Monday, 16 January 2017
I talked before about how I'd taken down a jerry can but decided against filling it as I wasn't sure how comfortable I was with managing the can full of gas in the heat for the week.
Thinking about the van and the trip is something that unfortunately fills my mind when my mind wants to run with stress, most usually at night when I'm trying to fall asleep. So the other night, I was trying to calm my upset worried mind about the trip and I was remembering the stress of not knowing about my gas situation (and how much less stressful that was than dealing with the noise of doom and the feeling that the van itself was falling apart under me) and then I had one of those "a ha" moments that I have no idea why I'd not thought of it at the time.
I could have filled the jerry can, and then instead of having it sit for the week, I could have poured it into the van as soon as I got there (or somewhere on the road there since I wouldn't want to risk accidentally dripping onto the environmentally sensitive playa) and not worried about it being in the plastic thing in the heat all week or stinking up the interior of my van. DUDE!
Seriously. It felt like this major breakthrough. Why did I not think of this before? Fill the can. Put gas into tank once some has been used up, don't worry so much about running out of gas because HAVE MORE!!!!!
The whole reason I didn't fill the jerry can is that I didn't want to worry about it either being inside my sleeping area or being outside in the sun and heat! I mean, I know that it probably would have been ok, Sarah kept a jerry can under her car most of the week last year and had no concerns. I'd talked to her and she'd said it would be fine under shade but it was just one other thing I didn't want to add to my already massive list of things I wasn't sure about and was worried about so I just didn't do it.
But now? If I go again in a vehicle where we are worried about gas? Fill the can! Fill it! And top up the tank and not worry about the jerry can in the heat! YAY!
I mean... it might not make ALL that much off a difference... but sometimes just that extra bit can help get you there without that anxiousness of running on fumes.
So yeah. Night time brain had a smart! Good job brain!