Our life on the road began on a quiet morning in May with coffee on the patio.
How Our New Life On The Road Started
My wife Lisa was looking at motor homes on EBay (dreaming of touring Australia in a motor home) when she casually asked me what I thought a converted bus was worth that’s auction was ending in a couple of hours.
Taking a quick look and as I wandered off to do some reading I replied “$20,000 at the most unless I had it checked by a mechanic”.
Fast forward a couple of hours I was checking my emails when I heard Lisa yelling from the lounge room “I’ve won it, I’ve won it”.
Half worried that Lisa had done something crazy and impulsive as she does every now and again, I went to the lounge room and with some trepidation said “you have won what”?
“The bus, the bus, I have won the bus” Lisa replied with the grin of a Cheshire cat.
Going instantly from trepidation to concern “I asked what bus”?
“The bus on EBay” Lisa replied with an even bigger grin.
“How much did you pay and where is it”? I asked.
“$18,000 and I don’t know where it is” Lisa replied with one of those smiles that said I’m sure you will work out all the details.
In shock I went back to my computer to start organising our life on the road. It turned out that the bus was in Batemans Bay New South Wales, a distance of 1,200 kilometres from the Sunshine coast where we live. The bus is a 1970 Bedford Comair that had been professionally converted to a motor home some years earlier. A bus of this size means that the driver has to have a truck licence to drive it. The list of things to organise began to grow:
• How I get the bus home
• Transport to Batemans Bay to pick up the bus
• Mechanical inspection of the bus and any certificates needed
• A permit to transport the bus as it is unregistered
• A tool kit for any unexpected problems
• Payment for the bus
Almost two weeks later I was on a flight to Canberra with Geoff a friend who has a truck licence and a motor home also. The entire organisation for the roadworthy certificate had been taken care of by the person that I was buying the motor home off, which I was grateful for and my brother in law was meeting us at Canberra airport to drive us the two hours to Batemans Bay.
In the next post I will continue with what we discovered on arrival at the bus and my first taste of life on the road as we travelled back to Queensland.
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New Life On The Road