Reading through Betty’s Twitter feed on Tuesday, an unusual tweet jumped out. We hadn’t seen the Adventure Overland Show advertised anywhere before, it sounded exciting and as we had nothing planned for the weekend and it wasn’t too far away we decided to visit.
We don’t consider Betty Bus to be an overland vehicle by any means, she once had to be towed out of a flat grass field and she certainly couldn’t outrun a lion, so when we arrived at the campsite on Friday evening we were pleasantly surprised to see a great many campervans there as well as the more traditional kind of overland vehicles that we’d been expecting. We ended up being surrounded by other VWs, maybe the marshals thought we’d want to be together? Safety in numbers and all that.
Lots of interesting stuff at the show and we got ourselves a tripod to hang our Dutch oven from. We dropped by the Campervan Culture stand to meet the people behind the videos and chatted with Jed about wild camping for a while, an interesting and helpful guy and we love his whole approach to camping.
One of the presentations that we wanted to attend was Simon Jaratt‘s session about his adventures in a van very much like Betty Bus and we spent quite some time chatting with him afterwards over a cup of tea, about his travels and about his van. Simon happily shared his knowledge with us about living in a small van long term. It’s useful to know what sort of punishment our little vans can take. It’s also great to know that we’re not the only ones who get stuck in flat grass fields!
While chatting with Simon, we were introduced to Joe, an inspirational young lad who’s driving his Mini to Nordkapp in January. The plan seems like madness, but after talking with him you can tell he’s thought it through and knows his stuff. Good luck Joe, we’ll be following your blog for sure.