the ultimate adventure, 40000 miles to South America. I have quit my job at Birks and Christina is home from the ships, we will be ready to leave for our first destination... California. So we are currently in the process of turning our Wesley into a home and planning the trip (or not planning depending on how you look at it!)
There's lots to be done and good-byes to be said but our hearts are already on the road again.
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cmedancing on

Re: Enjoy Your Trip
Thanks so much for all of the information and great advice. You are our first visitor to leave a comment and it was very exciting!

I've glanced at the SERVAS site and I'm going to do a little more research to see if we can interview in the US since we leave Canada in a few days... YAHOO!!

I just went to your website. You're Gracie is adorable!!! I love Labs! And she's from such a wonderful place, Cali (I'm from California)! Your trip sounds like it was absolutly amazing. Europe would be great, albeit way more expensive then South America. I also found the link for free book downloads. What a great idea. I'm going to start downloading right now!

Thanks again for all the advice. Make sure you keep watching our post.... we are going to update it as often as possible.

Have a wonderful and bright day!

cmedancing on

Re: Such a life!
Thanks Buddy!

Wish you were here... Im looking forward to next time our paths cross.


Chasethemouse on

Hey, I'm totally jealous! Just wondering where u plan to get your used veg oil, especially while on your trip?

Happy travels...

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