James

Eva

The Build Continues

The Build Continues

Here's a quick update on the progress for the van build:

  1. We added silicone and Great Stuff foam to seal off the holes in the side of the van used to hold on the exterior trim pieces
  2. Attached furring strips to the ceiling support beams. This increases the space for insulation from 2" to 2.75" and gives us a good spot to fasten the ceiling panels
  3. Over the course of the week we cut all of the wall and ceiling panels! We still need to cover the doors and various trim pieces
  4. We tried a number of different ways to fit the two bikes in our allotted bike garage space. We're still working on that...
  5. Eva and I helped David glue up a window trim piece for the kitchen wall panel
  6. David started work on the face plate for the pantry above the driver and passenger
  7. Eva and Leslie cut the last ceiling panel to fit, and added a hole for the exhaust fan
Furring strips fastened in place

Furring strips fastened in place

Attempting to figure out bike storage...

Attempting to figure out bike storage...

Gluing up the frame for the kitchen window

Gluing up the frame for the kitchen window

Sanding the trim cut

Sanding the trim cut

David working on the face plate for the pantry

David working on the face plate for the pantry

The build is coming along, though a bit slower than we initially hoped. Progress is progress though. I'm very satisfied with the work that has been done, and the overall plan is shaping up to be pretty awesome. We had the added benefit this week of help from Eva's parents. Their skill with construction and wood working goes a long way.

Over the weekend we took a quick day trip with David and Leslie to hike a portion of the Deep Gap trail, starting at Mt. Mitchell, and turning around at the peak of Cattail. The views are stunning, and the trail is gorgeous. The long drive up to the start is well worth the trip. On the way back to Asheville we passed by six grizzly bears, which Maya (the Humphrey family Aussie Cattle Dog) was not very fond of.

View of the peaks that the Deep Gap trail traverses

View of the peaks that the Deep Gap trail traverses

The ridge line is teeming with life everywhere you look

The ridge line is teeming with life everywhere you look

Tickles denied at the summit of Mt. Mitchell

Tickles denied at the summit of Mt. Mitchell

We're on the Open Road! (A Long Overdue Update)

We're on the Open Road! (A Long Overdue Update)

Goodbye Pittsburgh, Hello Asheville (Hello Rust)

Goodbye Pittsburgh, Hello Asheville (Hello Rust)

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