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On the road again 

Here I go again on my own...

And it's back to the road.  Done with work for the season, moved all my stuff into the bus, and fired up the engine.  Working on tons of new art and music stuff, but for the immediate moment, Archer is my priority.  Spending most of this week in great company-

Made a wonderful visit to A Sacred Place in Canaan NH and then Peaceful Harvest Mushrooms in Worcester VT, where I got some lion's mane tincture that's supposed to help with some of my diabetic nerve issues. 

Then it was a…

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Work season winding down 

Well, as September draws to a close, so does the hotel season, and I'm making plans for winter.   I haven't had as much time as I'd hoped to work on Archer the wonder bus, but she's road worthy and just this side of livable.  Solar, toilet, wastewater, and kitchen (minus sink) are up and running, curtains are done, and some more furniture is installed.

I've also got half a hard drive full of half finished songs... As per usual.  Eventually I'll release some of that new material.

I think I'll be headed out…

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Just another update 

So, I had a Reddit post go somewhat viral.  35k upvotes and made the front page.  Other than that, I've been working on a little bit of bus stuff and some music, but my day job is keeping me busy.

I did manage one fun project- I needed some specific hardware for the curtain rods in the bus, but I'm not sure whether it actually exists.  So I fired up Blender, loaded the 3D printer with some gold silk PLA, and woke up to the parts I needed ready to install.  No matter how many times I do this, it's still…

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Thus ends the off season 

Realized I haven't posted in way too long.

Georgia was great.  Spent several weeks working on the bus at Cobbtown Acres- A DIY workshop and grounds for a couple dozen of us all working on our skoolie projects.  I met some amazing people who have become surprisingly near and dear to my heart in such a short time- Check out BuzuAzul, Escahpay, and Daddamantium on Insta.  Finished the subfloor and laminate flooring, built my bed, kitchen counters, got solar hooked up, mounted storage bins and water tanks…

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Progress at last! 

So, I have made it to my destination in Georgia, where I am working on finishing Archer.

In the last couple weeks, I've managed to install water tanks underneath, build in the bed, kitchen counters, and frame the shower and toilet enclosures, as well as cut a huge horkin hole in the side skirting to mount the two big steel boxes I got for storage.

I'm hoping over the next week or two to get solar and plumbing hooked up and operational.  Tonight, Papa Joe the storyteller is at the campfire, and I'll be…

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Repairs, repairs, repairs. 

YUP, it's a part of skoolie life, and I'm kind of throwing Archer to the wolves here with a 1200 mile maiden voyage.  It's not surprising that anything that was going to go wrong, is.

Spent the last two weeks with friends in Pennsylvania while half the DEF system got replaced.  Today I noticed that my rear axle was hemorrhaging oil, so I'm waiting for the mechanic at a truck stop to put on a new seal tomorrow.  Looks like I'm spending the night at a Love's in North Carolina.

Speaking of spending, HOLY CRAP…

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At least Pennsylvania is Nice. 

So, no luck in beating the storm.  Archer had an engine issue and we spent the night in a rest stop in Pennsylvania waiting for a tow truck.  I'm staying with friends until the mechanic gets the part in.

12 Hours to Liftoff. 

Bags are packed. Farewells have been said. Archer, despite her incomplete state, is sitting in my driveway, patiently waiting for her voyage. Tomorrow I leave Maine for the open road… And what looks like two solid days of driving in nonstop rain. That’s okay, if I time it even remotely okay I should miss the snow that would keep me here another week. 

My destination is Cobbtown Acres in Georgia- A community of folks who are all there to work on their own school bus conversions. There, I’ll finish Archer…

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New Music, Storms, and More 

Running from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old time string band
-Wagon Wheel

Well, my plan to leave this weekend for warmer climates in which to work on the bus has been hampered by an oncoming storm- Sounds like it's gonna be a big one, too.  Hitting the Carolinas on Friday and heading up the coast into Maine.  So it's looking like I'm probably going to end up leaving around the middle of next week instead.

In the meantime, here's a new song for you- You can listen for free on

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Stalled out, heading South. 

Been a while since I've updated, but then again, it's been a while since I've gotten much done. It's been cold in Maine, and I've been depressed about a friend who passed away and the general situation with =gestures wildly at everything=. Floor is mostly in, so there's that....

Anyway, it looks like I'm going to head down to Georgia in a week or two.  There's a skoolie camp with some experienced folks might be able to help me finish this beast of a project.  I'll be keeping y'all posted.

Also, I sat down…

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Work on the Bus Continues! 

Well, I’m way behind where I’d like to be, but I’m pretty sure I’ll still get in a couple months travel time this winter.  It also occurs to me that I haven’t been as comprehensive as I had planned on being, so here’s what’s going on with the big build…. 

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Maiden Voyage 

Took the bus on the road for the first real drive today, from the mechanic to it's temporary home, a bit short of a half an hour's drive along Rt 35. 

It runs like a beast. lol. Handles much easier than I had expected, although the air brakes are going to take a little getting used to. It accelerates, stops, and turns nicely. I was a little nervous around tight corners because it's so tall it feels like it should be top heavy (it's just the opposite- the center of gravity is quite low). But all in all, it's…

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Progress is being made 

When I awoke today, suddenly nothing happened 
But in my dreams, I slew the dragon 
And down this beaten path, up this cobbled lane 
I'm walking in my old footsteps, once again 

And you say, just be here now 
Forget about the past, your mask is wearing thin 
Just let me throw one more dice 
I know that I can win 
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

-Colin Hay, Waiting For My Real Life To Begin

Much slower than I'd like, but some progress is being made.  Got a quick coat of primer on most of her, and all but one…

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Work Begins 

So, I've finally begun ripping the seats out of the bus.  What a delight that is....  I've got all summer and fall to do this build, so I'm pacing myself.  Next couple months should look something like this-

June- Remove seats, flashers, stop sign, and paint with primer, so I can do the title/registration stuff to get it classified as an RV. 

July- Floor, Rough framing for walls and furniture, Install camera system. Run wiring for 12v and 120v circuits. Order tanks, toilet, and other plumbing stuff.


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A New Chapter 

Ever since my childhood I've been scared I've been afraid
Of being trapped by circumstance and staying in one place
So I always keep a small bag full of clothes carefully stored
Somewhere secret, somewhere safe, and somewhere close to the door

Frank Turner, The Road

30 years I've been dreaming of this.  Today I bought a bus. She's a 2013 Thomas Saf-T-Liner, 35 feet long with a Cummins diesel and Allison transmission.

Over the next few months I'll be converting her into a home, and this winter, I'll be taking…

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