Beach Meet Ups – Saying Hi to Mike Hudson (and his van!)

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100 Feet behind you down the road you’ve just driven is perhaps a somewhat less than ideal position for a van’s brake pads to be found, or so we discovered whilst driving around the Pelopennese, Greece, in April this year. Still, what could have been a disaster was instead resolved quickly, and easily, by a couple of super friendly mechanics at a tiny gas station. Soon we were back to snaking along the coast; the sea a sheet of crinkled silver, roads lined with gnarled olive trees and abundant lemon groves. the island’s hills were a springtime patchwork of deep green, dotted with tiny stone houses wrapped in the shade of overgrown wisteria trellises.

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We were heading north, to meet up with our friend Mike Hudson, creator of the website vandogtraveller.com and proud owner of a self-converted LDV Convoy, his home for what had been, then, just over a year.

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We followed the jade coast further, the earth around us a warm copper, dozens of crumbling ruins greeting us on nearly every corner, feathered blue thistles and near transparent wild poppies decorating our dash. we crossed the Rion-Antirion cable bridge over the gulf of Corinth, and found Mike in the town of Antirrio.

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Naturally, we headed to the beach, where we explored eachother’s vans, cooked a meal of coconut spinach pasta, falafel and hummus, and camped.

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Mike’s van features a pressurised hot and cold water system, a 200w solar charging set-up, LED lights, a shower, hammock, pull out bed and fridge.

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Mike was behind some of the inspiration for our very own van plan, with his detailed conversion posts and electrical know-how, and it was super fun to get to see a van we’d watched turn from a ten year old work van into a beautiful, cosy, home, for real, on a pebble beach somewhere in northern greece.

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Mike is carving out his own path in life, he’s heading everywhere, and we think he’s incredible for doing so!

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You can check out Mike’s recap of our meet-up on his fantastic website, here.

Here’s our flickr album of the meet-up.

One Comment

  1. great to follow your adventure, im in the middle of converting my long wheelbase high top iveco and looking forward to getting on the road.

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