This bus conversion has taken us much longer than expected. With two toddlers and a normal work schedule to juggle along with it, though, why didn’t we expect it to take this long?
We’ve gotten a few comments on our videos lately about wanting us to show more bus work and asking us to make that focus of our vlogs. Overall, these comments have been very encouraging! But we want to reiterate that the purpose of our videoing this process isn’t just to show our viewers (and readers) the intricacies of our bus conversion, though we do hope that our process helps you with yours! These videos also reflect our struggle with time and our journey towards bus life, which includes, unfortunately, periods of not working on the bus.
For the past nine months or so, since our bus first rolled into our driveway, we took out the seats, and installed our floors, the vision of our project’s completion has felt tantalizingly close. But reality check, here we are nine months later hardly closer than we were when we started, and the reminder comes crashing in. It’s about the journey, right? So much of what will make this a valuable experience for us is the journey it takes to complete it. What’s so exciting is that once we bring this conversion to completion the journey has just begun in a way.
So, here’s to the journey! But, seriously.
Jeremiah and I both lived in Colorado before we started dating. When I was there, I did a lot of crazy adventure sports with the group of people I was in school with. We went skydiving, white water rafting, rappelling, hiking, etc all in about a weeks period. On one of those days, a couple of days after hiking Pikes Peak, a 14er in Colorado Springs, we went to the sand dunes in southern Colorado. We all hiked to the top of one of the tallest dunes in the park, and I remember thinking while hiking up that this small dune that it felt almost as challenging as hiking Pikes Peak, which seems crazy.
My point in telling this story is that this bus conversion process really feels like hiking up that sand dune to me. Every step up that sand dune felt like a step backwards. The sand slides under your feet, and even once you fall into a rhythm, the rhythm feels counterproductive. It’s sort of shocking to look behind you once you’ve gone a little while in the sand and discover that you’re actually moving forward and up the dune.