Granny-Anne and I have acquired a new toy. “But that’s a van!” I hear you exclaim. “How did that happen?” Well, it’s a complicated story.
A year ago, having lived quite contentedly without any sort of motor vehicle for about 18 months, it was becoming apparent that a car was needed, if not particularly wanted. No affordable modern car succeeded in firing my enthusiasm so I bought a 40-year-old Morris 1000 Traveller and a conspicuously fine example of a Traveller at that.
During the past 11 months the Traveller has covered 2000 miles, on trips to local shops and hospitals and on one excursion to Devon and back. Apart from a couple of small problems within days of taking delivery it has performed faultlessly. So why the van?
Well Granny-Anne and I were obliged to remain at home for a year (apart from one short holiday) by the number and frequency of my hospital appointments. Now, with all that behind us, the spirit of adventure is awakening and we want to go touring – and with the freedom to avoid relying on hotels and restaurants. What’s more we have form. Many years ago we had some great day trips and longer holidays in a Type 2 VW Camper (the “Bay Window” version), and an earlier Type 1 conveyed me on numerous long journeys across England and Wales, destroying clutch cables as it did so, yet managing to get me home without one (usually in the early hours of the morning), the miserable six-volt lighting severely testing my night vision. Quite simply, despite all its merits the Morris is too small to contain a cooker, fridge, sink with running water, beds for four, TV and DVD etc. plus other facilities including an awning. It is time to revive our campervan ambitions and I cannot justify owning two vehicles.
I doubt that this is a good time of year to sell a car so I may not advertise the Traveller for a while though I will post more pictures here quite soon, just for the record.
Meanwhile, the next time it stops raining I will post more pictures of the VW.