Stuck in SAC


Okay, so today’s post is unlike any other post in history, because today, my glorious MPV died.  Literally. On Highway 80 heading east bound. This sucks.  I dropped Lydia off at the airport in San Fransisco, I grabbed a Blue Bottle Coffee and hit the highway, made to Davis California, and shiiiicknat.  Got towed to Sacramento California, mechanic dude found shredded bits of my timing belt under the hood.  And it all went downhill from there.

I’m supposed to be in Salt Lake City by the 20th for the Trade Show.  I have three options.

1. Scrap my mazda in the morning for used parts and – Fly with ALL my shit for $350.00, not including, but including three duffel bags, two crash pads an 80 liter BD bag with two racks of gear and two ropes, plus my cooking gear, my camera gear, my laptop and a longboard,  all of which I brought down for a week in Bishop after the show.

2. Scrap my mazda in the morning for used parts and – Rent a full size car for a $150.00 and load all my stuff inside and drive one way 9 hours and drop it off in SLC.  Then, try to find a way home, or to Bishop, or both, yet, still with all my stuff.

3.  Scrap my mazda in the morning for used parts and – Buy a new/used van (limit $6000.00) here in Sacramento tomorrow, if not for the transportation, but for the sheer fun and excitement of spontaneity, and drive to the trade show, then down to Bishop as planned, then home, where I’ll import the vehicle, pay the horrendous HST, and register it in BC.

Here’s what I’m looking at in my price range, ain’t she a beauty?  Craigslist. 39,000K miles? 1991. 20 years old. CLASSIC.

and here are two, hilarious, albeit creepy, weirdo video’s of two FORD E-150 owners, clearly proud of their well cared for rides.  I’m pretty sure the first guy has a porn mag on his back seat, around the 3 min mark.  classic.

  • dpg

    im pretty sure, this is the best post yet!

  • dude do your self a favor and get a Toyota Previa. It’s everything you loved about your MPV and much more, plus chances are it will never die on you.

  • Nathan

    Buy the van! The other two options sound horrible, do it.

  • Neel

    I’ll tell ya what… because i’m a stand up guy, i’ll take that 80L BD bag full of gear off your hands.

    I vote #3.

    I guess you’ll have to update this:

  • Eric

    Buy the van! Or at least go check it out (and have a shop inspect too). Although, while being spontaneous kicks ass, and I indulge in the art of it quite often myself, importing a vehicle into Canada can be a pain in the ass (i’ve had a few friends do it, and during the importing process the vehicle has to spend one full day in the states, which logistically is a pain).
    Doing the car thing, and then doing a slightly less impulsive van buy in Canada could be awesome too.
    All in all, buy a van!

  • will

    those vans look sketchy, i’ll give you a ride if you make it to slc.


  • Danny

    Aww Yea, Big Will coming to the rescue, good man. I’d give you a ride if I were out there Sonnie.

    Nothing more spontaneous than throwing out a thumb and catching a ride with large Marge…. just hide your gear until they say yes..

    Hope the van situation works out for the best.

    San Francisco pictures turned out really well.


  • Stray Cat

    Eat. Pray. Hitchhike.

  • Sonnie

    HA, thanks for the tips, laughs, and suggestions everybody, amazing.

    Willy, I think you’re partly right, but as you know, brilliance lies somewhere between sketchy and solid, much like your climbing:)) So who’s to know for sure eh? ha ha!

    I’m here in SLC now, 2:00am and drinking a beer I bought in Nevada to shake off the last 36 hours. Rented a Toyota Prius in the end, 4 door hatchback, (f’n rad cars btw – cost me like $50 in gas to get here from Sac). See y’all tomorrow. Stoked.

  • …enjoy the road ahead!!

    I would like to wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! Your blog is inspiring and full of life, thanks.

    “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” Charles R. Swindoll

    Make the most of the year 2011 and take care,


  • Scott

    Ahhh the sheer thrill of driving an old car on the verge of death…Oh the memories.