Road to Radness: The Slumber Queen has awoken

Road to Radness: The Slumber Queen has awoken

After years of pushing the limits of our weekend living space in compact, stealth and repurposed vehicles for our sleeping solutions we finally broke the mold, or maybe added some mold? With a classic “go nowhere fast” 1988 Toyota Slumber Queen Motorhome. It’s modestly under-gutted 4 cylinder 22re engine adds fuel economy and the ability to be a traveling traffic jam up any hill while the living space has the appeal of a cat lady’s apartment abandoned and dusty with drapery and country wall paper decor of jars and flowers and useless reminders of the dull Martha Stuart 80’s vision of interior design. The once proud party wagon of a gay couple still sporting their initials on the doors, an eastern block mechanic, and school teacher, there are some stories best not thought of when sleeping in the camper before the great clean.  All cosmetics and ageist bias’s aside the RV life fits us well. Load up the leftovers from the week, a weekends worth of dirt jump gear and ready for our first urban camping adventure at the Air Rec Center, a local indoor bike park who scheduled a few dirt jams.

The camper and it’s diamond in the rough appeal was shadowed for the weekend by a few new friends, re-entering a childhood hobby for Ben and a new set of skills for Heather. With a humbling last for Heather in the dirt jump jam, you can’t feel too bad when the 12 year-olds are throwing bar spins and 360s in almost every run.  Heather had a good time in the casual and inviting non-competitive nature of the jam which was followed by a prize toss, a bbq, and more riding.

After some minor whiplash and Ben showing off his amateur photography skills, we sat back and watched the show as the future of riders learn all their tricks before they learn fear and consequence. There is a lot of bagging on the millennials but for a bunch of overly talented polite kids with stickers staying “do kinds things, ride or die” I’m inclined to say the kids are alright. All in all, we have nearly doubled our living space between the RV and the boat, the biking world continues to be a super fun crowd and air bags remain the most likely place for Ben to get hurt.