Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2001 3:11 PM
Subject: So Far....
Well, as anticipated, it is taking 2-3 weeks to
prepare for the trip. Those of you with romantic notions of my hopping
in a van the day after I left work to ride off into the sunset will be sorely disappointed
about the realities of dropping out. At least dropping out in some sort
of organized manner. So what is taking so long you ask? Well first
there was the move from my apartment. "Come on" you say,
"it was such a small apartment". As we all know, moving sucks.
But, you can always just throw it all in a box (or have the movers do it), and
deal with it on the other end (which we never do, because we all have boxes in
our basements with little moving stickers with numbers on them). Not in
this case however. I had to essentially plan for 3 moves. Every
possession I have now resides in 3 places; storage, my parents house, my van.
So moving involved sorting through everything and determining where it would
belong. In fact I'm still selecting what goes with me.
The 2nd major issue is wrapping up my life such
that it can be managed on the road. This involves such joyous things as;
setting up mail forwarding, changing addresses, consolidating accounts,
setting everything up to be administered from the web, selling a car, benefits
paperwork, insurance paperwork etc. etc. This too is also much fun.
In case it seems like I am complaining I am not, see, I don't sit in the cube
farm anymore. So while all this prep work isn't exactly fun, it's
getting me to where I want to be. Just wanted to clear that up in case
you thought I was whining.
Which brings us to the 3rd (and last) major
preparation task. Outfitting for the trip. This involves
installing an auxiliary battery in the van (as well as a trickle charger,
solar panel, inverter (to run AC from a battery)), bike rack, cargo carrier on
the roof, camping supplies (Woohoo, there is a comma in the total on my
receipt from REI!, in case you are wondering, the dining room table in Lana's
apartment is 386' above sea level - this information brought to you courtesy
of my new GPS), installing a new stereo in the van (of course!), and
various other van maintenance items.
There is, of course, a uniform for all of these
activities. And being the upright citizen that I am I adhere to this
dress code religiously. Bandana (or baseball hat), t-shirt, cargo
shorts, Birkenstocks (sometimes hiking boots). This is an attempt
to supply some credibility to what is otherwise starting to appear like
"Yuppie goes hiking for the weekend".
The combination of all of this stuff, and my usual
slacker self has prevented me from building the web page (but I have been
reading up on how to do it). I have a "coming soon" page up
with my e-mail address. You can find it at: www.findtao.com.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other contact info is as follows:
Cell phone: (804)651-2538
Snail mail: Glenn Voorhees
3126 W. Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221-3504
Hope to hear from everybody soon, I will send
another update next week as preparations wrap up and the itinerary starts
to firm up. The concept is still to head up the East coast, across the Midwest
to Montana, and then to the Black Rock dessert in Nevada by August 27th to
attend Burning Man (check it out at www.burningman.com).
P.S. For those of you who I am not in
contact with regularly, May 4th was my last day in the office, I moved out of
my apartment on the 15th, and I have been alternating between my parents in
Maryland and Richmond since then doing all of these errands. I bought a
1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia camper for the trip, see attached pictures.