With this past Monday being a long weekend in BC, and Valentine’s Day falling mid-week, and a few site visits thrown into the mix, it’s felt like a really short week! No complaints here, though. To the rest of Canada, we hope you enjoy your Family Day long weekend this coming Monday! Next year we’ll finally join in on the same day 😉
Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 17.February.2018.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- Have you been watching the Olympics? What do you think about this list of the 8 hardest winter sports? Growing up in a household of curlers, I can affirm number 8!
- This bowl full of savory peanut butter noodles and salty halloumi looks like a winner.
- Did you get your fill of chocolate this past week? I think this chocolate, raspberry and almond cake makes me think I could handle a bit more 😉
- Save your coffee grounds for another use! We’ve actually made instant espresso powder from ours, for baking. It adds a nice flavour to chocolate 🙂
- 10 things incredibly likeable people never do. I’ve got room for improvement!
- Who wouldn’t want to find this in their office drawer? 🙂
On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):
Last week I had to spend a day over in Nanaimo for work, so we took the opportunity to bring the van over and stay on the island for some of the long weekend. The big highlight of the trip? After almost two years, Moby got his first bath finally! His favourite part? A little scrub behind the wheels 🙂 It was the best $12 we’ve spent on him!
The other bonus of the weekend was that we were able to gather some data from our second-alternator charging system. All week, we let the batteries run down, and by Saturday morning, we had about 30% charge left. So on the drive from Nanaimo to Victoria, Jonty hooked his laptop up to our Mastervolt controller via USB, and gathered data from the system. I’m hoping he will do a proper post here, because we’ve had some interest from the Instagram community!
We’re the very first customers to use the Mastervolt charge-control system in conjunction with the Nations high-amp alternator and, as far as we’re aware, no other group is able look at their charging data in real-time. It’s kind of exciting! Here are a few graphs showing a very small subset of some data we’re able to look at. In very (very) general terms, we obtain real-time information on alternator temperature, battery voltages and currents, charging rates, etc.
In less than 2 hours of driving time, we were able to completely charge up our batteries, and we didn’t even tax the system to its full potential. So from now on, our off-grid / off-road travels will really only be limited to our fresh water supply!
Weekly progress report:
We’re definitely getting toward the end of this van conversion. Until we figure out the grey water tanks, our weekly updates are going to be a lot of little finishing-up projects. This project this week was installing a slide-out garbage and recycling tray under the sink.
After nearly 2 years of having to custom-fabricate virtually every component in the van, we finally purchased something that required almost no additional work! Ikea, we thank you for selling something that is shorter than the standard household cupboard depth 🙂 The rollers and tray were UTRUSTA, and the bins (with lids) were VARIERA. All Jonty had to do was to make a mount to attach the rollers to the L-track in the floor! Hallelujah, a quick project!
Pictures from the week of 17.February.2018:
Like I mentioned, we spent last weekend on Vancouver Island. We stayed in Nanaimo for one night in Nanaimo and the second night in Victoria.
While Jonty was washing up the breakfast dishes, I snapped a few pictures of the morning light in the Nanaimo harbour. These were the views we woke up to in the morning – not too shabby, hey? I’m a sucker for a good water reflection 🙂
And our ride back to Vancouver!