Road Read

  • Road Read – Midwest Vanlife Gathering, Mt. Rushmore, Devil’s Tower and Ribs? June 22, 2018 How about another trip up North! How about another injury? This time I head out to meet other Van Dwellers in Missouri and then head west to see some fantastic national treasures. During this time I experiment with sleep deprivation and how many Advil you can take at one time.
  • Road Read – Push Monkey Fun in Sherwood Forest April 30, 2018 Everyone has favorite places.   They can be spots where you feel safe like being at home. Or places that are exciting like a good camping spot or a good sports arena. A favorite bar that serve you’re a drink just like you like it and always have music that seems to be just right. Places where ...
  • Road Read – Atacama Bags, Akalaka Mounts and Excel Gear Review 2/15/18 February 22, 2018 This writeup is going to be a combination of a gear review and a build of my soft bag set up for my R1200GSA.   As I mentioned in a previous article, I wanted an alternative to travelling with my BMW aluminum hard cases off-road. This was primarily due to wanting something that would not need repair ...
  • Road Read – The GSA, Mods and Future Ideas 2/14/18 February 14, 2018 I tend to overthink things. A lot. All the time.   One of the things I wanted to do when I started this website and started writing these articles was review some of the equipment that I used – either in the creation of the van or products used while traveling in the van. Since the van ...
  • Road Read – Harvey, Motorcycles, Surgery and Work 1/15/18 January 15, 2018 It’s been a long, very long time since I have made an update on my status and where the Spoken Compass has been. I think bringing some of my friends up to date is long overdue.   First Hurricane Harvey sucked. Amazingly bad. I’ve been in Houston since the early 80s and this was way worse than ...
  • Road Read – April Progress Update 4/4/17 April 4, 2017 It has been a long time since I have done a progress update on the van. Primarily because I have desperately trying to make some progress! So here is a list of where some of the individual projects. I’ll try to put this is some sort of logical order.
  • Road Read – Shore Power Inlet Install 1/21/17 January 23, 2017 Some electrical work got done today. Not enough to get any electrons moving around. In fact, I didn’t get any actual wiring done. However, it is never a small task to cut another hole in the van. This one was not close to the size of the roof vent but was absolutely substantial. This was ...
  • Road Read – Enjoy the Moment and the Process 1-20-17 January 20, 2017 Enjoying the process. Enjoying the good company. I remember that this whole thing is a project and while it is not moving as fast as I had hoped, it will get finished and I will want to be able to look back on it with good memories and not as just a stressful job.
  • Road Read – Sit and Spin or My Swivel Seat Installation 12-1-16 December 1, 2016 My vehicle is a 2016 Ford Transit 250. The passenger seat is a manual one. I am planning on primarily traveling alone so the passenger seat rarely has a butt in it. That being the case, for a large part of the time it is wasted space. Unless you can turn it a get some use ...
  • Road Read – Down with the Man! I mean Main Floor! 8-10-16 August 10, 2016 Got a bit of work done over the weekend. Certainly not as much as I wanted to but  that is the norm. I did some additional touch up painting on the Lizardskin. There were several areas where the masking tape pulled up more of the spray in insulation than I would have liked. There were also ...
  • Road Read – Another Take on the Wall and Ceiling Ribs 8-6-16 August 6, 2016 Well, that didn’t work. I spent the last Friday morning working on the ribs for the wall slats and I have to say it was a pretty damn frustrating venture. In the last Road Read (Road Read – Main Floors and Wall and Ceiling Panel Ribs ), I detailed out my plan to cut down and bevel ...
  • Road Read – Main Floors and Wall and Ceiling Panel Ribs (Not BBQ Ribs) 7-22-16 July 22, 2016 Walls, Floors and Colors. Another trip to the Hardware Store. This time to pick up the paneling for the walls. There is roughly 252 square feet of walls and ceiling to cover and I have decided to do this with a 1/4 inch thick Pine panel from Home Depot. My original intent was to do it ...
  • Road Read – The Floors Beneath the Floors – Subfloors! 7-6-16 July 6, 2016 Subfloors – Making a solid foundation to live on. So it only makes sense to start the floor and work our way up from there.  When I started on the floors I knew that I wanted to put in the Lizardskin prior to putting the floors down or even the sub floors for that matter. The bottom ...
  • Road Read – Van Floor Leveling Slats are Complete! June 19, 2016 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 ...
  • Road Read – Skinning the Lizard – Lizard Skin and UPR Catch Can Info 3-23/16 March 23, 2016 I give a quick explanation of two things I will be getting when the van arrives. Preventative equipment and the primary layer of insulation to be done before any other installs. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for the read.
  • Road Read – Updates on Timing of the Van Delivery March 17, 2016 X-Plans. Hearing what I want to hear. And it has only just begun.
  • Road Read – Welcome to Spoken Compass February 29, 2016 I quick intro. I figure some kind of explanation is in order.