Peter’s Paragliding Nomadness

Peter’s New 1991 Romahome, Andorra, April 16, 2007

The dream of living life on the open road has been with me as long as I can remember. Growing up in the sixties, I watched with envy as hippies painted daisies on their psychedelic VW buses and drove off into the sunset in search of peace and freedom. At that time, I chose a different path.

Every morning is the beginning of the rest of your life. This morning, I have decided that I want to live this dream now, buy a very small camper, and drive off in search of the best paragliding sites in Europe.

I had never even heard of a Romahome until I discovered this one for sale in Andorra. It seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. It is small - with the footprint of a large car, it fits in a normal parking space. It runs on diesel, which costs less than petrol in Europe and it consumes as little as 5l/100km (50 mpg), which is great fuel efficency. It is equipped with the basic necessities for living on the road, running water, a fridge, and a cookstove with a grill. It has more storage space than most small campers, and some large ones, so it has room for my paraglider and everything else I need to carry with me.

A price was negotiated and in March, the Romahome was mine. In early April I arrived in Andorra and spent a little over a week checking out the various systems, cleaning, and preparing for my trip by buying bedding, pillows and a few odds and ends.

The weather had been unsettled with lots of rain and even a bit of snow, but finally, on April 16, the skies cleared and it looked like a great day to hit the road.

Organyà, Spain

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