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It wasn’t the best start for an extended trip, but then every adventure in the bus includes some kind of mishap.  My husband’s always telling me that we’re driving a house down the road and things are bound to go wrong.  Luckily he can fix most anything, or get the right people who can.  So I may be inconvenienced a bit, but never have to fix the problem.

Today we discovered (I say “we” but really mean “he” since I never drive) that the battery for Mr Bus was “low.”  That translated into meaning the steps into the coach wouldn’t lower and the stabilizers wouldn’t level.  But both were over-ridden when we turned on the generator to power up everything.  Ok.  No problem.

Then in the middle of a busy I75 heading south the side view mirror flew off.  Oops – now you can see the cars in the right lane, now you can’t.  Meanwhile, we’re a 36′ long bus, close to 30,000 pounds, towing a car;  it’s kind of important to see who might be in the right lane before moving over.  Luckily the top half of the mirror was still intact, so hubby “just” needed to lean far over the steering wheel to see, best he could, who might be in his blind spot.  OK then, no biggy, for me that is.  Now that we’re in for the night he’s off in search of an RV supplies store to buy a battery and a side view mirror.  This is day one of our multi-week trip.

All that said I love our Mr. Bus.  He’s not fancy by today’s standards and he’s a 12-year-old diesel pusher.  But he’s roomy and comfy and loaded up with the works:  frig/freezer, microwave, convection oven, coffee maker, toaster oven, 2 TVs and full bathroom.  Usually, everything works just fine.  And we get to travel around and taste slices of life from spots we decide to call home for however long we feel like staying.  It’s the best.

Tonight we’re south of Atlanta.  Tomorrow we’re headed to Savannah.  Why not?  It’s a very cool city and I hear the ocean calling my name.  After that?  Don’t know yet.  Visit and find out!

So for the next 6 weeks my blog will be about our travels.  Can’t wait.  Hope you stay with me and enjoy!

What are your thoughts about RV travel?

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First morning coffee always tastes better on our bus, a 36 foot RV that we call home periodically.  Nestled in the tiny back bedroom, supported by fluffed pillows on the bed and a steaming cup of Joe, life is so much simpler and streamlined.

This home is maybe 300 square feet (with the living room slide extended) and has everything we need within its fiberglass walls, including two of our six member animal brood.  The tiny kitchen has all appliances within arms’ reach making it possible to prepare real meals, which we do everyday.  By applying some creative organization, just about any dish can end up on the kitchen table.

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Image by *Grant* via Flickr

Ever since we acquired “Mr. Bus” back in 2000, I find myself yearning for the road periodically.  Its freedom.  Its adventure.  Its simplicity.  And its interaction with “salt of the earth” kind of people.  All facades are dropped on the road.  It’s as though this private world gives permission for authentic interaction among fellow humans.

A phone book sized guide to campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada allows us to wander aimlessly and still wind up at a decent place for the night, or maybe two or three nights – depending on our wanderlust mood.  It takes us about 15 minutes to hunker down, power up and turn Mr. Bus back into our vacation home.  He’s not fussy or fancy, nor is he shiny and new – but he is comfortable  and cozy.  Within these confining walls lies spaciousness for thoughts and dreams.  Then back on the road we go to wander some more.

So as I take the final sips of coffee on my last morning in Mr. Bus before heading home from our Thanksgiving getaway, I appreciate the opportunity to be here and look forward to our next adventure.

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