The Flying Tortoise, as the 1977 Bedford Bus has been christened is an exemplary example of pure dedication and sheer ingenuity. Keith, who resides in his hand made home, is equally proud of his off the rut living. Being a simple man and following simplistic ways of living, he has dedicated almost 21 years of his life living off-the-grid. Hopping on and off between his mobile homes, he has toggled extensively between his boat and his now on road home, the Flying Tortoise.
The name of his haven may make the Flying Tortoise sound like it is sparsely furnished, but that’s definitely not the case. One would find it extremely surprising to know that the mobile home on four wheels has more features combined than any other mobile house around. The 131 square feet house encompasses within it a world of its own, besotted with creativity and charm.
The interiors have been very tastefully done up, right from the master bedroom to the in-built office and media center. The bus has been electronically wired up with the help of three solar panels, all of which provide a total of 335 Watts of electrical energy. Further, Keith has made use of eighteen cigarette lighter sockets to take care of his electrical requirements.
The bedroom encloses a huge, spacious king sized bed, along with roll-down blinds and an excellent, breath- taking view of the mounted herbal garden dotting the periphery of the vehicle. Giving company to his bedroom is a compact, neat little kitchen with all the modern necessities in place.
The water requirements have been taken care of by small containers fitted below the sink to provide water 24/7. For those cold wintery nights, Keith has fixed a special 30-liter water unit over a wooden stove, providing him nice and hot water for cozy, warm baths.
There is an additional folding shower which has been fixed to the side of the bus. This enclosed area not only provides a lot of privacy to the bather, it even has a special arrangement for siphoning off water from a small bilge pump. The dirty water runs through the nooks and crevices, right onto the ground. If you notice carefully, Keith has taken care of absolutely every possible, minute detail.
Even though the modular vehicle has been designed with all the modern amenities in place, there are times when even Keith must be feeling the need to move into a more stable home. After all, how much safety can a house on wheels provide when it itself has to be fixed with a handbrake.