Monday, June 26, 2017

About the Bus

I have been working on my second bus conversion since 2012.  I have been living and traveling in it since 2014.  People always compliment on the outside and seem to wonder what's on the inside. In today's world it's understandable why people don't ask to see the inside.  Even though I'm still tweaking it, I'd welcome anyone who wanted to see the inside.

The bus in 2012 when I got it

The bus in 2014 when I moved into it.


But for those who don't happen to be where I am when I am, to see more of the work that actually went into building it,  I'm working on a website to detail the process. The website is See Inside The Bus.com. The website is still under construction but some of the details are viewable now.  To get a preview of what will be there you can see some at Instructables.com

I hope you enjoy the mini tour.

And as always stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Day at Yellowstone National Park

I took a brief trip to Yellowstone National Park and had a great tour guide, Mickey, who showed me the places to go and the things to see.  And how to spot animals. We saw the following animals all in one trip.  It's a huge park and there's no way to see the entire park in one day so there will be more to follow.



































Video below.


Video below.


And as always stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Monday, May 29, 2017

Does Anybody Know I'm Here

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its unofficial end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day)

The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with over 300,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories.
US personnel are seeing active combat in Afghanistan. Others are deployed as part of several peacekeeping missions, military attachés, or are part of embassy and consulate security.
The following tables provide detail of various countries, listed by region, where US military are deployed. Countries with fewer than 100 personnel deployed are not specified. These numbers do not include any military or civilian contractors or dependents. The numbers are based on the most recent United States Department of Defense statistics as of December 31, 2016.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_deployments)

While remembering those lost and those returned, 

let's also remember those who have not yet come home.


A forgotten Dells ballad produced and written by Bobby Miller about a soldier in Vietnam who thinks to himself: Does anybody know I'm here? Told in third person, the soldier in the faraway land reflects on the cold weather and his girl back home as he ponders his plight. Would be a good inclusion on those Vietnam compilation albums, but this one never seems to make the cut. The singing is timely Dells, sweet leads and tight harmonies. From the winter of 1968, it charted R&B but did nothing pop.
(according to http://www.allmusic.com/song/does-anybody-know-im-here-mt0010818274)


And as always stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Welcome to Cody Wyoming

Well, it's been awhile but I'm still here. I'm currently in Cody, WY.  Got out today to see the sights.

Picked up this brochure at the visitors center.

I took the Southfork Trip and saw the following:











And as always stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Friday, December 23, 2016

Upgrade Vintage Round Headlights

This is the bus when I started.
I've been working on my school bus conversion for a while now. All the lights on the inside where changed to LEDs. While I changed all the exterior light fixtures I replaced them with modern incandescent lights. Exterior LED truck/bus lights were not as readily available then as they are now. My old round headlights are dim and out of style. While working the Sugar Beet Harvest in North Dakota I noticed several new trucks with round LED headlights come through the un-loader. Hence, the search was on. 

This is the bus with the drivers side headlight changed to LED.
Read about the process here.

And as always stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Customer Service

I bought my first bus in 2009 from a dealer in NJ.  I bought my current bus in 2012 from WE SELL SCHOOL BUSES.com in Hudson, FL.  While at the 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival I decided to stop by We Sell School Buses to have them check out a few things on my bus.  

One of the things I wanted checked was my air brakes.  I talked with Greg, Sr. and he asked me if I knew how to check my brakes.  After replying no, he asked if I wanted to know how to check them.  He showed me how to check my brakes and how to adjust them.  Anyone walking by would have seen two pair of legs lying under my bus.  We adjusted the brakes and went over a few other questions I had about the bus.  After we finished going over the bus he took me to lunch.  

You can't beat that for service after the sale.  I received service, education and lunch.   And this is not the first time I got excellent service after the sale.  Back in 2014 I broke down on the highway on my way to a Habitat for Humanity 25th Anniversary Building/Rally in Springfield, MO.  I sat on the side of the road for three days in MO trying to figure out what was wrong with the bus.  After three days I finally called Greg, Sr. and he solved the problem over the phone.

If I ever have reason to purchase another school bus, (and that's not out of the question), I will certainly look to We Sell School Buses for the sale and dependable service after the sale.


Talk about a tiny house.


How about a tiny bus.

A Tiny Bus.

And as always stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard