Road Read – Van Floor Leveling Slats are Complete!

A lot of work got done over the weekend. Actually it was a 3 day weekend for me since I had Friday off. I showed up early over at my pop’s house. We spent about 8 hours getting most of the slats cut for the floor of the van. On Sunday we finished the job with another 8 hours each of effort. 32 Man Hours just to get the slats in. Everything takes longer than you would think.

The template work was easier than I thought it was going to be but the planing was the brutal part. Each board had to be thinned down to match the high ribs in the van. All boards were beveled with 45 degree angles on the sided so that would provide the most support possible. Very productive. I am looking forward to getting the sub-floor templates started so the Lizardskin insulation can be done.

Floor Leveling Slats

A few more pics of the finished process can be seen over in the Spoken Compass Photo Gallery.

Very pleased to get some actual physical progress done. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for the reads and keep the course.


008 Spoken Compass – At Baa Baa Brewhouse 6-11-16

Mike and I headed out to beautiful Brookshire, Texas which is about 30 miles West of Houston. It happens to be the location of one of my new favorite breweries, Baa Baa Brewhouse at 539 FM 359.


A growler full of Father Goose IPA. Mine!

We got there around 4 and spent the rest of the day with some good beers and good company. We also set up the mics and talked about some ideas around the flooring of the van and the difference between radiant and conductive heat and some of the issue when trying to insulate.
I have spent a lot of time investigating different ways that travelers have insulated their rides and so far a sizable chunk of my expenditure has been on insulation such as the Lizard Skin and a big roll of Thinsulate. I personally think that the investment here will have the biggest payoffs in the long run in both hot and cool (I plan on staying away from cold) environments.

There were 5 different beers on tap and Mike and I got to sit down and talk with the co-owner and brewer, Marcus W. It was a great discussion and definitely made me appreciate having the opportunity to have an additional mic. Lots of different topics were covered from Punk bands to grilled lettuce. Marcus talked about a few of his beers and brought us up to speed on the brewery and some of his goals.

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.              Marcus W.                                             Johnny R.                                              Michael W.

We will certainly be doing more podcasts from this brewhouse. Many thanks to Michael and Marcus and the other patrons of Baa Baa Brewhouse for a great afternoon.

Check out the podcast and let me know your thoughts. I can be reached through the contact page.

Many thanks for listening and keep the course.


007 Spoken Compass – Sour Beers in Sour Weather 5-3-16

I got together with Mike Walker at the house last Friday afternoon and had some great tacos and some fairly decent beer.

We braved sour weather and sour beers as we talked about some minor progress. Kinda like, talking about the calm before the storm during a storm.

While it rained, we discussed some benefits of finding new interests and goals and some of the great people you meet along the way. And it seriously rained. Luckily, I was trying out a new field rig setup that is completely battery powered so we managed to get this one recorded in spite of Mother Nature’s strong efforts.

We have thunder, strange noises and squeaky kitchen chairs. Welcome to the strange road.

Thanks for listening and keep the course,