After spending almost a month in my old neighborhood, I decided it was time to relocate to a less conspicuous residence. 32-foot long buses are unique in this area of Hoover.
So Sunday afternoon I cranked up and attempted to move 15 miles away. I did not get out of Hoover before the bus almost stalled on the interstate going UPHILL into Birmingham. Turns out, the transmission was 1-1/2 quarts low, which makes it spin and get hot, and not shift, or convert torque to the driveshaft. After a rescue from my brother (thanks Bro!) and a dash of ATF, I was on my way.
I arrived a few minutes later into my friend Kris’s backyard. Shady, quiet, much cooler (Temperature and neighborhood attitude) and after cutting a few limbs, my hostess ran all my grid-tie essentials out to the bus – I LOVE this lady! She cooks every night and feeds me the scraps in a bowl out back (or I dip it myself and sit at the table).
Looks like 2-3 weeks here until I can get some money in the bank, then headed to N. Ga. I am really diggin The Ham this trip?
I was beginning my 2016 adventure in Tennessee, and riding some twisty pavement and awesome dirt highways that crisscrossed the Appalachians for a week. Now I am gathering my wits, slowly polishing the bus to make it livable, and planning the great escape for 2017. The most planning is creating some income in the next few weeks so I can actually MOVE the bus. Gas money is not enough, I need a bit of a buffer in case of repairs (tires, hoses, etc.) and the unknown – which is KNOWN to happen to me on adventure. So the next few weeks will be repairing my bank account, and hopefully devising some consistent method of making income whilst I am travelling.
What a fantastic day, I was so lucky to be able to run around finally on the bike. I just fixed the oil leak the other day, after a few weeks of sitting (riding was low priority), and I discovered how tender my fanny had become from not riding – it happens quickly. After only a few miles I realized what amazing weather it was, I think it was around 65 degrees at 10:30 this morning, and brisk and windy was the standard. Homewood, downtown, then back down to Hoover, and a big backwoods loop to McCalla to pick up some steel…on the scoot. Sure would have liked to spend more time riding but I had a couple projects I needed to finish up, so later in the week?
This is my second lift that I have designed on a bus, but I am having more trouble than usual. I will figure it out, but I am wondering what resources are out there in the wild. What suggestions do you have?
I have been down this road before, so the process went pretty quickly. Surprising how smoothly the process can go when you have the confidence and experience – trial and error zaps your time and energy quickly.
I met a lady at a recent Skoolie Gathering, and suggested she come up to Ebro to get some help with her plumbing, as my method is a quick and easy method. Ten days later she had a new bathroom, shower enclosure, and a fresh-water and grey-water tank hung beneath her her bus. While none of the plumbing was actually functional, time constraints prevented flowing water. It was cool to see someone else getting closer to getting out on the road.
And I finished most of the kitchen and office structure, along with the closet. Finishing them off in the next couple of weeks, with the rest of the bus. Although I could have gotten SOOO much more done, had I not run into so many obstacles(truck brakes, running out of supplies, etc.) I am very pleased with what I have accomplished in the last 10 days.