After the recent fire curtailed my european road trip and destroyed my camper along with everything inside, it seems strange and slightly disconcerting to once again, be back at the starting point with my adventure with VW camper vans. I still feel there are many miles out there on the roads that are to be travelled, places I still really want to go to. Yes there are other modes of transport or ways of getting there, but none quite like a vintage Volkswagen split screen camper van!
Some will get this, others won’t. I can’t really explain it, as on oh so many practical levels, it really does not make any sense! I’ve gone through various highs and lows since the fire. I’ve questioned whether or not to even get another vintage camper.
I’ve had some time to reflect on the accident and loss of the camper. On some days you question yourself, have I ‘done’ the whole camper thing already, is it time to just move on from it all? Get a ‘sensible’ car, and take ‘proper’ planed out package holidays?
Would I simply be better off moving on and maybe getting a very practical, modern T4 Westfalia California TDi camper? I know my wife would think this is the ‘sensible’ thing to do, and I cannot fault her logic on that, as she is 100% right! However, maybe I’m just not at that point, or maybe I’m just not that grown up and sensible yet!
I guess it’s always been about the journey and not the destination for me. Not just in the physical sense of travelling in the camper, but in the actual journey of the ownership of the camper itself. There were bound to be high and low points in the journey, and this most definitely was a massive low point in the journey. However, it is just that, a small, yet painful point within the bigger context of the sense of journey, and the journey continues on…