Truckster’s Desert Trek

On Monday, John and I began the final leg of this summer’s Great American Road Trip. I flew out to San Diego over the weekend to take the reins from Steph who is headed to New York to begin her career in advertising. I’ve traded my desk chair for the Truckster’s driver’s seat to accompany John on this 1,300 mile journey back to HomeAway HQ in Austin, TX.

Sand dunes in SoCal

Sand dunes in SoCal


The trip turned out to be quite an adventure! The first day we experienced multiple border checkpoints and saw some of the most breathtaking scenery through the deserts and mountains of Southern California and Arizona.
Sandstorms---very dangerous!

Sandstorms---very dangerous!


After a long day of driving, we stopped to grab a bite to eat in our destination of Tucson and had the unfortunate occurrence of a dead Truckster. It wouldn’t start! We all know the Grisowlds had their own maintenance issues in Arizona but we promise we didn’t fly the Truckster 50 yards off a cliff!
Skiing anyone?

Skiing anyone?

With unsuccessful attempts at jump-starting the Truckster, AAA was quick to the rescue and informed us that the solenoid on the starter was malfunctioning…solendoid?…sounds like something on the space shuttle. The coolest part of this unfortunate ordeal was that John and I learned a nifty trick, how to hotwire the Truckster.

Check out this video of John demonstrating the use of our new key to the ignition, a Swiss Army knife.

Mechanics are like Truckster doctors

Mechanics are like Truckster doctors

The next day, instead of creating suspicion to everyone observing us starting the Truckster in the future, we had the solenoid replaced and were on our way to Fort Davis, TX for pit stop number two on the way home.

After that long ordeal, it was very rewarding to rest our heads in this lovely Tucson vacation rental. Huge beds and a huge TV can cure any day’s woes.

Tomorrow, we complete the journey to Austin!

-Adam

Beached Truckster on Road Trip…

We headed to Pensacola, FL today to celebrate National Donut Day, but we weren’t sure if we were ever going to make it out!  The Truckster died after stopping at TK101 fm so we had to wait it out with nothing to eat…except donuts of course.   Since we had so much time on our hands, we did an interview with Candy from TK101.  You can find her here with her picture getting out of the Truckster.  She was a HUGE fan and I’m told is a movie buff!  She hasn’t posted the interview yet, but hopefully it will be up soon.

waiting with the Truckster

Truckster bonds with AAA

The Truckster came to life just as we polished off a dozen donuts (perfect timing) and we headed down the Gulf Coast to Panama City’s Friday Fest where we introduced some locals to the famous mobile.  The party was going well with great music and everyone was playing frisbee with our stunning Homeaway.com discs until it began to pour and came to an early ending.

We went and grabbed some soul food at a local restaurant called Po’ Folks and I discovered that you can fry catfish with the bones still in tact.  Don’t worry, I’ve picked all the bones out of my teeth and will be able to chat with fans about the Truckster again tomorrow when we head to Orlando!