Porkchop, the van formerly known as Betty, our beloved thirty-five year old 1980 Dodge Ram converted campervan. Who knows how many miles, countries or owners have spanned the lifespan of our companion 35 years.
Who’s hitched a ride where, when and with whom?
What kind of tunes have played from these speakers?
Who else has turned this steering wheel, in what direction did they take and why?
As most of you who’ve stumbled upon or been following our adventures will know, we bought Porkchop in Toronto back in August 2014. It was then known as Betty, cost us CAD$1,500 after breaking down in the Walmart carpark, needing a push back to the start line, and shortly following we gave it a new lease of life when we replaced the shock absorbers, stabilisers, ignition switch, complete rear brakes and much more. Open heart surgery followed with a rebuilt engine fitted in Montana, new radiator in Las Vegas and the 15 year old transmission overhauled in Mexico.
There were emotional times, costly times and delays involved, but no matter what, this van was our home and we loved it. It protected us from the worst rain storm we’ve ever seen while crossing the Mississippi, provided shade on the banks of Lake Granada in Nicaragua, warmth when camping at the summit of the Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park and acted as the best man at our wedding as transport to load up on cheap booze from Lee’s Discount Liquor in Vegas.
If only these wheels could talk, we’re sure there’d be one hell of a ride to talk about! Hopefully this isn’t the end of the adventure for our dear old Porkchop, as we managed to find a buyer in Panama City who wished to continue the journey with his wife and five kids, that should add something interesting to the story!
As we’re feeling a little nostalgic writing this, here’s some Porkchop flashbacks to highlight those 34,000 odd miles and 10 countries. For us it definitely was one hell of a ride!
OOOOOOHHHHHHH THE EMOTION!!!!!
So thanks for sharing the blood, sweat and tears with the three of us though stay tuned for the second leg of the two year adventure when we tackle the good, the bad and the plain fun that South America has to offer us.