Countdown. . . Two Days

Interior rear view.  Lots of room in back to stash gear.  That carpet looks awfully clean. . . 

We're almost there.  

The team at Sportsmobile is furiously putting the final touches on the van.  

On Tuesday, they pick us up at the airport in Fresno and take us straight to the facility for a 5 hour orientation on how all the systems work.  It better be more of an indoctrination, with lots of easy to follow instructions.  

Built in cabinets and fridge, with microwave up top.  Those unfinished benches in front will be leather upholstered and act as either individual beds or push together for a larger bed.  

It's well known that I am the least mechanical person in the world, and I don't think that Kelly is much better.  She doesn't know how to use jumper cables.  I can see us mixing up the sewage drain with the fresh water input, or something similarly disastrous.  

The pop up top - Sportsmobile's signature feature.  

We got a few pics from Nick at Sportsmobile showing the final stages of the build.

I think the bottom photo is older, before the four wheel drive system was installed, so it should be jacked up quite a bit.  

On Wednesday we're going to take the beast out into King's Canyon National Park and test out the four wheel drive.  There's a Sportsmobile forum at http://www.sportsmobileforum.com that's been incredibly helpful suggesting places to go.  The forum is a group of like minded, outdoorsy people who love camping and adventure.  

In fact, there's another couple who picked up their Sportsmobile for their honeymoon and took off wandering like we're planning to do.  They sent fantastic photos and maps of a hard to get spot up a mountain by an abandoned fire tower.  We're going to be there soon.  

Thanks to Laura and Geoff for sending us some good vibes and inspiration.  You should check out their travel blog at www.octopup.com.       

Thanks to Laura and Geoff for sending us some good vibes and inspiration.  You should check out their travel blog at www.octopup.com.