Since we all work during the week, weekends are when most of the work gets done, but we did squeak in some cleaning mid-week with the help of my friend Catherine and my daughter Tiffany 🙂
Catherine & Tiffany helping scrub down the walls!
This morning I went up to Lowe’s and picked up a quart of paint to cover the back 1/4 of the bus, since the plan is to have the floor in back there and the bed platform built tomorrow. So I wanted to have the walls painted before hand.
Water Drops by Benjamin Moore
I spent a couple of hours on prep & painting in solitude. And a perfect 70 degree day to boot!
Will do the edges before the crew gets there in the morning. Also taped off the bed space!
So a new update tomorrow or Monday. I am also working on doing an expense post, since so many people have asked me. I hope everyone else is having as fabulous a weekend as I am!
I woke up after a wonderful sleep in an Airbnb house this morning. And called Mr. Walsh at the Culpeper school transportation depot and he came and picked me up.
The bus had been serviced and filled up. And after we did our paperwork he took me out and walked me through some of the special things on the bus. She looks fantastic! Besides four spots that need to be puttied up her body is in excellent condition. He gave me a quick lesson in how to use the airbrakes and then have me demonstrate that I knew how to use them.
I got on the road and headed east towards I 95. And met a friend of mine, Mary, who I’ve known via the Internet for more than 15 years. And then I got on I 95 south in Virginia and headed home.
I stopped for a complete fill up before leaving Virginia because the gas was so much cheaper than North Carolina. The truckers at the truckstop were really awesome helping me figure out the diesel pump and I checked the fluids and all were OK.
I’ve made it as far is Selma, North Carolina. I’ll get up early in the morning and continue my journey home.
Here’s some photos from day one:
So, everything is in place to go pick up the bus! Flying out of West Palm in the morning into D.C. and then the subway to Union Station then a train out to Virginia.
AirBnB overnight and then pick up the bus on Monday morning. I am super excited!
I’ll post an update from the road on Monday evening. Can’t wait to see her…
So the bus deal in CA fell apart. The bus was vandalized and it was going to take to much time, effort and money to even get it road ready to bring here. I immediately jumped on line on a source that was recommended to me by skoolie.net forums called Public|Surplus they have tons of stuff on there, not just school buses.
The deal went through very quickly and Monday I will take the train in from Washington, D.C. and pick up my bus from the Culpepper Co School Transportation Department. Mr. John Walsh will hand over the keys and hopefully give me some quick lesson 😉 He’s already said he’ll have the boys pick me up at the train station!
I’ve already picked up my trip transfer tag, bought my plane and train tickets and ready to go with just my back pack!
She’s an 11 window, 65 pax (bus talk for passenger) with a T444E diesel engine and an Allison Automatic transmission. Recently inspected and good tires!
The Back door… the only place with rust that I know of.
The Seats that will all be removed!
So, there we have it… I’ll be back mid-week next week and then the work begins. Seat removal party on Saturday, Oct 10th… who’s in?!?!
So this midwife really will be traveling! I have been dreaming of doing a project like this for a long time and my wanderlust is the reason for it 😉
So off to California to pick up my bus and then the real adventure will begin!
Welcome! A quick update on what is going on with me. I’ve just finished a birth down here in St. Thomas, USVI and I’m heading home tomorrow for Thanksgiving. I am then back down here for a December birth!
On this trip I got to hang out with a couple of my St. John babies, Ethan and Summer, and their mommies Cassie and Monic!
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