Tims Traveling Circus
I’m a retired Deputy Sheriff and professional (a long time ago) photographer. I travel all over North America on my motorbikes and in my Mercedes Sprinter van I converted into a nice camper. Home is wherever I park for the night, week, or month! Join me as I wander and enjoy.
BTW…I skip around a lot and this blog is not fancy…that’s the way my brain works 🙂
The higher page number is the latest post, enjoy.
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How Did I Get Here
When I retired in 2014 I had all kinds of things…two homes…properties in Florida and North Carolina…and all the trappings many of us have. All accumulated over 62 years of working, saving, and building. One day in 2018 I was sitting on the porch at my home in NC and realized I really wasn’t that happy. I was spending tons of money supporting everyone but myself…the insurance people, yard people, tax people, roofing people, people and people and people. All so I could maintain and keep all the stuff working. That’s when I decided to cash it all in and start supporting myself. I had Social Security income, a nice pension from my time in Law Enforcement, savings, and investments (I’m an Apple stockholder among others). And…most importantly I was completely out of debt. Everything that didn’t make me happy was sold, given away, or thrown away. When I was all done it felt wonderful. I only kept the condo in Fl as my Legal Domicile as the taxes there are a well under control. I bought a brand new van, converted it into a nice camper (the link to the build is below), and hit the road…life is good.
Travel Videos and Stories
- My Youtube Channel (lots of videos and more on the way)
- 2019 Travels
- 2018 Travels (Alaska again)
- Coffee and New Friends
- 2017 Alaska
- Tiny Bike to Alaska 2016
- The Mercedes Sprinter Adventure Van Build
A bit about the van. I bought the thing as a basic cargo van and spent 4 months doing the conversion myself. I learned as I went and had tons of help from good knowledgeable folks. It has most of the features you’d find in a home…bedroom, kitchen, toilet, living room, and entertainment center. There is no proper shower installed (takes up too much room) but I do have a hot water heater with a separate pump and shower head I can hang off the rear doors to shower out in the boonies. Here is a link to the complete van build….Tewster’s Adventure Van Build
A Few of The Bikes (I’ve owned tons but these are some of my favs)
Several hundred thousand of you folks have asked about my morning coffee routine. I HATE pouring hot coffee into a cold mug so….here’s what I do.
- fill mug with water to measure the amount of water
- pour water into Jet Boil Zip…heat
- pour hot water back into mug to warm it up
- while mug is warming put coffee in filter and drip thing
- pour water back into Jet Boil…mug is now hot
- pour 2.794 oz of milk into hot mug
- re-heat water then pour into drip thing and let sit for 3.78 minutes
- while coffee is brewing put small spoon in pocket to warm it up so when I stir the coffee to mix the milk it doesn’t cool off
- enjoy the coffee….easy
- No…the mug and dripper are not being heated by the stove 🙂
Keeping Clean On The Road
It’s really easy to keep clean on the road. I do have a shower system installed in the back of the van I can use when needed…but…showers are everywhere!
Truck stops like Fying J, Pilot, and Loves have wonderful showers and do cater to the traveler. The showers are cleaned between each user and include fresh towels. All you do is go to the fuel desk, ask for a shower, give them $12, and they will give you a number. When your number is called, go to the shower with your number, enter the code on the door, and proceed to get clean and pretty…easy. No time limit and plenty of hot water!
Many State, County, and City Parks have showers. If you’re staying there you’re set. If you’re just traveling though you can stop by and ask if you can use the shower facilities. Most of the time the attendant will say sure go ahead…sometimes they may charge $5 or so to help keep the things clean.
YMCA’s are everywhere, get a membership for $50 a year
Planet Fitness, $10 month,use the showers and park overnight for free at most locations
Friends places…don’t abuse their hospitality
When you’re traveling in the desert it’s usually cool and dry in the winter. You don’t sweat a lot. Using Wet Wipes between showers is an easy way to stay clean. It’s called taking a “whore’s bath”…again easy. Sometimes I may go several months between showers 🙂
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