We left in terrible weather. It had snowed for a couple of days and was -24F. The roads were only marginally cleared. After the bus’s tragic demise, we were worried about taking one of our cars on such a long trip in bad weather, so we rented a car, which ended up being front wheel … More Montana to California
The bus had its fair share of problems over the course of the trip. It sucked down diesel, bumped, rattled and smelled. Before we bought it, while part of a handicapped accessible bus fleet operated by the state of Montana, it would seem very minimal maintenance was done and than when something broke, it was … More Things That Broke
We stared at the big Montana map, marked with all the trips we’ve taken over the better part of the past two years. There’s not a lot of places in a three hour radius we haven’t been. So we were somewhat surprised so see that in this time, we’ve never driven down a couple of … More Back Road Montana
We’ve driven through West Yellowstone a number of times, on the way to the park, on the way to Idaho, but we’ve never stopped and looked around. The West Yellowstone gate closes today, so yesterday was the last day of car traffic into the park through the town. Peak tourist season ended nearly two months … More West Yellowstone, Montana
Some of the latest illustrations of scenes from the road.
Alex’s 1997 Toyota 4 Runner may not have the romance of a converted bus, but it goes, it stops, you can park it easily, and with almost 286,000 miles on the odometer, it’s proving to be un-killable. Before we left on the big bus trip, we spent nearly every weekend for the better part of … More Back on the Horse- Helena and Butte
We cried a lot the first couple of days and it’s largely been too fresh and painful to write about. People wrote us a lot of words of encouragement and comfort about trying to find the silver lining in the situation, but we just couldn’t see one. It really felt like the death of a loved … More The long trip home