Packing the car and leaving. Chillbillies getting on the road to Nicaragua.

We’re getting ready to leave, everything has to be packed and cleaned. The house is about to have some strangers move in and we’ve got to get out.

Like all great journeys the real hard work is before you leave. To get the car ready I built a sleeping platform box for our Honda Element, purchased a Thule rooftop box and an ARB awning, to give us some shade while camping. I had yet to install the entire setup until the night before our departure. Our Chillbillies motto is: be vaguely prepared, man.

In the first leg of our trip, we’ll be driving from Los Angeles to NY state, where we will be staying a month in the Catskill Mountains.

4 days before departing Los Angeles.

With 4 days to go everything seems to be falling into place.

3 days before departing Los Angeles.

Cleaning and putting everything in its place.

2 days before departing Los Angeles.

My friend Matt drops by to help with packing our Thule rooftop box.

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Pack’n and chat’n.
Thule Summit
The Thule box as full as I could possibly make it.

1 day before departing Los Angeles.

Driving to pick up my new surfboard from Evolved Surfboards.

Evolved Surfboards
THE boards, together at last!
Honda Element with camping equipment.
First install of our complete setup finished late at night.

Departing Los Angeles.

We leave, but only as far as Huntington Beach. I return my surfboard because it’s too big.

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A few moments before we leave, saying goodbye to our home for 9-months or so.
Evolved Surfboards in Huntington Beach
Waiting for my surfboard problems to remedy themselves in in a Huntington Beach park.

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