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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:19 pm    Post subject: solo road trip - new interior - camp set up (pic heavy) Reply with quote

Have I proclaimed my love for my Westy lately?

Friday I got out for a solo trip, leaving hot, steamy Atlanta for the cool Appalachian Mountains. I found a great, new camping spot in the southern Nantahala. I spent the better part of the weekend exploring forest service roads, hiking, and meeting great folks.

I packed my 12volt refrigerator with leftovers from home and stopped at this roadside overlook for lunch:
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Then into the woods, this being my first of a few water crossings:
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For miles and miles, it looked like this:
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and this:
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After some exploring, I set up camp in a Federal campground. Here are some photos of the interior we re-did over the winter and, how I like to set up:
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I know this isn't stock but I was going for a "stockish" look. I took the entire interior out because that's new carpet too. While everything was out I put a layer of sound dampening over everything from the windows down, including the floor.
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My wife made the curtains and disassembled the original vinyl to make a pattern for the new vinyl you see here. She had never worked with vinyl like this before, man I was impressed.
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I fill the solar shower up at home, by the time I get to the mountains the water is typically 110-120 degrees. Ahhh! Hot showers after hiking, can't beat it.
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The next morning I got up and made coffee:
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After some more conversation with camp neighbors and new friends, I took off for several more miles of dirt roads. But eventually I came out of the woods to this:
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And this:
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Once I got back to civilization I stopped for a biscuit and more coffee and looked over my maps for future campgrounds to scout. Eventually I made it to Glen Falls which I'm standing in the middle of here (though the water seems to not really contrast with the stone in the photo):
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Then, it was over to Whiteside Mountain where I found this:
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and more views:
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Once I got home I washed the Westy and "tucked it in"
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some other thoughts as it gets difficult to remember all the pics AND what I wanted to say:

1. If you can ever get out for a solo trip, I highly recommend it. The freedom to just wander where you want when you want is something most of us rarely get to do.

2. I could spend months cris-crossing the Appalachian Mountains, there are so many corners and far off places with amazing views.

3. I know I'm preaching to the choir but can anything beat these Busses? It fits in my 7 foot garage but has clearance for forest service roads AND maneuvers easily through tight spaces and parking lots. I slept in it, showered, prepared meals, sat back and relaxed in it AND I even have a camp toilet in there.

4. It ran like a top the entire time. I must have done at least 100 miles of forest service roads in total, it never gave me a moments pause except to look around and marvel at all.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear you Brother.. Im planning a week in September here in Ontario
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great trip, man. Let me know next time, if you want, and we can pack the families up and do a solo trip together.

My wife and children just got in from a day trip to Senoia. We take one each Sunday. Both times over 130 miles and it's been great.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like the color.

For some reason it seems like the front air vents on the blue Buses are often white... much more so than with any other color Bus.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice trip report! Looks like a great, and quiet time. Just returning from almost 3 weeks on the road I can honestly say two of my favorite camp gadgets are a pour over coffee setup like yours and the same little butane Coleman stove. I only used my grill stove once or twice, for grilling. Also, I almost made it through the entire trip on one $3 canister of butane.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful bus man! Love the pics! I like what you made for the back! What is it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something I left out about this Bus weekend; the car show.

There was a car show this Sunday evening in our church parking lot which is shared by a tattoo parlor and microbrewery, among other restaurants and businesses. The respective owners of the brewery and tattoo place attend our church. Tattoo dude put the car show together and owns a beautiful Bel-Air about the color of my Westy.

I took the Westy. Folks come walking up with the biggest grins on their faces.

Point here is; it was great to end the weekend among friends and make new ones. From the wilderness to the city, folks love these things...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

t-hardwick wrote:
Beautiful bus man! Love the pics! I like what you made for the back! What is it?


Thanks man. That's a "hatch tent" that I'm pretty sure I got from Bus Depot.

I use that area to shower mostly. I put the solar shower bag in the rear luggage tray and route the shower hose between the roof and hatch. With careful flip flop management you can change out of clothes, shower, and put on fresh clothes while keeping your feet clean.

And when it's breezy outside? Whew! It feels great in the summer time!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good trip. I've done the Blue Ridge Parkway multiple times on a Harley but haven't had my bus out there. After seeing your pics I hope to remedy the situation soon!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am totally envious. I am still working on getting mine on the road for first trip. Hoping to get it out of paint this week for first trip this weekend. I will need to share as well.

Thank you for sharing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great trip!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great trip and a dialed westy. Thanks for the photos and trip report. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, beautiful westy ya got there! Nice pics too.

What color is that blue out of curiosity?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wcfvw69 wrote:
Hey, beautiful westy ya got there! Nice pics too.

What color is that blue out of curiosity?


Thank you!

You know the previous owner said it was a blue they used on Beetles. The PO is the one who had it painted that color. But as I've gone to shows and looked closer at Beetles nothing seems to really match. The first pic above seems to be closest to what you see in person. Sometimes the camera and lighting makes other pics really come out different.

The Beetle color code names are escaping me at the moment, I think "zenith" is one but our color here seems darker than that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like an awesome trip -- and yes, I agree with you on the "solo" aspect. Not always, but sometimes it's very much needed! These buses sure are unique and wonderful in their own way. You just don't get that from any new vehicles being offered today.

Your pic of the rear hatch tent made me do a double-take! Looks oddly similar to my homemade shower room. I use a big shallow tote as the "floor" to stay out of the mud. All the pieces, including any towels and toiletries, then pack into the tote for easy transport and storage. Two stakes into the ground plus a few magnets to the bumper, hold the shower curtain from flapping in the breeze.

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