Me my bus and I…

Bus blues

With lockdowns and shutdowns, there have been limited opportunities to enjoy using the bus as much as I would like. It’s been great to have a small local air-cooled hangout to go to, but it’s not the same. I was hoping to have gone on another road trip this summer. I miss camping out in my bus.

socially distanced air-cooled hangout in a time of the lockdown
socially distanced air-cooled hangout in a time of the lockdown

Time well spent

Sure, it’s been good in other ways. The headliner project is coming along nicely. The end is very much insight. I just need to do the final protective finishing and get it installed now.

matching notches to allow for the rear light
matching notches to allow for the rear light

However, with the recent weather being so good, it’s been hard to not want to be outside at the moment, even though it’s equally important to keep socially distanced as much as possible.

Social distanced beach life

Luckily beaches in our immediate vicinity have not been subject to the crazy overcrowding that some have. But just for a change, I wanted to go for a little run in my bus to a beach a few miles up the coast from us. In theory, it should be a bit quieter, and as it stretches for a few miles, I should be able to find a bit of socially distanced space to relax safely in. With the temperatures being in the mid to high 30’s, getting in the sea was a welcome relief!

social distancing beach life
social distancing beach life

Mini road trip

After a quick swim/relax in the sea and drying off in the sun, I decided to head to a local country park for a late afternoon tea break. I had brought some food with me to make more of my brief trip out. It was like having a mini road trip within the space of a few local miles. Sometimes you need to improvise! Having a break is good for your mental health in these strange COVID 19 pandemic times we still find ourselves in.

a nearby getaway space
a nearby getaway space

Bus life is brill

Breaking out my Trangia to make an afternoon tea, looking out over the hills into the English channel, it was easy to believe I was out on an air-cooled adventure again. Sure, it wasn’t exploring the Highlands of Scotland, or getting lost somewhere in Europe, but it was fun to be on the road again in my camper. I missed this!

afternoon tea with a view
afternoon tea with a view

Golden hour solar power

As it was such glorious weather, I thought I would set-up my solar panel to complete the full ‘road trip’ experience. Who doesn’t like free eco-friendly energy? Anyway, it’s always good to charge and top up your leisure battery. A kind of multi-tasking whilst I drink my tea and watch the world go by…

golden hour solar charging
golden hour solar charging

local road trip?

This one-day mini road trip was a fun experience that got me thinking. OK, so it’s not really an ideal time for a major air-cooled adventure, but maybe a small short local road trip could be a fun thing to do? Keep it local, keep it fun!

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2 thoughts on “Me my bus and I…”

  1. It’s great that you live near beautiful country/beachside areas. When they are on your doorstep it’s priceless. Here in West Wales too we can find a bit of unknown beach, lake or wooded area. These current times are very claustrophobic and simple pleasures are much needed. All the best.

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    • Wales is another beautiful part of the country! I hope to road trip there soon, it’s been a while since I was last there.

      You’re right, in these strange times, you need to make the most of any simple pleasures in life.

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