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The Open Road Project exists to spread kindness and meet the needs of strangers. We travel in a 1979 GMC Vanguard named Lily. These are our stories.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Spring Cleaning in December

Every trip requires a little bit of preparation. Due to the last minute nature of this adventure, the four of us have spent the past 3 days running around trying to make sure that we will be ready for our winter excursion. Purchases from Outdoors Oriented, rummaging through our basements for camping equipment and asking our Facebook networks for snowshoes has defined the past 72 hours. This time around, we have been kind to our snack budget, and have made some delectable dried treats, including dried apples, bananas and Torpedo Jerky (our new specialty).

Sorels. Good to -40 and then some.
Jamie working the dehydrator, like a champ.

Today, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lily, giving her the final clean before we leave. It's always fun finding trinkets and souvenirs from our past travels, and today was no exception. Reading through our guest book is always a joy, and I even found the golden hood ornament that we failed to install in Quebec. Old parking/driving violations also turned up during the clean up, but quickly found a home in the garbage. I'm pretty sure one of us paid The New Jersey Turnpike Association...

While searching through this stuff was fun, there were also some things in the cupboards I would have rather not come across. All I will say is that The Open Road Project has truly tested the term "non-perishable" and has come out with a victory, whether we wanted it or not. There were things that should have been found a home in the garbage well before we even left for our last trip out east in May...

If there is one thing I know, it's that winter is different from summer. This fact naturally calls for different preparations. We now have a new new additions to the interior of Lily, including a nice runner to keep our feet off the cold ground, a welcoming floor mat for snowy shoes and boots and a cozy basket of slippers. My mother also put together some great shoe boxes filled with various items including some warm winter gear, granola bars and a few toiletries for us to give away to any cold friends we may meet along the way. It was crazy going through our closets and finding all of the old coats and sweaters we don't wear anymore. Got two coats? Give one away! It seems rather logical to me, so hopefully we find good opportunities to find this stuff a new home.

All of our regular traveling necessities including a spare battery, jumper cables, generator, Jerry-can gas reserve, extra oil and a jug of kerosene, are all neatly stowed away in their proper places. It feels good to be ready, and it feels good to be heading back on the road!

Warm feet: essential.

Lily's new, classy rug.

Selfies are running rampant these days. Someone must stop this. At least I found a neat hat.
I could hardly be more excited for tomorrow, especially since New Years Day tends to be one of the most boring of the year, in my opinion. Come 08:00, we will officially be in trip mode ready for whatever adventure lies ahead!

Home is where you park it,
The Boys

Post by Jeremy Enns

Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's About Time!

Hello once again, faithful readers! It's about time we got back on the ol' blogosphere, and why not return with some exciting news?

Without further ado, we are honoured, delighted, excited, even behooved (imagine that!) to announce that The Open Road Project will be ringing in the New Year with our first ever winter excursion. We (Jamie, Dylan, Jordan and Jeremy) are heading out on a winter camping trip in West Virginia that is sure to be a chilling time. Along the way, we hope to share some meals with strangers, give out some warm clothes during this cold season and perhaps do some rogue driveway shoveling where we see the need.

We will depart during the wee morning hours of the 1st and drive for most of the day. Our exotic destination is called the mighty Spruce Knob. Not only is the name hilarious, but this dream destination holds a plethora of mountain milestones, and is one of the most prominent "peaks" east of the Mississippi River. Exciting stuff. You will  hear more about The Knob in the coming posts.

This evening, we took dear Lily down to the local Coffee Shoppe, Tim Hortons, caught up with each other and dreamt about the coming adventures. We are super stoked to get away for a few days, find our inner hunter/gatherer and relax before we head back to school and work.

Stay tuned; we will be updating the blog as we go.

Lily lookin' good as ever.
"It's great. It's us." - Dylan Hamm