After a lot more working on the bus than we originally thought we'd need to do, we finally took our first voyage on Labor Day weekend. We had a few hitches on the way over while trying to devise a method of getting veggie oil into our veggie tank and eventually ended up in a parking lot in Manchester, VT with a three-foot piece of hose attached to the end of a funnel and a cubie (the large plastic container veggie oil often comes in). Jori especially was relieved to have a full tank. After roughly 330 miles of road and 27 gallons of fry oil we made it to Moedown held in Turin, NY.
Moedown is essentially a big party. Everyone gets together for three days and nights of music, dancing, camping, frisbee playing, etc. Among the bands we heard were: Strangefolk, Medeski,Martin, Wood ,and Schofield, Perry Farrel (formerly of Janes Addiction and a rather interesting character), Meat Puppets, Moon Boot Lover, and of course Moe. We had a great time and were happy to return to our bus and get warm each night after the music.
The trip home was pleasantly uneventful and the route offered exactly the sort of scenic drive that we hope to be doing lots of on our trip. We stopped at a few restaurants along the way in attempt to gather some oil and discovered that they all save it for someone already. This confirmed some of our suspicions that the veggie oil thing may have caught on a bit since we started discussing this trip a couple of years ago. We might have to be a bit more creative and spend a bit more time looking for fuel....or maybe we'll just start selling french fries out the side door of the bus!!