Melcul CCP a avut prima expeditie reusita! // We took the PCC snail to the road and it rols!

[English version below]
Dupa mai multe experiente nu tocmai satisfacatoare cu gradul limitat de interventie si control asupra automobilelor de generatie mai noua, combinate cu defectiuni care par sa confirme teoria “planned obsolescence”, ne-am hotarat sa facem urmatorul pas in downshifting si ne-am luat un microbuz Volkswagen Transporter din 1981, care a mers deja peste jumatate de milion de kilometri si inca merge struna.
L-am modificat in buna traditie DIY din transportor de persoane in casa pe roti, asa ca avem un melc pe roti, cu cochilie cu tot.  E cel portocaliu cu crem, primul din sir, aici in campingul de la Batak, la EuPC 214.
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Experienta pregatirii lui pentru noua viata a fost una intensa si plina de lectii. Am izolat fonic si termic intregul corp al masinii, am retapitati si refacut panourile interioare cu motive traditionale romanesti, am confectionat o canapea extensibila si un dulap cu mai multe compartimente pentru o viitoare bucatarie mobila si am revizuit putin si partea rulanta – motor, suspensii, directie, frane, samd. Trebuie spus ca masinile astea sunt niste minunatii in ceea ce priveste economia constructiei, fiabilitatea si durabilitatea: nu sunt pe ele lucruri in plus, suruburi inaccesibile, piese de plastic care sunt confectionate ca sa se rupa cand le scoti pentru interventii, electronica complicata care sa necesite PhD si un laborator mobil pentru a putea identifica defectiunile, ce mai, e o masina pe care o putem repara si noi insine, cu niste chei si un pic de “elbow-grease” :D.

Masina a fost chiar ieftina, cam un sfert din pretul pe care speram sa il obtinem pe mofturoasa masina de oras moderna pe care am achizitionat-o intr-un leasing lung cat China (5 ani am platit la ea, cu un pret si o dobanda la care privind in urma, ne doare sufletul ca nu i-am investit mai bine in gradinarit urban sau dezvoltare comunitara). Nu este perfecta, nu are confort modern, nu merge peste 100 la ora, dar e geniala chiar asa cum e ea.

Dupa 2 saptamani de lucru intens, cu intarzierile de rigoare fata de data planificata pentru plecarea in marea aventura a acestei veri, pe 25.07 dimineata la 4, melcul nostru a luat in piept drumurile patriei, cu directia Sud. Intentia noastra initiala era sa plecam prin 22 sau 23 mai intai la Convergenta Nationala de Permacultura de la Ulmoasa, dar datorita intarzierilor in transformarea melcului, ne-am multumit sa o luam direct spre Convergenta Europeana de Permacultura din Bulgaria, de la Batak. Drumul spre bulgari a fost lung, dar am invatat multe in legatura cu downshiftingul: am reparat masina de 3 ori pe drum, o data am schimbat alternatorul la Sebes, cu unul cumparat pe maruntis la dezmembrari auto, alta data am aflat cum se leaga firele electrice pe motor rupte de la senzorii de temperatura, presiune la ulei si pompa de injectie, pe urma am schimbat o curea la numitul alternator si in principal, am invatat sa il tratam cu respect si cu grija pe batranul melc care ne-a purtat cu abnegatie in tot parcursul asta:

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Am facut 2500km cu o masina nou cumparata, veche de 33 de ani, fara sa avem probleme grave, in conditii de confort la care nu ne-am fi asteptat ( am dormit imparateste in casuta melcului toti 3, adica noi doi si Negrut, care a avut cu acesta ocazie prima excursie la mare, prima plimbare cu masina pe asa distanta si primele nopti dormite in masina, dupa doi ani in care s-a plimbat in portbagajul unei masini cu 3 usi) si un cost financiar extraordinar de accesibil. Spre exemplu, ziua de camping pe malul marii langa Kavalla, Grecia a fost 14 euro cu niste conditii exemplare la baie si plaja. Recomandam in sensul asta pe Maria de la Camping Alexandros, o gazda minunata si saritoare pentru clientii ei.

Intoarcerea a fost la fel de plina de evenimente placute, am vazut Olimpul grecilor de la poale si am simtit magia care l-a facut pe Alexandru Macedon sa isi stabileasca tabara militara la Dion, la poalele muntelui, am vizitat Niceea lui Constantin cel Mare, astazi Nis, Serbia si am facut baie in statiunea termala cu iz yugoslav a la Tito de la Niska Banja, ne-am intalnit prietenii de la Stanciova pentru o dupamasa calda si o lubenita sarbeasca cumparata la Pancevo, si ca un finis coronat iter, am petrecut o zi magica in comunitatea European Rainbow Gathering de la Sacuieu, judetul Cluj.

Desigur, toata excursia asta s-a desfasurat sub semnul melcului, ca de aia suntem downshifteri, si ca atare am mers incet si am poposit si odihnit in orice loc frumos de pe drum care ne-a facut cu ochiul. Ne gandim serios sa incepem o caravana nationala cu melcul pentru a arata si altora cum se poate face si cu ce beneficii pentru practicanti un asemenea fel de a calatori.

Dar asta probabil mai in  toamna, dupa intoarcerea din urmatoarea expeditie a melcului, care va fi la Leipzig, in Septembrie, la conferinta internationala de Degrowth unde mergem sa prezentam Casa de Cultura Permanenta ca model de descrestere urbana.

 

[English version]

After several unsatisfying experiences with the limited degree of intervention and control over newer generation cars combined with faults that seem to confirm the theory of “Planned obsolescence“, we decided to make the next step in downshifting and we bought a 1981 Volkswagen Transporter minibus, which has already gone over half a million kilometers and it’s still going smoothly.
I changed in the good tradition of DIY the bus into a motorhome, so we have a snail on wheels, with shell and all. It’s the orange cream, the first in the row here in the Batak camping at EuPC 214.


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The experience of preparing the bus for it’s new life was an intense one and full of lessons. I soundproofed and thermal entire body of the car, I refitted and rebuilt the interior panels with Romanian traditional motifs, we made ​​a sofa bed and a closet with several compartments for the future mobile kitchen and we reviewed a little the engine, suspension, steering, brakes, a.s.o. It must be said that these cars are some wonders in terms of efficiency, reliability and durability: they are no extra things, inaccessible screws, plastic parts are made to break when you remove them for the interventions, complicated electronics that require a PhD and a mobile laboratory to identify the faults,  a car that we can fix ourselves, with some wrenches and a bit of elbowgrease”: D.

The car was very cheap, about a quarter of the price that we hope to get the picky modern city car that we bought througha long lease (5 years we paid the price and interest, which now it hurts my heart that we did not rather invest in urban gardening and community development).It’s  not perfect,  it doesn’t have not modern comfort, it does not go over 100 per hour, but it’s brilliant as she is.

After two weeks of intense work with the customary delays to the planned date of departure  in the great adventure of the summer, on the 25.07.2014 at 4am our snail took our country roads heading South. Our initial plan was to go first to the National Permaculture Convergence at Ulmoasa, but due to delays in converting the bus, we were happy to take it directly to European Permaculture Convergence in Bulgaria, in Batak. The trip to Bulgaria was long, but we learned a lot about downshifting: we fixed the car 3 times on the road, once we changed the alternator in Sebes, bought one on small change in a small auto dismantling shop, another time I learned how to bind  broken electric lines to the  motor temperature sensors, oil pressure gauge  and fuel injection pump, then we changed the said alternator’s belt and mainly, we learned to treat our old snail with respect and care, and it took us with dedication in this tour:

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We did a 2500km tour in a new bought car, 33 years old, without having any serious problems, in terms of comfort which we had not dreamed of (we  slept like kings all the 3 of us, we 2 and Negruts, who had his first trip to the sea, the first car ride on such long trip  and the first nights slept in the car, after two years in which he travelled in the trunk of a small 3 doors car) and a tremendously affordable  financial cost. For example, camping on the seashore near Kavala, Greece was 14 euro with some excellent bathroom and beach facillities. We warmly recommend you  Mary of Camping Alexandros, a wonderful host.

The return was as full of pleasant events, we saw the Greek Olympus mountain and felt the magic that made ​​Alexander the Great  to establish his military camp in Dion, at the foot of the mountain, we visited Nicaea of Constantine the Great, today Nis in Serbia and we took a bath in thermal “a la Tito’s Yugoslavian”  Niska Banja, we met friends from Stanciova over a warm afternoon and a sweet watermelon bought in Serbian Pancevo, and as a coronation to our trip, we spent a magical day in the European Rainbow Gathering at Sacuieu, Cluj County.

Of course, all this trip developed under the snails sign, ’cause we are downshifters, right?, and as such we rode slow and we stopped and rested nicely on the road anywhere we whimmed. We are pondering on starting a nationwide caravan to show the how to’s and the benefits of this way of travel.

But that probably be in the fall, after returning from next expedition with the snail, which will be in Leipzig, in September, at the International Conference on Degrowth, where  we go to present the Permanent Culture Club as a model of urban degrowth.

 

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