The End of an Era

After many miles of enjoyment, I have finally sold my converted school bus.

I had bought her back at the end of 2014 and converted her into an RV, which I detailed in this post here. Over the past few years, she’s been on many adventures and I figured I’d showcase a few of them here on the blog.

 

Tailgating at JMU

My original plan was to have an RV to take tailgating to cheer on the James Madison Dukes at my alma mater. Hotels were notoriously expensive for football weekends and I figured it would be fun to have a vehicle to tailgate with and sleep in after the game.

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All set up for the tailgate!

Once the DMV officially recognized the bus as an RV, I was even able to give my friends some driving lessons.

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Letting the crew take the RB for a spin

As most of the games were held in either in very warm or cold weather, it was nice to be able to have some shelter from the elements.

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Chilling inside the bus
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Posing for a photo on the roof

 

The Cross-country Amusement Park Trip

Ultimately, the real utility of the RB was seen back in May of 2016 when we took it on the ultimate road trip. Instead of being crammed in a car for multiple hours at a time, we were able to stretch out in our 38-foot mobile hotel room.

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Our route, plotted via Mapquest

Our adventure took us all the way to Michigan, Kansas, and back to Virginia. Overall, she achieved nearly nine miles per gallon over the 3000 mile journey, drank about a gallon of coolant, and only used two quarts of oil. Not bad for a 20-year old vehicle.

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Parked at Cedar Point

The six of us all bought Cedar Fair platinum passes, which got us into Dorney Park in Allentown, PA; Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH; Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, MI; Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO; Kings Island outside Cincinnati, OH and finally to Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. We also went ahead and stopped at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, KS along the way and took a ride on the tallest water slide in the world.

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Heading to another park
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Windows open, for maximum cooling!
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Woke up next to beautiful Lake Michigan
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Parked under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis 
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Parked outside Kings Island

 

Mud Bogs and Tractor Pulls

Our other favorite place to take the bus was to the mud bogs and tractor pulls down in North Carolina.

Most prominently, were our trips to Dennis Anderson’s Muddy Motorsports Park in Aydlett, NC where we spent Friday to Sunday watching the mud fly.

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Almost done setting up camp
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Sun setting over the track
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Slurpee machine is finally set up!

Another fun weekend event was the truck and tractor pull at the now closed Morgan’s Corner Pulling Park.

As long as we arrived early enough, we were able to get a parking spot with a good view of the track.

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Watching the tractor pull from the roof of the bus
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The cops showed up to check out the inside
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Breakfast time!

 

Bring Your Bus to Work Day

Before heading out of town one Friday, I even brought the bus by my office to let my coworkers have a look inside.

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Bring your bus to work day!

 

A New Home for the RB

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Off to her new home

Fortunately, I was able to find a buyer who would enjoy the bus every bit as much as I did. A lady named Laura would be putting her own touches on the bus before setting off for a cross-country road trip to California where she and her husband would be living.

In the end, I was sad to see her go, but at least she would be going to a good home. Plus that was one less thing to take care of before my move to Italy.

Oh, yeah. I moved to Italy! More to come on that soon.

-Matt

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