Hello all... Long time lurker here. Finally getting around to posting.
I purchased my '72 Superior Coach in September 1993 from On-D-Go Used Bus Sales in Bucyrus Ohio. I was hitchhiking around the country following the Grateful Dead when I stumbled across the Phool Bus. My trip started in San Diego county. I "thumbed it" up to the Shoreline shows in Mountain View, CA. Then out to Colorado, where I decided that it would be nice to have a bus. About two weeks later, after the Ohio shows, I saw On-D-Go's lot full of busses. Five days later, I purchased the Phool Bus for $500.
The first thing that I learned was that my fuel guage did not work. It was showing 3/8 of a tank. I made it about 20 miles before running out of gas. The second thing that I learned was that it is a PITA to remove the seats when all of the nuts are rusted to the bolts due to salted roads.
I had calculated that it would cost about $900 to drive back to CA and found a job hanging billboards to get the gas $$ for the return trip. Ohio was wearing me thin, so I headed out with $500 in my pocket. Three days later, I stopped in Colorado Springs, CO. with $63 left. I figured I'd stay there "for a little while" and raise the money for the rest of the trip back to CA. I ended up meeting a lot of great people in Colorado because of the bus and I ended up staying for the winter. The Phool Bus got it's name shortly after I arrived in CO.
On the trip to CA from CO, I swung past a Greyhound station and asked if anyone was heading to southern Ca. One guy said that he was going to Los Angeles and asked why I wanted to know. I told him that I could give him a ride for the cost of his ticket. He laughed at me and walked away. As I was walking up to the door of the bus, I heard footsteps running up behind me. It was "Mr. LA". "Oh my God. Is this yours?" he says. He handed my his $26 fare and off we went. At one point, I had seven hitchhikers and a dog with me.
That was a great trip. Spending a winter in the bus in Colorado Springs was an experience I will not forget. In all, it took about nine months to get the bus back to San Diego county from Ohio.
We have since been as far north as northern CA. helping a friend move. Down to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a six week long scuba diving / surfing trip with seven other adults, two children, and a dog. Countless concerts, trips to Baja, to the desert with motorcycles and atcs loaded inside... It's a blast pulling up to a campsite and having all of the desert rats looking at the bus. Seeing their jaws drop when I kick the back door open and unload two motorcycles, an atc, and a quad is priceless.