Look what I just bought!
This is a 1999 GMC Savana Shuttle Bus, just-broke in, as my dad liked to say, with only 68,000 miles on her, and she will be my home from February-September as Bev idles away her time hiking 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada.
Ain’t she a beauty?
Our plans as they stand now
We have actually moved our plans ahead a few weeks. As it stands now, we plan on driving Puddle Walker down to California, starting early February. We plan on a leisurely drive, visiting as many Trail Towns as possible on the way, creating videos of those towns for other hikers to refer to on their future hikes, videos which will talk about the resupply stores in each town, the other services they provide, etc.
And then, while Bev is actually hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the dogs and I will hop ahead of her, resupplying her as need be, and serving as a Trail Angel for those other hikers who may need a helping hand.
Why are we leaving earlier than we originally planned? Well, our home sold almost immediately, and we now have a closing date of January 30th, meaning we need to get out, meaning we will have to move into the bus much earlier than we had planned . . . so why not just head out earlier rather than sitting around Olympia just waiting?
A quick summary of what Puddle Walker has in her
My plans for updating and improving her are fluid, depending upon time, and money. Before we leave, however, the bus will have the following: a bunk bed, a storage/seating area, a stall for the cassette toilet, a kitchen cabinet and sink, and a pedestal with a woodstove.
Interior electricity will be provided by a Jackary 1000 portable power station, powered by 200-watts from two solar panels; it can also be powered through the alternator of the bus when it is running. This will be more than enough power to maintain our laptops, phones, interior lighting, and coffee-maker.
I will have at least twenty gallons of fresh water onboard, under the sink, and the flow of water through the faucet will be powered by a simple foot pump. I have plans to install an electric water pump, but that will have to wait until we return from the first leg of our journey.
Showering? We will have a solar, portable shower, which can be hung outside on a hook. When that is not sufficient for our cleansing needs, we can stop at Planet Fitness for a shower. Their membership is only $10 per month.
Storage is always a problem when downsizing this much, and we are facing that issue as we speak. Stay tuned for updates on that problem.
And those are the basics as they stand now. I’m sure I’ve left something out, and I’m sure you will have questions, which may remind me of what I’ve forgotten.
Why Puddle Walker?
I have no answer for this question. The name came to Bev and I while we were walking the dogs. It made us laugh. It seemed perfect. And so it shall be!
Watch the video tour, to be released in a week or two, to see more of Puddle Walker.
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Thanks to you all!
Bill and Bev