Howdy, gang!

If you’ve known me for any period of time, you’re probably aware it’s been a long-time dream of mine to build a housetruck for full-time living and working. The goal was to minimize my living expenses so I could pursue the kind of work I wanted to do: creating & selling my own art and comics, while being able to travel the country and exhibit at various art fairs and comics festivals. Well, this week that dream took a huge leap forward toward my new reality when I BOUGHT A FREAKING BUS!

For people who care about such things, the bus is a 2008 International PB105 with a 6.0L v8 diesel engine (hello, biofuels!). It holds 72 passengers, and was retired from an Alabama school district in June of this year. It only had 126k miles on it, and looks to be in great shape! Check out these sweet pics:

The bus is currently parked in Alabama, so I’ll be flying down on Monday to pick it up Tuesday and start driving it home. I’m going to be taking my time, driving just a few hours a day, and trying to do some of the initial interior demo on the way. I’m bringing a hammock to sleep in and some tools to get started with, and I’m looking forward to at least a week of sleeping at WalMarts and truck stops! There’s a good chance I’ll be swinging through South Dakota in order to get the bus registered as an RV/motorhome before continuing to Portland to start the build.

As I write this, it’s Friday morning and I’m waiting to hear back from the insurance agent. I sent pictures and information in on Wednesday at around 8am, and was told we should hear back within 72 hours. So, technically I’ve got another day or so, but I’m anxious because I never got confirmation from the agent that my information was received. SO.

Once I take possession of the bus, I can start taking measurements and see how much of my floorplan I’ll need to modify. This should be minimal, since this happens to be pretty much the same size/configuration of bus I’d been planning for. I’ll make a post about my floorplan soon, and talk about any changes I’ll need to make.

I’ve gone back and forth on whether to worry about a YouTube channel to document the build, or if I’d rather just blog it in a few places. For now, you can definitely follow this whole bus adventure on Instagram at @MyCosmicCruiser, on Twitter at @MyCosmicCruiser, and on twitch at twitch.tv/indigo_k!