It’s been a few weeks since we purchased El Tortuga, our new ‘77 VW Bus, and we have been busy making plans for the restoration! One of my favorite things is rescuing these old souls and bringing them back to their former glory.

We’ve ordered a handful of parts, fixed a few brake/clutch issues, and given it a healthy 3 coats of wax while we wait for a slot to open up for a new coat of paint.

All in all, this bus is in great shape! Little to no rust (just surface rust in a few places that needs to be sanded before it becomes deep cancer), and a decent interior (all the camping parts work great). Engine seems to be running great after a few adjustments. 

We’re excited to start on this journey with this newer bus! We learned so much from the restore on our ‘67, and can’t wait to start all over again. 

A list of notable people my wife and I met while playing Pokemon Go tonight
  • an elderly couple on bicycles who asked us if we were geocaching (we told them we were)
  • a guy who leaned out of the window of his car as he drove past, shouting “CATCH THEM AAAAALLLL”
  • a girl on a bike going in the opposite direction from us; our conversation was limited to “Pokemon?” “Pokemon.”
  • a mom (who said she liked the app for the exercise) and her 7-year-old daughter (who told us that she was going to catch every Pokemon); we talked with them for about five minutes and showed them how to evolve the ones they’d caught (the little girl was super-excited about Eevee, who was her favorite)
  • a guy on a skateboard who moved past us while we were trying to log back on; we had a brief conversation about our mutual server issues and he told us that he’d seen us last night in the park on the other side of town (where we’d done our previous expedition)
  • a group of four or five bro-types seated on a curb across from a church, clustered around the lure-module’d PokeStop
  • a young couple in a car who drove through the church parking lot blaring the Pokemon theme song from their radio (the church in question was large enough to have three PokeStops along the parking lot)
  • two teenage boys headed in the same general direction as we were, who were thankful when we told them there was a Nidoran in the area