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Old 12-28-2017, 07:48 AM   #1
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So it's 0530 Thursday morning here in Redding CA; I am eating breakfast at local hotel. I flew in to Northern California yesterday from Washington DC.

I have never in person actually seen the bus I am buying, but the seller will be (he better be) meeting here at 0700 to complete the deal and hand over the keys. At that point I intend to swing thru a local Walmart to pick up some supplies, and then solo I will head east, first over the mountains to Reno, then onward.

My goal is to make the ~2900 mile trip back to Southern Maryland in 4 days with New Years Day as a fallback 5th day. I asked the seller to take out a few rows of seats so that I can put an air mattress down to sleep on...

I hope to spend Friday night at a good friend's house in Chappell Nebraska while coming across I-80, and then drop down to I-70 thru Kansas City, and on and on...

eBay link to the bus, henceforth to be known as Comfort Eagle, is here. I was not the high bidder; he reneged. FWIW I paid $6800.

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Old 12-30-2017, 01:05 AM   #2
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Well.....you gotta tell us something. How'd it go? And if all went well, where are those pictures at? Show her off
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Right now he's starting his third day of driving if all is going well. That's a pretty low mileage bus.
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:43 AM   #4
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Good luck with the weather. It seems to getting weird for most of the country. Even as far South as I-20 and I-10. We are expecting icing conditions for a couple of days way down here in Houston. Be careful out there.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:32 AM   #5
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Good luck with the weather. It seems to getting weird for most of the country. Even as far South as I-20 and I-10. We are expecting icing conditions for a couple of days way down here in Houston. Be careful out there.
For those interested, I am still on the road; I spent the night at a luxurious Motel6 in Avoca, IA. SO much has happenned.

I did stay Friday night with friends in Chappell, NE. I woke up early and hit the road at 0630. About 30 east of Chappell on I-80, the drivers side of the windshield took a hit from a grouse (big bird).

It came thru the windshield low on the far left (as see from driver seat) bounced off the driver side sliding window, and wedged between the driver seat on the bulkhead. I used Gorilla Tape and cardboard to seal off the windshield. I can see thru it okay, I am just concerned about getting stopped by a LEO...

As I mentioned, I stayed at a Motel last night. I shut the bus down at about 1800, it did not want to start this morning.

First off, I couldn't get the key to turn in the ignition. Some broken glass had gotten into the lock cylinder. I had to remove the ignition switch and clean it out with brake cleaner and WD40.

After reinstalling the ignition switch, the bus wouldn't start. It was -15F this morning. I tried the block heater but discovered it is broken (suck!). It did finally start with a shot of starter fluid right up near the intake. It has been running for an hour or so. Leaving soon; still have ~1200 miles to go.

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Old 12-31-2017, 09:57 AM   #6
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So, what does Roasted Grouse taste like?

Glad to hear you and the bus are becoming fast friends. I wish you had told us you were staying in a Motel 6 as you could have mentioned my name and got upgraded to a non-homicide room.

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Well that's more than would happen to most people in a decade.

Good luck with the rest of the trip.

1200 miles to go ... I'd be looking to do that without shutting the engine off again except maybe while fueling. Grab a nap in the bus with it on High Idle.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:45 AM   #8
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Frozen Grouse are the worst. Take your time and ride safe, bud.
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For those interested, I am still on the road; I spent the night at a luxurious Motel6 in Avoca, IA. SO much has happenned.

I did stay Friday night with friends in Chappell, NE. I woke up early and hit the road at 0630. About 30 east of Chappell on I-80, the drivers side of the windshield took a hit from a grouse (big bird).

It came thru the windshield low on the far left (as see from driver seat) bounced off the driver side sliding window, and wedged between the driver seat on the bulkhead. I used Gorilla Tape and cardboard to seal off the windshield. I can see thru it okay, I am just concerned about getting stopped by a LEO...

As I mentioned, I stayed at a Motel last night. I shut the bus down at about 1800, it did not want to start this morning.

First off, I couldn't get the key to turn in the ignition. Some broken glass had gotten into the lock cylinder. I had to remove the ignition switch and clean it out with brake cleaner and WD40.

After reinstalling the ignition switch, the bus wouldn't start. It was -15F this morning. I tried the block heater but discovered it is broken (suck!). It did finally start with a shot of starter fluid right up near the intake. It has been running for an hour or so. Leaving soon; still have ~1200 miles to go.

Rick
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When I was first training to become a semi-truck driver, I was northbound on I-75 from Cincinnatti in the spring, a Canadian Goose was flying low going westbound. Well..... the goose crashed into the cab of the truck, bent the passenger side window pillar, the door frame, smashed the windshield AND the side window glass. My instructor could see what was going to happen before impact so he was slouched under the glove box area. Now, mind you the sleeper was converted to a really big bench seat. So the guys in the sleeper had NO idea what was about to happen. We both yelled "IMPACT" at the same time, but to no avail. EVERYONE in that sleeper got covered in goose goo...... After everyone called out they were ok, I laughed along with the instructor. Just looking at these four guys covered head-to-toe with goose goo/blood/feathers was just irresistible. They weren't very happy either, which added to the hilarity of the situation. I'd have been a bit ticked off I suppose as well, but all I had was some shards of glass in my hair.

The tractor was a total loss due to the extensive damage. So I can feel your pain because who needs to buy a windshield, especially now. But it brings back those memories from the early '90's when I was so green to life......

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Driving cross country is a very alone thing to do. It's a good thing you're resourceful.

Now, put that grouse on the exhaust manifold for about 30 minutes feathers and all.
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