On the road again: Victoria - Bandon, Oregon

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


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Oregon Coast- Bandon

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Friday, May 1, 2009

With months of preparations we are finally on the road. The
last two days have been absolutely hectic with saying our goodbyes and packing
the van. It turned out we were rushing to make our deadline, a habit we are
both finding difficult to break. No more schedules, but once in again we were
running around Victoria.



Our first excursion for our fuel was an experience, to say
the least. It turned out the device that we made to pump the oil was not quite
working as expected. Long story short, Christina and I left with cooking oil on
us from head to toe. Gross! But we were able to retrieve 105 liters
of cooking oil, which by our calculations will get us nearly 600km for free.
Hopefully!!!!



C- "Oh No, did
we bite off more then we can chew?"
That was my private thought as cooking oil was spraying all over
us! It's so funny how trying
something new brings so many different emotions. Excitement, anxiety, fear, hope. Devin and I tend to not know the meaning of the word
No. We believe that we can do
anything. Like drive to South
America on Veggie Oil in a 27-year-old van... what are we thinking? However, it's such a wonderful
realization that you can do it, that you figured it out, that it is
possible.



Regarding the swine flu virus (H1N1) the news has noted that
it has risen to a level 5 alert, which is one level away from a pandemic
(world-wide). This has created an issue in our itinerary. Currently our plans
are to travel through the US for the next month or so and revaluate traveling
to Mexico once it appears safer.
Devin's Mom saw on the news that the US health authority thinks Mexico
will be safe by mid-May. Fingers
crossed! Please everyone, don't
worry, we promise to be safe and smart.



100~km clicked on the speedometer since we changed over to
veggie fuel and Wesley started to sputter, "what was going on". The vehicle
began to slow and it looks like there was a problem with the oil that we
choosen. As soon as we clicked
over to Diesel our Westy kept trucking. No biggie, thought we just change out
the oil at our next chance. We arrive in Seattle and it was time to fuel up
with Diesel. Panic attack number two begins... I fill up the tank and Diesel
begins to drip quite steadily from the bottom of the tank. What the Hell!!!



My first reaction was to go straight to a mechanic, but it
quickly becomes apparent that at 5:30pm everything is going to be closed. So we
make a decision to keep moving down the highway checking the fuel gauge. Might
as well use the Diesel if it's going to leak out. We continue to enjoy the
scenery as we make our way down I5 to Oregon.



Our first stop was a rest area just outside of Castle Rock,
Washington. We also found out that the Diesel was only leaking when it was full
and its most likely a seal around the top of the tank, we'll look at getting it
fixed once we are in Merced, Christina's hometown.



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