If I had somewhere to park an old Bedford or a Leyland double decker, I would be scraping my pennies together and scouring eBay for one to convert.
The next best thing is finding someone else with one who is happy to let me knock on the door and invite myself aboard.
So I was pretty excited to stumble across Alan and his 1966 Bedford when we were stuck in Mildura for our electrical repairs last week.
Alan has owned “Al’s Bus” for 36 years now and describes his conversion as a work in progress:
“How long is a bit of string?” are his exact words.
Now he’s retired, he and his wife Lyn spend around 4 months every year exploring Australia.
They’re on their way back from a fishing trip on the York Peninsula in South Australia and hanging around Mildura for a few weeks to play lawn bowls.
After the kids were safely tucked in bed, I spent a blissful hour sitting around Al’s homemade “choofer” listening to his travel stories. About places like Theresa Creek, in central Queensland, which is his favourite spot to go yabbying.
Hopefully one day we’ll make it there!