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mobile living How-To’s

Cross-Town Move – an adventure in itself

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?

Montana Folk Festival

Pretty awesome music festival in a beautiful town. Diverse music from around the world, awesome $3-4 beer, good food, great weather (till today), a relaxed crowd, ALL FOR FREE!!

Getting antsy to see if I can make it to Missoula with 4 extra gallons of oil, and trying to take it slow, stopping more often to cool the engine. Next report hopefully, will be from downtown Missoula. Wish me luck.
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Marooned in the Shangri-la of Wyoming

Although I left Wyoming Thursday, I was so consumed with rolling away in my freshly-glued bus that I did not think of reporting the fun I had till I rolled into Missoula.  The return of the oil-sprinkler outside of Billings consumed most of my energy, focus and time.

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So I was pleased to to be marooned in the Shangri-LA of Wyoming (no it is NOT Yellowstone).  Like I told everyone I talked to- it could be worse….I could have broken down in Casper- what a shithole.  Instead of suffering in a Casper hotel,  I only had to roll up a marvelous mountain for a few miles to camp in luxury amongst the deer, pronghorn, and bigger game (which I never saw).

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My camp, as remote as I thought it was, was less than 5 miles from a wonderful lodge with cabins, food, beer, and horses.

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This lodge-regular bellied-up to get snacks from the guests (he is sitting on a chair). How could you refuse THAT face?

Expect to see more video from this place in the future.

Skoolie Storage Rack build

Been wanting this since I left in August, but always thought it a luxury, rather than a necessity.  Now I want campfires, and to do that I will need a space to carry logs.  I have not carried logs up to this point because of the mess it makes, the bugs it brings in, and the space they would capture in my garage.  Now I can carry logs, an easy-access bicycle, a compressor, and any other large, disgusting or filthy thing I want to carry with me.

The project took a week to build, mainly because of daily shopping trips for steel and other supplies, the heat, mosquitos, and exhaustion.  I am very happy with the results.