Well friends itís been a good ride. 14 months ago one of my daughters suggested the idea of doing a Skoolie conversion and I was immediately won over. Before too long the whole family gave in.
51 weeks ago we purchased the Thomas, and Iíve spent most of my free moments working on it since then.
Iíve worked in heat, rain, snow and dark. I have done jobs and had to do them over again because I didnít know what I was doing.
Iíve spent more than a few minutes just staring trying to figure out what needed to happen next and how it would get done. Iíve ached. Iíve bled. Iíve lain in the mud looking up with metal shavings falling in my eyes.
Not only did I dedicate time, talent, and treasure to the project, I gave more than I thought I possibly could.
I second guessed the skoolie decision so many times that I eventually just had to put it out of my mind.
Tonight I spent the evening cleaning up the byproducts of the project. Burning scraps of lumber, loading my trailer, moving things, cutting grass where it had grown tall around various pieces of building project debris.
Tomorrow I will try to turn my garage back into a garage. Details remain to be completed but in 3.5 days my family and I will leave on a two month journey heading west. Someone else will live in our house and I will no longer be building every night.
The bus is at the shop tonight waiting to have its valves timed tomorrow, and there is an empty place next to the house.
I feel a little like Inigo Montoya at the end of The Princess Bride. The last year of my life has had a singular focus and now it is coming to completion.
I feel a little lost.
By far this has been the most difficult thing I have ever done, and Iíve longed for this day more times than I can count, but now that it is here it seems strangely over too soon.
I hope you have learned something from my build thread, even if only what not to do! And I wish you all the best as you all forge ahead. Iíll continue to post here when I have new things, most notably Iíll try to give a final tour, but for the most part Iím done.
Best wishes and take care!