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Robert Pimentel
January 21, 2024
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The Bus Conversion Road Travels 2023 Rallies

The Bus Conversion Road Travelers group, held a rally in the San Francisco area and then three rallies back-to-back in Arizona to finish off the 2023 year.  In August, eight rigs attended the week-long boondocking rally in the East Bay of San Francisco. We coordinated the dates to attend the Pacific Bus Museums’ open house. It was a fun afternoon touring the coaches in their original build state. There were one or two bus conversions there too.

The rest of the week we toured the area. We took BART to San Francisco, ferried to Sausalito, toured Alcatraz, and convoyed to the Black Hawk Auto Museum and Hiller Aviation Museum. We even went to the movies to see Barbie. All who attended enjoyed themselves and want to come back another year. I think they just liked the free RV spots in the San Francisco area. LOL.

A month later we were on the road again, this time to Grand Canyon Caverns on Route 66 in Peach Springs, Arizona. Seven rigs attended the five-day event (five that attended the Rally by the Bay). We had the park to ourselves.  Maybe because of the time of the year, maybe because the cavern tour was closed due to a broken elevator going down into the caverns.

Later it was time to meet for the first-ever October rally at St. David/Tombstone, AZ. Only a few folks had ever been to the area, so a "what to see" sheet was handed out to each coach and groups broke out on their own, to visit places such as Tombstone as being one of the highlights.

All Trail Bosses said they will host the same rallies again next year. You can keep informed by joining our Facebook page HERE. It costs $15.00 to join/support our group with a $10.00 donation each year afterward. The application is in the file section of our Facebook page.

In 2024 we were in Quartzsite from January 15th through the 21st, before the big RV tent opened. We have held this rally for over 30 years. We held our rally at Crawford's RV park. After the show ended on the 25th we will travel down to Gila Bend to one of our members’ properties, more on that later.

Pacific Bus Museum lunch.
San Francisco from Alcatraz.
Alcatraz jail in San Francisco bay aerial view
Bay Bridge.
Farmer’s Market at Ferry Building in San Francisco.
Exotic Mushrooms at the Farmer’s Market.
Mike O’Rorke’s 4108A at the Caverns.
Robert Pimentel’s 1962 GM-4106
Lunch in Sausalito.
Russell Kuck’s GM-4107 at the San Francisco Rally.
Dennis Wilson’s GM-4107.
Ready to watch Barbie.
Some buses at the Pacific Bus Museum.
More buses at the Pacific Bus Museum.
1932 Twin Coach Bus Model 15. Oldest bus at Pacific Bus Museum.
Even more buses at the Pacific Bus Museum.
David Freedman’s GM-4105 Scenicruiser.
Hiller Air Museum in San Carlos, California.
Hiller Air Museum in San Carlos, California.
The last bus to leave the San Francisco rally.
San Francisco Farmer’s Market.
Seals sleeping in San Francisco Bay.
St. Davids RV Park during our rally.
Touring the Copper Queen Mine in Bixby, Arizona.
A GM bus on display on the street in Lowell/Bisbee, Arizona.
Buck Boldings 1989 Model 15 Eagle at St. David’s RV Park.
Ed and Janet Vanlandingham MCI MC-7 – Greydog at St. David’s RV Park.
Pistachio farm. Get your freshly packed goodies here.
Tombstone, Arizona. A dirt Main Street where covered wagons still travel daily.
O.K. Corral Gunfight Exhibit in Tombstone, Arizona.
St. Davids RV Park after everyone left. It is a beautiful setting.
Some of us visited Biosphere 2 after the rally was over.
Article written by Robert Pimentel
Robert Pimentel is third-generation in the food service industry. He retired in 2016 after 40 years of running his catering company. In 1998 he decided to upgrade from a Class-C to a bus conversion, having had a 1957 Chevy school bus in the 70s his choice was a GM-4106.The first one was a 1961, a few years later numbers two, a 1963, a few years after that number three a 1962. Finally, six years ago number four 1962 with a raise roof and a whole lot of bells and whistles. He has done the remodeling and most the repair work himself.Even though the coach will never be “finished” for the last two years he has been traveling the western US, enjoying life with his wife Marie.

Robert can be contacted via email: SilverSport61@yahoo.com

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