Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mr. Toad's wild ride

Well, we took her out. We decided it was time to overcome one of the last hurdles of this project - learning to drive the bus. After getting a handle on how the air brake system works and checking a few fluids, Erin got behind the wheel to take her for a spin. She sure is BIG. The lesson we learned: it's going to take some practice.

We just went around the neighborhood and it was pretty exciting. By the end of our session, Erin had started to master the left-hand turns. The trouble only came when we attempted to get it back up the steep/curvy driveway. We were doing fine until one of the sawed off branch stumps we had left took out a couple of our windows!! It was pretty dramatic. Next time I'll make sure to check both sides of the bus before I say it's clear to go - oops. But luckily we were planning on taking out a few more windows in the back, so it wasn't too difficult to swap them out. It made us realize that it would probably help to find a new situation for the bus that would make it more smooth to get in and out so we can practice more often.

In the mean time, we are finishing up as many odds and ends to get it self-contained before we officially move in. We're working on a kitchen pantry/cabinet, installing our range vent and hooking the propane up, making a table, and finalizing the composting toilet apparatus. More posts on these projects to come. In other news, Erin finished sewing the curtains up - lots of windows lots of curtains.

Hope everyone is enjoying the spring blossoming!


Wally said...

Cool on the training cruise. We've learned to both be on the lookout in tight areas. Get out and use the bus!
Wally and Sue

Lizz said...

Oh my! I've been wondering about taking a school bus driver course, see what tricks they teach. "Watch out for kids!" I'm sure.

We scraped the side of the house when we brought ours home and raked off some top side lights. the neighbors then called the police for fear that we would drive down the fence. Good times!

3 moons and the sea said...

Live and learn......or should I say drive and learn!

Moon said...

I have been following your adventure and have to tell you how impressed I am by you gals! What a wonderful and interesting life you have!
Thank you for the window into your adventures. And thank you for being kick ass women who are doing it for themselves!
a fan,

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