Who Needs AAA Anyway?

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I have a single pull down bed above the cab of Mander for guests. This became Alice’s bed while she was visiting me in Austin. Once we got back from our Need for Speed ordeal, we settled safely into our beds with hopes of fixing Alice’s truck, Betsy, in the morning.

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Austin’s Nature

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The kind of cities I like, are cities with a good dose of nature mixed in. It just so happens, Austin is that kind of city. The Colorado river and a warm natural spring run through the city. You don’t have to go far to find a place to hike, bike, get on the water or just appreciate the feeling of being surrounded by nature.

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Austin’s Eats

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I’m not a foodie in the traditional sense, but I do care a lot about food. More specifically, the quality of the food. I like to eat whole, organic, simple food and Austin’s food scene was right up my ally.

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Hello Austin!

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I had a hot tip on a place to park Mander in the city. An Instagram buddy, Victorio, said he had stayed there in his van and had no problems. It had promises of being in a safe part of the city, a fun neighborhood and nice level ground. I was a little nervous to drive Mander’s big booty into a bustling city, but I did it anyway.

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Austin or Bust

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I left Tishomingo feeling a little battered and bruised but crazy proud of myself. It was getting close to my birthday and I decided I was going to spend it in Austin, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. With Mander’s new starter, we were sure to get there.

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Tishomingo, OK

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After surfacing from the Ozarks, I relished in the predictability of the Wal-Mart parking lot for a night. I rested up and thought maybe it was time to address Mander’s starting issues. Buster and I thought it was the starting solenoid so I decided to track one down.

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Accidentally Ozarked

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After leaving Wal-Mart, I spent one night in a casino parking lot and then headed for Arkansas. I was debating hitting up the Ozarks but wasn’t sure I wanted to get all up in them. I found a spot I wanted to visit, Natural Dam, and it looked like I could get to it without going through the mountain roads. It would be a long day on the road but it seemed doable. I went for it.  Continue reading