Since we left Melbourne, Florida to head north to Lynchburg, Virginia to deliver the Oliver – we’ve been moving at a whirlwind pace. Heading up, we started a search for a temporary home on wheels – which yielded little acceptable results. In the southeast, so many sticks & stables RVs have suffered considerable water damage.
We then got a generous offer to borrow a small 1984 Winnebagao Le’Sharo from our friends Elloitt and Ann in Georgia. It’s tiny, maneuverable and gets high gas mileage. A bit smaller than we had our eyes on at 19′, and a lot of the systems not functioning (such a water and refrigeration) – but it’s been serving well as a moving van with a bed to continue our search in for a bit.
Our attention has shifted to researching smaller vintage buses (think 1950s and 1960s greyhound buses) as our next possible nomadic home on wheels. They seem to offer a nice balance of affordability (if you start out with a solid mechanical foundation), awesome style and quality. We’re amazed at the choices, range of features and amount of expertise we can tap into. We’ll follow-up soon with a post of the reasons why vintage buses have our eye for this next stage of our adventures.
Many in the bus nut communities have been super helpful in guiding us, and we’ve been invited to meet up with folks just to simply pick their brains and tour their buses. We’ve not been passing that up! We’ve also started looking at what is currently on the market, and touring some buses for sale in the northeast.
Our northeast tracking has also yielded opportunity to catch up with family and friends, and we even had an amazing nomadic rendezvous with Ben & Karen – who we hadn’t seen since last summer. They’re deep in their vintage bus conversion of a 1963 Flxible Starliner and we got to geek out in person about bus life.
It’s seeming that there are a lot of bus options westward, and the little Le’Sharo just won’t be ideal for much longer. So, we’re pointing westward this morning towards St. Louis where we can take advantage of storage space in Chris’ folks’ basement and leave our cat, Kiki, for a bit. We’ll then return the Le’Sharo to Georgia (with a stop in SC where I’ll teach a class for one of my clients).. and figure it out from there.
We’re thinking train trip to wherever the next bus candidate is.