West Coast USA Walkabout Inspired by Shelter

Two emails from Bill Cullin:

1. Subject: I never buy books! But I purchased yours and loved it.

   I always use the library and just return them since I get so many, but yours I had to buy.

Best $30 I spent.

   I am about to take a walkabout for about 3 months. I am in Seattle Washington and will head south along the coast till I get warm and then head east probably into Arizona.

   I wanted to write off the trip and save on expenses so I wanted to take my truck. I had purchased your book for another project but got inspired and decided to go in style.

   Two inches of insulation, pine tongue and groove, wood blinds, interior propane heater, alarmed and interior locking. And from the outside day or night you would never guess.…

2. My “Truck Suite” was inspired from your book. I am on my walkabout trip. I am posting videos on YouTube and Facebook.

Here is a article being placed in our local newspaper. If this article may be useful for your newsletter you are welcome to use it and the photos.

Thanks for the inspiration!

–Bill Cullins


One day it just stuck me like a brick!

I am over 50! I was just 20, what just happened?
I have spoken to many friends who had the exact same experience. Yet as my good friend Jeff reminds me, ‘Bill you don’t know how good you have it.’

   With minimal expenses, no stress, amazing health, lots of free time it does give one options. Yet not too long ago it was a far, far different experience. As life always does, it sent me a curve ball, but with the baseball bat first. Right to the back of my head.

   During that difficult time one of my customers who loved to travel loaned me Charles Kuralt’s “The Perfect Year” audio book.

   It was wonderful. After retiring Charles who had traveled the USA for 25 years on the back roads and byways writing and creating the smash hit “On The Road” series for CBS Television decided to have a perfect year, just for himself. He spent 1 month in 12 locations having his perfect year.

   As an award winning journalist he seized my attention and captivated me. I have never really seen much of this wonderful country we have, and due to my challenging circumstances I longed to just “run away” and live that dream. I listened more than 7 times to his stories with deep longing to be far away from my problems.

   That was years ago and by the grace of God’s goodness, the problems are gone, but the dream remained.

   This last year was an amazing year for me with many, many unexpected blessings. And Jeff who loves road trips said many times, “Bill take a road trip.” I mused this over and over pondering the options. Then came the questions, is this possible with…

Low cost?
High flexibility?
Cash flow?

   You have to understand I am perfectly comfortable at the hostel or at the Grand Wialea five star resort in Hawaii. No self image problems here, I carry joy inside me so it is not something to be found but I bring it with me as most who know me will attest.

   I bought a new iPad and I took it as a challenge to document my experience. I have a background and experience in video production. But I hate to watch boring stuff so I asked myself, what would others like to see?

   There is where the idea for my Walkabout videos came from. Taking the raw footage from the day and doing the editing is a wonderful outlet in the evenings. Matter of fact as I write this I am in my “truck suite” on the beautiful Oregon coast.

   My truck suite began as a passing thought. I got a new truck for my work. It was new to me but is actually a 1995 Nissan with only 26,000 miles. That right, for you car buffs it is 20 years of age and 26,000 miles. And if you don’t hate me yet listen to this, it was garaged for those 20 years and my customer blessed me with it for only $2500. Thank you Hank.

   Well I love to camp but hate to be cold and wet so I put my mind to work. If you see the pics I fixed up my truck with 6 inch pine tongue and groove, insulated, heated, mood lighting, comfy and warm.

   I can pull into any rest area and have my afternoon nap.

It is only day two and I am heading south along highway 101 the far west road in the states. I am heading south to until I get warm then east towards Arizona. I have 4 months and no real plans exception go out there and I have all my work gear (window washing equipment) with me so I can easily earn money as I go.

   So the dream has now become the adventure. It’s much more than just a vacation. It’s a journey I want people to join with me about as I meet amazing people, visit amazing places and get to know both myself and America better.

   I hope you will enjoy the videos I have uploaded on YouTube and you are welcome subscribe or to friend me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billcullins & www.youtube.com/billcullins

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to West Coast USA Walkabout Inspired by Shelter

  1. oh my, these comments "criticizing" the term walkabout…oh my…

    come on folks, just a fellow going off on a meandering sort of journey, much akin to the "old fashioned" walkabout…

    so he adopts the "spirit"/ the joy / the journey
    yup, even the term…

    all is good.

  2. I am so envious of your truck! Wonderful idea … enjoy the West Coast 101 … it is so beautiful, you may not want to head East to AZ … just keep on rolling down to Baja, Mexico … best wishes and safe travels on your walkabout. I like your choice of the word and what that invokes …

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