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Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog

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Vicaribupdate – The Oregon Coast in September

We spent 18 days on the Oregon coast starting at Fort Stevens in the north working the entire way down to Brookings in the south. From what we heard and experienced we did this leg of the journey nearly perfectly. It could have only been made better by adding more time. If you want the ultimate Oregon coast experience, the recipe is simple. One, have a major breakdown just before arriving so that you are worn out and ready to chill. Two, before even seeing the water, find a surf shop, swallow your overwhelming fear of death by shark, and get outfitted for surfing the frigid waters. And three, spend a night at the top, then start driving south, stopping often and everywhere. [...]

By |September 16th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things, Vicaribupdate|0 Comments

Good Sam Roadside Assistance: Is It Worth It?

Roadside assistance is usually one of those things you get and hope you never have to use.  That is unless you are a bus conversion, then you are fairly certain it's not a matter of if you will use it, but when.  We opted for a plan through Good Sam which is one of the top providers among RVers.  We have the RV Standard plan which costs $90 per year.  We have now used their service twice and here's how it went, you tell us if it's worth it or not. Roadside Breakdown Number One: The Breakdown: Our first tow-worthy break down happened in the middle of nowhere a few miles outside of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.  We were [...]

By |September 13th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story|1 Comment

Vicaribupdate – Central Oregon Xscapers Convergence

Eleven times now this year, a community of full-time RVers have converged on a single location to spend a week or so of socializing, group activities and late-night shenanigans. These are the Xscapers - a sub-club within the Escapees RV Club geared towards younger working nomads. We missed the first ten, but after having multiple people we met on the road suggest we get our act together and join the community, we found our way to Redmond, Oregon, just outside of Bend, for one of our best weeks on the road yet. Little known fact: Vicaribus is the first skoolie to join the club. Day 1 We had no idea what to expect when we pulled into the Deschutes County Fairground [...]

By |September 9th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things, Vicaribupdate|0 Comments

North Cascades National Park: Why It May Be the Most Underrated National Park

North Cascades National Park is located in Northern Washington about 3 hours west of Seattle.  It is surrounded by national recreation areas and national forests creating a huge play land for you to explore. Whether you only have a day to drive through and check out the viewpoints or weeks to get deep into the wilderness North Cascades National Park should be on your bucket list and here is why: It's Free! That's right, there is no entrance fee (or even a gate) for the park.  Some trailheads do have a day use parking fee, however the Interagency Annual Pass is accepted. Hiking in North Cascades It's Not Crowded! You will not have to wait in long lines, fight [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Heather, and the Purple Backpack, Travels|0 Comments

Vicaribupdate – Entering Oregon: Portland, Hood River, Mt. Hood and More

Our sixth state on this journey so far happens to be Oregon. We crossed over from Washington over the Columbia River into Astoria, headed to Portland for a few days, worked our way up river to the town of Hood River, then down and around Mt. Hood and through Silver Falls on our way to Redmond for an Xscapers Convergence. Little known fact: Several crucial scenes in Point Break were filmed in Oregon. Portland The first place we ended up staying in the Big O was Portland, which is not too far from the border of Washington or the coast. Following our regular big city routine, we dropped the bus off at an airport lot and used some credit card points [...]

By |September 2nd, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things, Vicaribupdate|2 Comments

I Can Haz Internets? How We Stay Connected on the Road

Some folks choose this type of lifestyle specifically to disconnect - that's not us. Staying connected is vital to our day-to-day bus life. I work remotely as a Software Engineer to keep the gas tank filled, and we are heavy sharers of this journey to keep your social media feeds and inboxes filled. We have five different means of connecting to the world wide internets on our bus - or three, or two, depending on how you look at it. The Five Ways We Connect (Or Three, or Two) Here are the five: My iPhone 7, Heather's iPhone X, our AT&T hotspot, our Verizon Hotspot, and our WiFi repeater network. Since both Heather and I have our cell service on AT&T, [...]

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things|0 Comments