This past week was spring break for our district. On the 9th when I got off work we rushed home and finished packing our bags. I was planning on leaving Sunday and giving us some time to finish the work we needed to do before leaving but then found out some other family members were going to the same place we were but they were leaving Sunday. So, I changed plans and we rushed to get things done.
It was almost dark by the time we got everything loaded into the car and headed for the bus. Luckily we stopped at a home depot before that and had bought some headlamps for us to wear. Then came the challenging part. Bolting seats to a bus. I have not worked with many power tools myself and we watched video after video on youtube to see how it was done. We started with what we assumed was to be the hardest bolt and found out when we drilled the hole that it WAS the hardest one and we couldn’t push the bolt through the hole we drilled cause we ended up drilling right over the box under the bus that held the house battery. So we drilled our other holes. One bolt had to be cut in half cause my fiance had bought really long bolts not really knowing what size we need. We had a hard time getting the nut on it but it ended up working out just fine. The other two bolts we easy peasy! So yay. but now it is 10 p.m. and we still have to drive.
We drove past Mckinny and stayed at a flying j truck stop to rest for the night. We were very unsure of what to expect cause we had never slept at a truck stop before. Found us a parking spot…which I am pretty sure was actually in a fire lane because Will didn’t want to park next to the big rigs lol. He felt we didn’t fit in there. Turned out the spot he stopped for the night was actually in front of the gas pumps and trucks had been driving around us all night just to get out. ( To any truckers out there who had to drive around a white bus, I am very sorry if we inconvenienced you, won’t happen again!)
But we woke up just fine around 7:30, got the worst coffee I have ever put in my mouth, ate donuts I bought the night before and off we were. Took us another few hours to make it into Oklahoma cause the bus only goes 60 – 65 mph and eats all my gas money. Stopped three times on the way up to put in gas. But she drove beautifully all the way up the mountain roads to my mother’s cabin! She never once gave us any trouble or cause for alarm.
Our days up there were spent hanging with family, going for walks, and deconstructing items in the bus to use for other purposes :). The kids helped with a few things but they were more interested in being with their grandparents they hadn’t seen in a few months and playing all the video games lol.
We tore wallpaper off the wall, took apart a clinic bed, cut up two bookcases, and tore down the beer wall that was part of the bathroom walls, so now everyone can see when I pee! Just kidding we don’t even have the compost toilet that goes in there yet so I have to use the bathroom outside or at a stop. FUN FUN.
We also did some sanding on items that really needed it so I can paint them later. We decided to make sure everything was painted and ready to be bolted before we actually bolted them.
I hate going back and undoing work that I have already done. We did that with the seat because the wood base really needed to be sanded. So we had to unbolt it :(. Which was a freaking pain in my rear. Then my daughter wanted to help unscrew some screws so she played around with tools as well.
The week went well for everyone and we are proud of the work we have done so far. It really gives you a sense of worth and accomplishment to be building things or even deconstructing things and thinking of new ideas for them.
I will get some cleaner photos of where we are putting things next time we go back to the bus before we start painting! Thanks for hanging out with me and sorry I wasnt in a place to post this as it was happening last week. Signal not so great up there.