Well, after nearly two years, we’ve finally done it! Not only is the interior of our converted school bus officially finished, but we’ve both left our jobs and moved out of our home in Austin, Texas.
Prior to leaving town, we hosted a small open house with the bus at Zilker Park to let folks tour the bus in person and to say goodbye. Quite a few lovely people came out to see us off and it was sweet to share our new home (and some Torchy’s Tacos) with friends for the first time.
The drive from Austin to east Texas went very well and the bus made it all 250 miles without any complaints (though there certainly were a few grumbles while going uphill). We decided to bring my car with us so I followed while Ryan drove the bus … that’s right, I got to be the “blocker car” à la Smokey & The Bandit! A set of walkies-talkies purchased prior to leaving enabled us to feel like truckers while also staying in contact throughout the drive.
It’s now been two weeks since we left Austin with the bus, and I can safely say that the adjustment has been pretty painless. I should mention that, in addition to Ryan and myself, the participants in this endeavor include our two cats and one dog. Yes, that’s right we’re taking the menagerie with us. (I still haven’t been successful in my attempts to convince Ryan that we also need an adorable pygmy goat to round out our animal crew…)
Each of the animals seems to be very happy – or at least in the case of the cats, very nonchalant – about the new digs and there have been only a few moments of general exasperation over the small size of our new home. (One of these instances occurred when I hung a light from the ceiling to read in bed, only to smack my head on it the next morning upon waking.)
Not to worry curious blog readers, we have lots of photos to share with you below.
We’re currently parked in the driveway of Ryan’s parents (thanks!) while we finish some additional projects that required equipment and/or time not available to us in Austin. These include installing full-size propane tanks, building out the undercarriage of the bus to house additional storage units, installing a roof-rack, numerous sewing projects, and painting the exterior.
In the meantime, we’re enjoying life in east Texas by eating BBQ, going fishing, seeing art exhibits and live music, playing Settlers of Catan, holding delicious family-dinners, and surviving rain storms and tornado weather, etc. etc. We’re also taking time to formulate our road-trip plans and are looking at routes and possible stops & destinations. So, stay tuned – we’ll keep posting along the way.