Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog 2017-04-15T09:55:57+00:00

Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog

A bus has got to have a voice.

Week One Reflections

You know that awkward feeling when you just don’t know what to do with your hands?  Well week one pretty much felt like that - but with everything. Where do I put this? How do I get to this? Where should we go? What should we do today? Why doesn’t the water work? Why doesn’t the internet work? Crap, is there an engine problem? Has Miles eaten/peed/pooped? Damn, I hit my head again! As one would expect, we’ve had some kinks to work out.  I’m happy to report that we’ve mostly gotten the what/where/when in the bus figured out at this time and I get attacked by the fridge when we turn left less and less every day.  Nick seems optimistic [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Heather, and the Purple Backpack|2 Comments

Meow Wolf: A Great Way to Stay Warm in Santa Fe

As you may have heard by now from our other blog posts, it is apparently cold in New Mexico this time of year.  We made it two whole nights of camping in high 30 degree temps at night before deciding it was best to get a hotel room (with heat) for the next two nights when temps were expected to drop into the twenties.  While we had a nice warm place to keep Miles and little desire to spend time in the cold and windy outdoors we decided it was time to check out the city of Santa Fe and one of the indoor activities at the top of our list was Meow Wolf. Now, if you’ve never heard of Meow [...]

By | April 15th, 2018|Categories: Heather, and the Purple Backpack|0 Comments

Vicaribupdate 2 – Taos to Santa Fe

Leg 2 took us around the Enchanted Circle to Taos and then on to the art capital of the southwest, Santa Fe. Little known fact: Taos is latin for hamburger. The Enchanted Circle is a circle made of roads that encompasses an area that is enchanted. It is dotted with smaller ski areas and scenic little campgrounds. We drove from about 11:00 on the circle to about 7:00 on the circle in a clockwise fashion. The roads were steep and windy, and Vicaribus only acted like it was going to die a couple times. On the circle we made a stop at a little campground called Fawn Lakes for a picnic and to let miles contemplate chasing ducks and geese in [...]

By | April 13th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, The Places I've Pooped, by Miles the Doodle|0 Comments

Vicaribupdate 1 – As to be expected

Definition of Vicaribupdate Via the transitive properties of word math: Vicarious + Bus = Vicaribus, Vicaribus + Update = Vicaribupdate Rundown of day 1 As to be expected there were some kinks on Day 1. There's no need to dwell on them, or else we'll have no time for the rest of the kinks to come, but I will quickly run through them in chronological order. As to be expected, my nice mountain bike was stolen out of our garage while I was returning the rental car I have been using for the last little bit. The good news is that the new bike I picked up fits me much better. As to be expected, the water pump felt no need [...]

T-1 Day. We are go for launch.

A year of hard work, abbreviated frugalness, and minimal planning have to brought us to the big day. Jobs have been quit, earthly possessions have been expunged, and friends have been hugged goodbye. All that is left now is to spend a final night in our empty apartment, get up bright and semi-early and put the pedal to the metal in search of warmer pastures. Denver gave us three good years and now we are 24 hours from the start of a year (plus or minus) of freedom and folly. Our only real plan is to follow the weather, which means our first heading is south. New Mexico and Arizona come first. Then we will chase the cooler air back up [...]

Bus Conversion: How we fit a living room, dining room, office, guest bed and storage in 20 square feet.

Designing a bus is a lot of work, and one of the hardest parts is deciding which things actually get to the fit in the bus, which parts of the build get precious inches added to or subtracted from them, and which things get eliminated all together. It's all about making the most of the space, and squeezing out every last drop of functionality. Being that we are all about comfort and lounging, we knew that some kind of "living room" with couch seating had to make the cut. Our couch in our sticks-and-bricks apartment is where we spend the vast majority of our time when we are home. (Check out the picture below and you will see why- it’s pretty [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Bus Conversion, Heather, and the Purple Backpack|2 Comments