We returned from our mini work / vacation get-away on Monday evening, and started straight back into the normal routine on Tuesday morning! The time away has made us excited to get back on the road again 🙂 Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 23.September.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- Adam Ondra is arguably the world’s strongest climber, and he just climbed his 5.15d project (i.e. the world’s hardest sport climb). It boggles my mind how strong he is.
- Have you ever wondered how climbing ropes are made? I thought it was pretty interesting, even just from a technological point of view.
- We woke up in Powell River to morning temperatures around 4 C. The change in season is making me crave pumpkins and carbs. Perhaps, starting with these Pumpkin and Tahini Cookies! Or these Pumpkin Pecan Scones!
- With the evenings cooling down, it might be time to swap our cold salads for warm noodle bowls. I’m liking the idea of this Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry Bowl.
- An interesting article on why grizzlies are being killed by trains in Alberta.
- For all our friends with little kiddos – what to say to kids instead of “Be Careful”. I like some of the phrases!
On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):
We traveled to Vancouver Island and across to Powell River last week. I’ll try to post a few more pictures of our journey next week, but for now, here’s a few of my favourites from the van.
Changes to make:
Spending a few days in a row on the road gave us time to really try things out and start to figure out what works and what doesn’t, and how we want the van to progress from here. The good thing is that there were no major pressure points with our current design! We were pretty happy with our layout.
With that said, we finally decided on how and where we want to install our toilet and shower. To do this, we realized we probably needed to change the orientation of the electrical panel box on the floor.
- The good news: The new orientation allows for a bit more airflow around the electrical components, and the box is now attached to the L-Track in the floor.
- The bad news: Simply rotating the box wasn’t as straightforward as Jonty hoped. So it meant cutting more 80/20 (but reusing most of it), re-CNCing and staining new panels, and dismantling then re-attaching all the connections. In the end, it took the rest of the week for Jonty to complete, but it looks fantastic, and ultimately, we both think it’s a better design.
We also figured out how we want our privacy shades to work at the front of the van. We were really impressed with how well all the other curtains worked, in terms of keeping light out + providing insulation, so I’ll just be making more of the same for the front. The middle insulating layer I’ve been using is called Insul-Bright, and it’s been a fantastic find at our local fabric store.
The plan is to have the curtains hang on hooks around the perimeter of the cabin, which will make it easy to quickly put the curtains up and take them down.