More fun tales from the last 2 weeks. Its been busy, and the bus is back home and daily-driving again. The joy of looking out the windscreen of a bus is unlike anything else. Even when looking at a dreary gray morning through barely caffeinated eyes, it brings deep deep joy.
Big Ol' Rounder in my Foldin Bed
First things first, I'm fully moved into Boo's place. My boys and her boys have really gelled, and the few nights a week when we're all home are rowdy and fun. Its a little crazy come bed-time, though. the place is small, and wasn't really built for 6 people to sleep in, so its a little crowded. Between a loft space and a bunk bed, though, everyone has a spot. Add one more, though, and we'd need a cot in the hallway.
Man Comes By Lookin' For His Hat
One of the challenges of temporarily staying somewhere, is finding your stuff. Most of my things are in storage, but there are some regular things that need to find homes. From bills to car keys, basic processes have had to change around from when I had my own place. A month into it and we're down to the last few things that need a system. This included where to park and how to best make use of the bus. For the last 3 weeks, I had been parking the bus at various locations near my old apartment. I'd move him from one spot to another or from one parking lot to another every other day. This kept the towing companies away, but it was annoying. At least the engine was getting started, but it wasn't really even getting warm. But, it was the system until yesterday.
On the Road Again
Yesterday, Boo grabbed the keys and dashed over to where we'd last parked him: her friend's apartment complex parking lot. She had never driven him before, but she's driven a bus before. She got him home and the report wasn't completely rosey: "its hard. I couldn't find 1st or 2nd consistently. He played Alpha (male) on me." Yeah... that transaxle has been a beast since I bought him. I know a new one is in order, its just a question of finding $1500 - $1800 plus a core charge. Regardless, she got him home. Now, I'll be driving him to work, she'll be driving the Jetta and her 16 year old (K) will be driving her old car. This leaves an old Mountaineer out of the rotation and back at the stable. Since it gets about 8mpg, this should save us some money, longer term. Since the HOA rules for teh condo-complex forbid any work being done on the bus while parked in the lot, I'll be parking on the street for those days when I want to work on something... like fixing the shift linkage... or the cabin lights... :)
It felt great to wind-up the bus this morning. He's as peppy as only the TDI could allow, and I only had a can't-find-the-gear moment once, while trying to down-shift into second as I passed through a busy intersection. No worries. As he gets used to being driven, the gears get easier to find. And there's always that promise of a new gearbox with hopped up gears... He didn't even get to thermostat-open temp (185*) before I got to work, so I'll have to take longer drives to prove out his real road-readiness. Camping season approaches!
That's it for today. Thanks for following along. Now that I'm driving him every day, I expect to have more relevant adventures to document. Besides that, camping season is coming, and there are things I'd like to have ready for this Summer of fun. It should be a fun Spring!