From early frontiersmen to Jack Kerouac, the American love affair with the open road is undeniable. For those who are looking to start a new life, hoping to find life on the road or just wanting a break from the rut of city living, hitting the road has always encapsulated quintessential American ideals of freedom, independence and opportunity. 
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In a recent Time article, author Peter Blodgett explores the history of the American road trip and shares the musings of Philip Delany, whose 1903 essay on travel, "Frontiering in an Automobile," appears in Blodgett's book, "Motoring West: Volume 1: Automobile Pioneers, 1900–1909." In the essay, Delany says, "When [the automobilist] is tired of the old, there are new paths to be made. He has no beaten track to follow, no schedule to meet, no other train to consider; but he can go with the speed of an express straight into the heart of an unknown land."  

Industry fueled the growing fire. "As costs fell and reliability increased, as the successful outings of the few began to inspire the many, and as the thrill of this new technology spread through an ever-wider range of the populace, motoring for pleasure insinuated itself as a notion in the minds of many Americans," Blodgett reports. 

For some, this is the true American dream. Rejecting the house with the white picket fence, the popular break from life has become a way of life. For one adventurous couple, a retired school bus became their dream come true. 

Finding the 1993 Ford school bus for sale in Tampa, the young couple realized they could cut their tether to a fixed location. 

Steve drove with me to Tampa to pick up the bus. I knew it was the right one when I saw her!! 1993 Ford rebuild...

Posted by On the Road: The REAL American Dream - is alive. on Thursday, January 28, 2010

Although neither had any formal carpentry training, they decided to dive in and start the RV bus renovation. 


Under the name Bus Life, the intrepid woman has clarified in the SF Globe comments area that her prior experience was limited to what she learned while helping to rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. "Then, when the bus idea came I had the basics for working with wood and assembling. My partner jumped right in with no construction experience. Like many people point out, keep it simple and that will keep the cost of repairs down as well," she advises.

In March 2014, after four years of happy living on the road and in RV campgrounds, the couple decided to share their bus-to-mobile home conversion on YouTube. The bright interior and fun exterior design features stand out among the typical motorhome and camper designs found at RV sites and campgrounds. 

Laminate hardwood floors, a reupholstered driver's seat and decorative Christmas lights are just some of the design elements that set this motorhome apart. An RV tub and a porcelain toilet ensure that none of the comforts of home are lost. But don't be fooled by the cozy interior. This isn't just a tiny home; it's an adventure on wheels.  

A year and a half since the video was shared on YouTube, the couple still travels the road, posting occasional updates on their Facebook page, On the Road: The REAL American Dream - is alive.

time to relax - bus life in all white rocks. Ed the American cyclist stopped by, said he always wanted to meet us, he...

Posted by On the Road: The REAL American Dream - is alive. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In her closing thoughts in the SF Globe comments, Bus Life says to "follow your dreams and never give up on your ideas!! We can't even count how many people said to us that this was a crazy idea, we would never make it out of the driveway, and it was just a big waste of resources. We hope this video continues to inspires others!"