A brief vignette of Hank riding the bus along the Pacific Coast towards San Francisco. New updates on the horizon.
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hmmm, so this is entirely 100% random, but, I stumbled across your story from a link someone posted on facebook, and I must admit I am intrigued by your story.
And… as luck, coincidence, or random happenstance would have it, I live in San Francisco, which apparently is where you are/will be soon. It’s be really cool to meet you in person, and I’d be happy to show you around my favorite bits of SF, or grab coffee or drinks while you’re in town. Realizing of course, that as a random person from the intrawebz the likelihood of this happening is not high. But, hey, my email is posted there, please drop me a line if you are so inclined.
Sorry, we already passed through SF! It’s getting a lot of positive attention in the bay area… maybe I should just move out there already?
I am totally inspired by what you’re doing. My boyfriend, my dog and I live in a 200 sq ft tiny space in San Francisco. Would love to meet you while you’re in SF– cook you dinner and hear more about your project! My boyfriend’s dream is to turn a bus into our next home.
We already went through SF! I’d love to see what you guys are living in though! Is it a small apartment, or standalone tiny home? Good luck with your potential bus conversion!
Super small apartment! Get at me if ever you’re back in the bay. =]
Hey Hank! Where are you now? We’re from Pasadena, CA and heading to Sonoma to visit Tumbleweed Tiny Houses and see if a tiny house would work for our family of 5 and our OneYearRoadTrip documentary. We’d love to meet you and see your bus conversion as that is also on the list of possibilities for us. Our project is a documentary about kids across America trying to change the world, and we’re planning to spend 14 months on the road, visiting all 50 states, collecting and sharing stories of amazing kids doing amazing things, and inspiring others to go and do likewise. This post is from today, and who knows where you are now, but if you’re still out west we’d love to meet up with you!
Holy cow that’s a heck of a road trip! What are you traveling in? We already passed through CA, but I’m excited to see where your journey takes you and what you learn. Thanks for sharing!
We’re trying to decide whether we’ll do a Tumbleweed Tiny House or a bus conversion. Your project is making us way more interested in the bus option…
Have you had to get any repairs done on the road? If so, was it difficult to find a bus mechanic?
NICE. very inspiring. I was curious if you could tell me what the window coverings are?
It’s translucent corrugated plastic. Very similar to political sign material but lets light through. I stacked a few layers together for rigidity and a bit of insulation. You can find it here: http://corrugatedplastics.net/4mmCorrugatedPlasticSheets.html
When you write your book do include details like this one!
I ran across your thesis at Arch Daily’s website. Very impressive. Will you offer tours of “The Bus” when you reach San Francisco? If so, when do you expect to arrive and where might you park? I would very much like to experience the space you’ve create in person. I feel that I can gain wealth of knowledge from you for my thesis as I am designing a tiny space too. Thanks and hope to hear from you.
Sorry we already passed through SF, good luck on your thesis, I’d love to see what you come up with!
Hi Hank. Do you have a San Francisco itinerary? MY friends in SF also have a Bluebird that they want to convert; they would love to meet you and see your bus. Mike.
Sorry we already passed through, we hope to share plans by the end of the year so people can follow along!
This is so tempting:
I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Haha, that’d be awesome
The bus is AMAZING!!! I’m in Southern California and am the Work Experience Coordinator at Paloma Valley High School. My class meets at 6:30 am each Wednesday and my students would so enjoy hearing about your adventure and seeing your bus!!! Could you swing that into your schedule?
Sorry, we already checked out of CA!
Love this travelog – so inspiring! got it off of bit rebels – thanks for sharing…now I’ve got traveling fever : )
Hi, wonderful idea, site and so nice to be a part of your adventures.
Just for the record im following you guys, from a vey small island in the midlle of the Atlantic called Madeira, in Portuguese Territory.
Those are the wonders of internet, i´m 46, a wife and a daughter, and you guys are realizing one of my dream. Maybe someday in the future i could accomplish it. Meanwhile i will be here tasting every bits of yours travelog.
Best luck and that may be a trip to remember even in the distante future,
Fantastic – thanks so much for following along!
Hank – keep it going! You all are cruising through this trip. Looks like you’ve been busy! There is always so much to do and see when traveling fulltime that its a wonder you can ever find the time to post!
Sergio – there is a whole world of bus converters out there…skoolies and coach, trucks and RVs. Its a crazy addiction once you get into it. Do your homework before you buy. Its an amazing adventure once you jump off the cliff.
Me from the Netherlands will also follow you guys. Wonder full idea
Simple but beautiful. Love the amount of artistry that is going into this journey!
Hi. My friends recently bought a Bluebird and are working on converting it. They would love to meet you when you are in the San Francisco area. Do you have an itinerary for SF?
Sorry Michael, we are already through the Bay Area. We may be back around for round 2 before long, so stay tuned!
Hi guys, I’ve come over here from the mention on LifeEdited newsletter. Awesome adventure that you’re on and love your blog! Have traveled independently (with 3 kids) in an old RV to many countries- great fun! I like to run the cab heater on high when the engine starts getting too hot over the mountains and it cools the engine right down. Of course, we are hanging out the windows for cooler air, but it’s good to keep the rig going. Hope that little trick helps you out. Carpe’ diem!
Hi Hank and Justin!
I love what you guys are doing, and the record of your journey is great, too. Are there any pictures/write ups on how you did the actual construction?
I’m a software developer converting a van to a work-live space (http://downbytheriver.us). The magnetic window insulation thing is awesome, I’d love to see how you built that!
You guys still in San Francisco? I’d love to see the bus and compare rigs!
ga langs Cazadero, Raymond’s Bakery,(5400 Cazadeo Highway) Califorinia!!!! Prachtig daar, en je eet weer eens normaal brood! Wij zijn daar net een kleine 2 weken geweest. Vraag naar Mark en Elisabeth Weiss. Fantastische mensen, en maken naast fantastisch brood en pastries, de beste pizza’s op de grill!
Ook point Reyes is heerlijk.
Waanzinnige trip, ook wij ziujn 4 maanden door Amerika gereisd: heerlijk reisland! Succes!!
I love the stories, your bus idea has always been a cool idea for me. I’ve done a lot of travelling before but not like that and it’s actually next on my list.
Keep up the awesome work it keeps people like me excited for the passion of travel.
Thank you for taking us all along with you
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What a great adventure! Very tastfully written and photographed…. good luck!
Hey guys, love the blog, so well written and incredibly detailed, I’m based in Bristol, England, currently sat at my desk at work hanging pretty hard after a bank holiday weekend, and your rendition of what sounds like an amazing journey is definitely soothing my pain! very much look forward to the next installment, seeing as you have just uploaded a video, could I make a suggestion that it would be nice to have a Q&A video section on top of the already very well produced story telling? I’d personally like to hear your voices and it might be nice for the people keeping tabs on this to be able to ask specific questions If I could ask one question it would be who does the cooking, are they any good, and whats for dinner tonight!
Justin is terribly hands-on and does a lot of the cooking (lots of sauteed veggies, and of course some bacon!) But for our next journey we may have a designated cook..
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