June 22, 2007

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Below are the diary entries for June 22, 2007. Also, check out today’s photos.

Nicoline At last!
Nicoline (June 22, 2007)

Last modified: June 22, 2007 at 19:43:33

Well, we finally managed to get everything into or on top of the rental van. Mark joked that we should have rented an 18-wheeler, and for a while this afternoon I thought we'd never get it in, but we managed. As icing on the cake, we put the bumper"stickers" (they're more bumper magnets, really) on the van, so as to enlighten Jesus Land :-)

All in all, we worked hard, but a Nyquil should see us safely asleep at 8 p.m. and on the road by 4 a.m. tomorrow!

Anita Dekker wrote on June 22, 2007 at 21:52:19:

Hope you had a great sleep, drugs or no drugs! 4am is one hell of an early start though! Good to see the photos of the mini van. Maybe you needed a maxi van? But the thing on top is a brilliant idea! Have a great start to an awesome journey

Eric Yessss!!!!!!
Eric (June 22, 2007)

Last modified: June 22, 2007 at 19:30:23

Last day at work yesterday, and today my vacation started. It was a busy day.

We were up quite early (six thirty); probably nerves :-). Until nine, we did preparations; for instance, I worked through the last finance things (entering credit card slips and such in the system) to make sure we would be up to date.

At nine, we left for Dulles to pick up the minivan. There wasn't much choice at the Avis rental agency and we ended up with a Dodge with 6294 miles.

When we actually got in the minivan, it was much smaller than we expected. Minivans probably aren't that big at all, but having always driven regular cars, we kind-of expected something much bigger.

After a little detour because of a wrong turn, we made a stop at the AAA office on the way home and ended up buying a case for on top of the car; that will hold most of our camping stuff (tents, sleeping bags, and such).

Still, when we got home, I had a moment of despair when I say the amount of stuff we were wanting to take and the room the car had. It took quite some judicious shuffling by Nicoline and me (Mark helped a lot too, in fact) but we managed to get everything in there.

Now, it's getting to be evening. We're sleeping in our sleeping bags tonight. At 3:00 am we will get up, pack the last few things, and go...

Eric Grivel wrote on June 23, 2007 at 7:35:10:

Brenda, if you're reading this: turns out we should have taken you up on the offer to borrow your carrier... I really thought we wouldn't need it!