Well loves, it happened. We’ve got our bus home.
But not without some bumps in the road (both literally and figuratively) of course.
She’s a 2000 Freightliner Bluebird and she’s the most beautiful damn bus you’ve ever laid your eyes on.
We left at 6am to drive up to Indiana and after a very eventful morning, arrived at around 11. We only looked at one bus- it was love at first sight. At one point the guy who was selling her to us asked if I was caressing the bus, and the boys quickly responded with, “of course she is.”
So Adam is the one who’s brave enough to drive this thing. We decide that we’re going to lead and he’s going to follow us home. Of course being the nervous wreck I am, I don’t take my eyes off of him for the first hour. We had to pull over at one point because a gauge was reading hot, but it turned out to just be a faulty gauge. Just needed to be tapped real good a couple times before the needle popped back up to normal.
Unfortunately it wasn’t that simple the second time we had to pull over.
I finally relax enough to look ahead at the road for a few minutes, then glance back to realize Serenity is not behind us. We kept waiting for cars to move around us (we were going 50 in a 70) to see if they had just fallen behind. Then came the text: “Guys, this is not good.”
Panic ensues. Adam FaceTimes us to show us the green liquid that has exploded all over the engine bay (bye bye coolant) and the radiator hose that is now inside out. Serenity is now stranded on the side of the highway, steaming, and we have no idea what to do.
Luckily we had a friend and fellow buslifer with us who thought to call the guy from MacAllister’s (where we bought the bus). Long story short: if you ever need to buy a bus, call Ron. Seriously, he saved our butts. Not only did he drive out of his way to get the only hose in the entire state of Indiana that would fit, but he then drove the hour and a half to Adam with tools to install it and refill the coolant. Saved us at least $1,000! We have decided to send him Christmas presents for the rest of our lives.
Serenity was back on the road around 6pm and she was still two hours from home. According to Adam, he only drove her off the road once.
Today we started ripping the seats out. Most of the bolts have been easily wrenched out, but a few bolts have needed the use of an angle grinder. And let me tell you, if you’ve never seen a cute boy using an angle grinder, you are missing OUT.
We got some unexpected help from a handsome kitten and spent the better part of the afternoon settling into a groove and getting a process going.
But my absolute favorite part of the day was eating lunch together in the back of the bus. She already feels like home, and I was giddy being there with my two loves and a cheeseburger. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
We are so excited to have started this journey, and we promise to keep you guys updated as she comes together.
And in the words of the great Captain Malcolm Reynolds
“You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.”
Welcome home, Serenity.