Podcast: Detour #3

When we interviewed Shawn and Emma Sullivan at Happy Productions, they told us the story of how they acquired their bus (who is now also the Happy Productions logo), Cosmo. The story was simply too long for our regular podcast, but it is a story that needs to be shared. 

Podcast: Shawn & Emma

Before setting off on our 49 state bus tour in our VW, Adie, we made a post on a Facebook forum asking for interview recommendations. This guy, Shawn Sullivan, messages us to ask if we wanted to be on his radio program called The Happy Trucker Show. We were on the program and instantly likedContinue reading “Podcast: Shawn & Emma”

Podcast: Sam

We were driving through Wisconsin when the recently rebuilt engine in our bus, Adie, completely seized on us. Luckily our friends, Shawn and Emma, at Happy Productions Radio were a mere 250 miles away and their long-time friend, Sam Weyandt, at Dune Buggy Supply was not far from them. Even though we had never metContinue reading “Podcast: Sam”

Snow!

Two months ago, Miracle was lamenting the idea of a winter without snow. I had planned a route that would keep us well outside of extreme temperatures since the bus is, at once, terrible in the heat and terrible in the cold. We would go north in the summer, south in the winter. Simple enough.Continue reading “Snow!”

Keep on keepin’ on

After the breakdown in Florida, we really thought this bus venture of ours would be over. Finances are tight on the road and podcasting is not exactly a gold mine. As I ran the diagnostics on Adie at that gas station just outside of Sopchoppy, Florida, I had the sinking feeling that we had reachedContinue reading “Keep on keepin’ on”

Just hanging out at the studio

Gotta say, as terrible as engine troubles can be, we have some great luck with breakdowns. We traveled back to the ice lands of the north, where we could be miserable. Where we could be slowly going broke renting a hotel room or paying out the nose for cleaning fees on AirBnB. Instead, we hadContinue reading “Just hanging out at the studio”

Season 4 is live!

We traveled across New England and into Canada, crossed into Michigan and the upper Great Lakes States to bring you stories from folks who have had an adventure or two in a VW Bus. This season we’ve met collectors, mechanics, businesswomen, and more than a few roadtrippers. You can listen to all the episodes wherever fineContinue reading “Season 4 is live!”

Made it to Minnesota (again)

Neil is a beast. A road warrior. Cannonball Run has got nothing on him. We made it to Minnesota just as the sun went down and the temperature with it. We pushed the bus off the trailer in subzero temperatures. As I pushed the bus up the driveway, I slipped on the ice and NeilContinue reading “Made it to Minnesota (again)”

and then the wipers broke

We came back to Minnesota to pick up the bus at Dune Buggy Supply and decided to swing by the Bob Dylan mural in downtown Minneapolis. When our friends at Happy Productions, Shawn and Emma, found out we would be in the neighborhood (a couple of hours qualifies as being in the neighborhood in theContinue reading “and then the wipers broke”