Oh man. I put off getting a safety inspection for the van, finally got it done yesterday. My trusty little hamster van needs $1700 worth of work! I’d finally managed to bring my credit card balance back to almost zero, and was proud to be starting my journey with a bit of a money cushion; now I’m going with a fully racked-up visa, and an IOU to my mom!

Car trouble is tricky when your car is your home. In Vancouver it’s not such a big deal for me; I have lots of places to crash if they need to keep the car for more than a day. But if something were to happen on the road or in Halifax, I wonder if they’d let me sleep in the car inside the shop???