K.C. Sherwood once said “The hardest part is getting started”. I hope that is true, because getting started has been a long, twisted road of setbacks and road blocks, and we haven’t even hit the road yet!

But, we have now overcome one of the biggest hurdle we need to do this project.


Tracy drives the van for the first time!

When we decided to hit the road and find amazing Sero Stories from all over North America, our only thought is that we needed a camper van to accomplish that. We narrowed it down and started looking for 1987-1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia’s. After months of saving money and searching for the right one, everything finally came into alignment.

She has no name yet, but we have ended up with a 1991 Westy. She tops out at 100km/h thanks to her powerful 2.1L engine and 4 speed manual transmission. We take ownership of her at the young distance of just 355,000km (on her second engine).

John behind the wheel!

John behind the wheel!

The Westy sleeps 4 (2 upstairs and 2 downstairs) and also features a 2 burner propane stove, sink with 40L water reserve and a 3 way fridge. The pop top allows us to stand up and it even has a office/dinner room thanks to the pull out tables. Both front seats flip around, allowing for 5 people to sit in the living room (although 3 on the back bench is a squeeze).

We have lots of work to do to her to make it our home. We have found a great resource and store called GoWesty based out of California. Our Wish List has already $1000 in parts and accessories, and that is just the start. We will also be looking for front and rear trailer hitches to add a bike rack and hitch mountain cargo box.

The GoWesty wishlist seems to have added up quickly!

The GoWesty wishlist seems to have added up quickly!

We would also love to have her painted if we can come up with the funds, or find a paint shop to sponsor the project. We predict painting will be about $3500.


The van we hope for with a little paint and decals! Fingers crossed!

The van we hope for with a little paint and decals! Fingers crossed!

Finally, we need a name for her. Please comment with your suggestions on our Facebook Page!

Regardless, we have lots left on our project startup to-do list, but we are super excited and can’t wait to share  our story.

RainDog enjoys the view from the van...likely watching a squirrel.

RainDog enjoys the view from the van…likely watching a squirrel.

See you on the road/trail/river/mountain,

John, Tracy and Rain




  1. Mary Byrnes Reply June 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Can’t wait to follow your adventures! Good luck!

    • John Reply June 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Lots of work to do before we hit the road, but we are pretty excited!

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