I settled the reservations for the "end cap" nights at the beginning and end of our trip to Dublin-Belfast-Iceland next month. We will once again use the Millbrae El Rancho Inn's "park-sleep-fly" rates, which amount to paying roughly $30/day for parking, but getting two hotel nights thrown for the night before we leave and the night we get back. This still comes out cheaper than most of the ways we'd be likely to do the trip if we stayed at lower-priced hotel but paid for parking separately. It's also still less expensive than other arrangements like flying from Reno (we'd still have to pay to park there) or leaving the van with someone who would let us use their space (logistics of getting to/from SFO are not good). And having those relatively close in hotel stays with an included airport shuttle is good for us, too.
We were considering seeing if my old mechanic in Fremont would take the Astro for a top-to-bottom inspection and tune up as long as he could hold on to it for the 20 days we'll be gone; unfortunately, it appears that after many years in business, he has decided to close shop. He was a very good mechanic and one whom I could trust, but I recall the last time he did work on the van that he was looking to change careers, so I hope things have done well for him. Current Mood: accomplished