Operation #vanlife is proving difficult. Much more difficult than living out of a backpack for three months in Europe. Who would have thought?
Here’s a recap of the first three weeks on the road:
Day one: Discover our daytime lights continuously flash, so everyone on the road thinks we are constantly flashing them.
Day two: Get the van stuck in sand on the shores of Lake Michigan. Had to get towed out by someone with a 4×4.
Day three: Lose our only set of car keys somewhere on the campus of University of Illinois. Sleep in the commuter parking lot of campus.
Day four: Cannot get a key made. The vehicle key-code had been deleted because the van was maybe reported stolen at some point. Must tow the van to a locksmith and have them tear apart the ignition to make key. Get key and then pay $260 to have lights fixed. Lights don’t get fixed.
Day five: Spend $67 on lights. Still don’t get fixed. Discover we can just unplug the daytime headlights to solve problem….for free.
And here comes the fun part…
Week 2: Van gets broken into by downtown San Antonio. Come back to a trashed van and discover my Canon 70D camera, wallet, passport, $129 Birksun backpack, $249 ONA camera bag, and credit cards have been stolen.