It has really been crazy living in our school bus for the last week & a half. We love it. We hate it. We never regret it. The 9th of September we set out on our voyage to Campbellsville, KY. It took us in total about 8 hours between two days to get to the place we now call home. On Friday night we slept at a truckstop in Seymour, KY. At about noon on Saturday we arrived at Green River Stables where we will be staying till the end of December.
Once we picked our spot, the fun began! I have been waiting for this moment for months. Finally, I could decorate and place all our knick knacks on display from past travels. It took about 3 hours to get everything set up in just the right place. Over the next week we would spend time reorganizing + pitching things that we just didn’t have room for. There’s several ten minute projects that we would continue throughout the week. Some of those projects were; leveling out the bus, putting more caulk on the roof (specifically on the screws), leak proofing the plumbing to the sink, mounting the tv, & hanging up the curtains.
While here, we will be working for Amazon in one of their fulfillment centers as pickers. Hopefully we can make some decent money while here and leave with some great memories. Everyone that we have met so far has loved the bus. We expected a lot of hate from the Rvers parked around us who have spent well over 40K on their rigs. The only rude comment we received was “Do you have air conditioning in your bus?” Anyone could tell from simply passing our bus that we do, since we have a vent out the drivers windows. Apparently, the guy told Josiah he was worried about our dogs, as if we would leave them in a hot bus all day. That really upset me, because I would never do that any animal + especially not my furbabies.
On that note, our dogs seem to really love it here. We have an end spot so there’s not too much traffic our way & they get to explore the woods and trails often since they’re only a minutes walk away. They’ve been getting along great. I do think their favorite part was the drive, because they would occasionally stick their head out the window, even on the highway.
Overall, the bus has been fun for last 11 days, we have deff thought of high tailing it home, but we won’t give up that quick. We know this is the life we want to be able to travel & not spend our life working away. I’m sure as the days go on, we will learn to love our bus more & more.
After determining that it will take to long for me to learn and fix the bus we opted for a shop to fix it. Well it has to get to the shop and seeing as how it does not start we had to get a tow. The cost of the tow was only $220 scored a great deal from Classic Towing if your in the Chicago land area and need a tow give them a call. They did a great job and I cannot thank them enough, especially for the cost. Also give a quick up date on our Europe vacation round 2! IF you have any comments or questions just reach out on either facebook or youtube and we will get back to you.
Ok well it has been some time since I last made a post. Lots has been going on with the bus and our lives in general. If you haven’t seen the latest video about the bus getting a tow to a shop to get the ignition wiring straightened out here is the link.
Now that you are caught up with the bus and our newly planned trip to Europe! Here are the other things that have been happening as I have been delayed in updating the blog. House is going up for sale in the coming weeks. We have been doing little updates to make it look nice for the new owners such as swapping out the gold hardware for silver, fixing and painting the fence, and also starting to prep for paint.
The plan is that come around June 1st we are hoping to move into the bus and live in it in my parents driveway while we continue to work at our jobs for a another month. This will allow us to have the house up for sale with it being completely empty and dog free. Hopefully we will meet our deadlines that we have set up as there is still a lot of work to do to make it all happen but it sure is coming along nicely.
Just wanted to give a bit of an over view as to what has been going on and what some of our plans are. I will be posting more information as far as Europe ‘16 trip and bus info in the coming weeks. Just need to get everything moving and it should all fall into place. Thanks for reading and following our life adventure!
How to put up interior studs in a skoolie. I am installing studs to secure everything to the wall. The studs are attached directly to the ribs in the school bus. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Big thanks to Steampunk Steve for his video which gave me the know how!
I thought it would be fun to start a new section of our YouTube channel. Live streams straight from the bus! Hopefully you will find these video’s entertaining as well as informative. We are just a regular couple converting a school bus into a tiny home on wheels nothing special. Well we might be a little special but only in the best possible way. I mean we do own and will live in a “short bus”.
So I have actually decided that I am going to go deeper into minimalism than I had originally thought. I am going to go more into this in another video however because I have just found out about the capsule wardrobe. So more on that later.
I cannot wait to get going on the bus! We are both more excited than ever to start our lives living on converted school bus. It sounds so strange to say it “well my wife and I our converting a school bus…” and then I get the looks. If you’re converting your own bus you definitely know the look that I am referring to.The adventure that we are going to be setting out upon is indeed going to be a very perilous journey filled with ups and downs along the way. However I know that with Breanna we will be able to pull through together.
So enough daydreaming about being on the bus…
I wanted to share a little with you about how my shuffle towards veganism is going. I love it!! That’s about all there is to it. Just the other day I was watching shark tank and low and behold a honey substitute was one of the products/companies. It is called Bee Free Honee and I absolutely love it! I have known about the bee epidemic for awhile now and not known how to help. I used to use honey quite frequently in tea, on my toast and sandwiches. If you don’t know already you need to try peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Although now I would recommend Bee Free Honee.
Removing meat from my diet was not as hard as you would think. There are plenty of meat substitutes that taste as good if not better than meat. I have had no ill effects from not eating meat and I would even say I feel better than I did eat meat. I have had some meat whether it be at a restaurant or work luncheon. But on those days that I have had a meal primarily derived from meat I felt like crap! Physically!
Enough of me rambling I plan on making a few videos and posts about what veganism is to me as well as how to start shuffling yourself. As always don’t forget to subscribe and get ready for an exciting adventure because the next stop is Bus Life!
We are just like everyone else & want to have something we can take home with us to help remember our trips. But being minimalist we really try not to buy to much of the touristy junk. Every once in awhile I will get a t-shirt or we will find something from a local craftsman. We never though buy a t-shirt just to have a t-shirt from there. Only if the item can be used on a regular basis or can be used for decorating our home, then do we buy it.
There is one thing we always try and bring home from our trips and that is a lapel pin. Whenever we go somewhere we search shops in order to find these unique pin. Every pin is different and reminds of us of where we have been. The pins work for us because they’re cheap, small, and easy to organize. We have pins from almost all our trips. The only places we don’t have them from are Myrtle beach, Lake Delevan, Lake Geneva, Cocoa Beach, and the Dells. Some tourists shops just don’t have them sadly.
On our last trip to Florida we were able to get several. We bought 1 Universal Studios, 2 Islands of Adventure, 1 from the Kennedy Space Center,and 2 from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Pins do add up quickly. Currently we have 33 pins. As we see it, it is easier to have 33 pins than 33 coffee mugs.
To display all of our lapel pins Josiah & I picked up some canvas from a local fabric store, inserted 2 doll rods, and sewed all the sides together. It was easy, cheap, and handmade. We can roll it up when we want to store it away. We have the rope that was supposed to be used at our wedding ceremony tied around it to keep it shut. Below is a picture of our canvas!
We have them all in chronological order so we can easily see the timeline of all the travels we have gone on. This canvas is really special to us because it displays all the adventures we have been on together. While we are traveling on the bus we plan to pick up as many lapel pins as we can along the way.