How to Drive a bus,
01/06/2009 - 01/07/2009 76 °F
So a few mysteries were solved on this trip:
1) Will she (the Mystery Machine) make it back to Florida?
Answer: Yes, and with many stories!
2) Will both of the occupants make it back to Florida without killing each other?
Answer:... Barely, but YES!
3) what is the meaning of the "Old No. 7" in the Jack Daniels Distillery?
Answer: It is the final vat in the distilling process where the "Tennessee whiskey" turns into "Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey"!
4) How did Pete get a free "Shot of Jack Daniels on the rocks" in a dry county?
Answer: Look again at the photo beneath my statement in the "Lynchburg de-tour" blog. The picture (or "shot") of is the Jack Daniels statue... and what is he standing on? Rocks! Get it (I can't believe I had to explain this to Danny...)
Any other questions?
Now on to driving the bus...
First off, it is 35 years old. Nuff said...
When you sit in the driver's seat, the steering wheel is like driving a small kitchen table, and the stick doesn't always go into the right gear... did I mention that it has no heat? And no radio> Thank G*D we bought the iHome iPod radio thing! What a lifesaver! I found out that the Emergency brake should never be used... It sticks, and makes a heck of a "burning brake" smell when you drive at 55, and it doesn't release... Oops... I did break the interior door handle, and had to open the window to let myself out... We did drive over 1400 miles with NO license plate, and only got stopped three times... As you drive, it feels so weird, because you sit up high, and on TOP of the front wheels! Very strange, but I remembered how to do this from owning one long ago... The gas gauge didn't work well, and we had to guess how far we could go before filling up... this helped us get into warm buildings when it was cold out! Hence, no pictures of snow angels! My digital camera batteries are no good now, and will now charge at all after being in the cold (Lithium Ion rechargeable)... I can't blame them... But I calculated that she gets about 17 MPG...
It was overcast today, but we will take a few pictures and post them later of MM in Florida near palm trees and maybe a "sand angel" for the record.
And I took her in to work today. For those who don't know me, I am a civilian working on an Air Force base. The looks I got from the gate guards was priceless!
We also got a few offers to buy her... my standard answer to "How much?" is "One dollar more," to which they say "One dollar?" I say , "Yeah, one dollar more than you've got!" (Do I have to explain this one, Danny?)
Pics later... P&L