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By Catherine Bleish
Originally published on CoinTelegraph

Catherine Bleish, MPA, (@thebitmom) writes about her family and their “Uncoinventional Bitcoin Bus Tour” across the USA. The self-styled “Blush Family”—John Bush, Catherine Bleish and their two children—traveled from Philadelphia to Texas using only cryptocurrency for payments.

Flying to New Hampshire

My husband, John Bush of the SovereignBTC podcast, was invited to speak at the Free Your Mind Conference in Philadelphia in mid-April. We thought it would be the perfect time to head toward New Hampshire and pick up the Bitcoin Bus. We decided to do another bitcoin-only trip, but this time we would fly, rent a car, and return in a giant bus.

We booked our flights with bitcoin through CheapAir and created a travel itinerary that included a Lyft ride from the airport (that we would purchase with bitcoin through Gyft, a hotel booked through CheapAir, and a rental car paid for with our new WageCan debit card. Our good friend dropped us off at the airport, and our first non-minivan bitcoin excursion began.

— John and Bill at the American Airlines ticket counter

The flights were easy, but the layover gave us trouble. We had a few hours to kill, so we decided to grab lunch at a Chili’s restaurant in the airport. We purchased a US$50 gift card through Gyft and ordered our meal. The service was slow and the food was not as fresh as we would have hoped, but we were happy to be on the road and enjoying the moment.

When we handed them our phone with the digital gift card, I noticed it was taking an extraordinary amount of time to process. The manager eventually came to our table to inform us there was an issue with the card, an issue on Chili’s end that was not bitcoin related. They offered us the meal on the house and told us to keep the gift card for future use. We set the waitress up with a paper wallet and gave her a US$10 tip in BTC.

At this point, our flight was approaching departure and we basically ran through the airport with our stroller piled high with luggage and our toddlers trying to keep up. When we reached the gate, the final boarding call had already happened and there were zero passengers left in the waiting area. The American Airline staff were very understanding and let us gate-check most of our luggage to make boarding faster and easier.

— Catherine and the kids just before take off, trying to catch their breath from the sprint to the gate!

One minor mishap, but completely tolerable. Our spirits were high as we took off and then landed in Philly. While we stood in baggage claim, we pulled up our Gyft application on our phone to purchase a gift card for Lyft, but to our surprise, Gyft no longer listed Lyft as an option.

Renting a Car

How could we possibly get a ride to the hotel on bitcoin if we didn’t have Lyft as an option? It had still been listed two weeks prior when I made our travel budget, but I didn’t buy the gift card at the time (and boy, do I wish I had!). We had not yet received our bitcoin debit card through WageCan, but we knew we would have it once we arrived in New Hampshire.

John got the idea to contact rental car places two days early to see whether any of them would allow us to use a regular credit card to place the hold, but then only charge our WageCan card after we received it. Three phone calls later, Enterprise agreed to rent us a car and wait to charge use when we had our new card.

— John at the Enterprise counter, Bill running off steam, and Aliana taking a rest

This second mishap was more of a headache due to the timing. Our kids were tired and ready to settle in for the night. We were tired and ready to settle in for the night. Once we figured out the solution, we felt on top of the world. We bought our hotel with bitcoin on CheapAir as we drove toward the event, and recorded a joyful podcast that ended with us pulling up to the hotel. Two mishaps, two victories—we felt good.

— Aliana sleeping in the rental car paid for with a WageCan bitcoin debit card

Booking a Hotel

John returned to the car with a look on his face that made my heart sink. The hotel did not have a reservation for us. Our bitcoin payment had gone through, I had already posted a pic of the confirmation to Instagram, so what was the problem?

— Bitcoin Confirmation screen from CheapAir

It ended up that there was a non-bitcoin related issue with CheapAir’s reservation system. It took about an hour and a half to resolve, but thankfully CheapAir has wonderful customer service, and we were able to figure out a solution in much better time than we experienced with other bitcoin hotel-booking systems we had used in the past. We finally settled in for the night well after midnight. What a first day we had on the road (or should I say in the air?).

Free Your Mind Conference

The next day John gave a speech on unschooling, Bitcoin and his concept called Freedom Cells. John has been studying bottom-up social organization through small groups of 8 to 12. Freedom Cells are decentralized peer-to-peer groups where participants commit to mutual aid and mutual defense. This form of social organization can be enhanced using blockchain technology through smart contracts and other applications.

— John Speaking at the Free Your Mind Conference

In the lobby of the event were many vendors selling books, artwork, jewelry and other goods. As we walked around, I realized that no one was accepting bitcoin! When my daughter found a handmade necklace that she adored, I asked the merchant if she would allow us to pay in bitcoin. She had never heard of the cryptocurrency so I explained the history and purpose, and told her about our bitcoin-only travels. She immediately downloaded the Airbitz wallet and directory, so my daughter made her first ever bitcoin purchase. I think it’s time to set her up with her own wallet!

— Aliana making her first bitcoin purchase through the Airbitz wallet

After the conference, we finished our last night at the hotel and took off for New Hampshire. We stopped at a Whole Foods to do a bitcoin shopping run through Gyft. With coolers loaded, we were back on the road with the bus as our destination.

— Catherine on the New Hampshire border 

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By JP BUNTINX
Originally posted on Digital Money Times.

In the world of Bitcoin, there are so many interesting and innovative ideas and projects going on that will never cease to amaze you.  While there is a lot of focus on the monetary aspect of Bitcoin; exchange prices, volatility and so forth, as well as on the technology side; blockchain, sidechains, assets,  you could almost forget that there are other things that matter too, like the Bitcoin Bus for example.

Keene, New Hampshire

Before you get any crazy ideas in your head, this is not a bus driving around the United States and handing out free Bitcoin at certain stops.  As I’ve mentioned multiple times by now, there is no such thing as people giving away money unless it’s being sponsored by a major corporation.  The Bitcoin Bus does none of that, but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular.

The United States have a large and well-documented history of interstate, large-vehicle liberty tours.  In fact, most of these tours have all started or passed by the same spot on the map.  This spot is located in Keene, New Hampshire, USA. With a population of 23,409 [according to 2010 statistics] you might be wondering what makes this town so unique.

Keene is the centre of insurance, education and tourism in the New Hampshire region and is best known for hosting the annualPumpkin Fest.  But that is not all, as Keene regularly hosts performances by community groups and has become home to an active voluntary group known as “Free Keene”, associated with theFree State Project.

On the topic of famous bus tours starting at or passing through the town of Keene, you may know names such as Motorhome Diaries and Liberty on Tour.  But what may put Keene, New Hampshire, truly on the Bitcoin map is the new “uncoinventional” Bitcoin Bus tour, which will travel all across the Eastern United States.

John Bush & Catherine Bleish

The two “masterminds” behind the Bitcoin Bus tour are John Bush and Catherine Bleish.  If you are a fan of the “Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network”,  you may have listed to a podcast calledSovereignBTC, which is hosted by John Bush.  Furthermore, John is the executive producer of Sovereign Living, a reality show about him and his family trying to live “off the centralized grid” as much as possible.

Catherine Bleish is a well-respected writer for Bitcoin Magazine, Money and Tech and Yahoo Travel.  You may have seen her appear on the Sovereign Living reality show as well,  as she is married to John.   Or you may have seen Catherine in action during one of her speeches regarding alternate currencies, raising sovereign children or natural living across the US.

Catherine’s latest passion is all about introducing the unschooling community to the world of digital currency,  at the same time presenting the virtues of unschooling to the digital currency community.  And this is where the uncoinventional Bitcoin Bus tour comes into the picture, as it will serve as a platform to spread the word about Bitcoin and unschooling.

Notorious Stops Along The Way

John and Catherine will be joined by their two kids on this trip across the Eastern United States and their first stop will be in New York, famous for its BitLicense proposal to regulate Bitcoin. The family have one goal in mind: only spend bitcoins along the way to cover any and all expenses they encounter.  It has to be noted that this is not the family’s first Bitcoin tour, yet it is the very first time they are using the Bitcoin Bus to reach their destination which is their hometown of Austin, Texas.

Such an undertaking would not be possible without some well-needed sponsorship in Bitcoin.  LRN.FM is sponsoring the Bitcoin Bus itself – in Bitcoin of course! – as well as new companies such as WageCan.  For those of you who have never heard of WageCan, they offer a Bitcoin-based Mastercard tied to a bank account in Hong Kong.

Source: FreeKeene

Images Courtesy of FreeKeene, UnschoolBus

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By Ian Freeman
Originally posted on FreeKeene.com 

In the long tradition of interstate, large-vehicle liberty tours launching from Keene including Motorhome Diaries and Liberty on Tour, the Bitcoin Bus kicks off an “uncoinventional” tour across the Eastern United States!  Free State Project participants John Bush, Cat Bleish and their two kids have taken possession of theUnschool Bus and have converted it into the Bitcoin Bus!

Today, the family rolled out from the Shire to their next destination in New York and will stop in other places along the way to their home of Austin, Texas.  Along the way their goal is to spend only bitcoin.  This is the family’s third bitcoin-only tour, but the first for the Bitcoin Bus!

LRN.FM is sponsoring the bus (with bitcoin, of course) as are some other great sponsors including the super-cool newWageCan, which is finally offering a bitcoin-based Mastercard tied to a bank account in Hong Kong.

You can follow them along via their Uncoinventional websitewhich features a podcast and plenty of photos.

Inside the Bitcoin Bus

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By Sarah Jenn
Originally published on NewsBTC.com

A family of four from Texas is putting the existence of bitcoin to the test by using only the cryptocurrency to pay for their vacation expenses. John Bush and Catherine Bleish, along with their two children aged two and three, are heading to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States to host bitcoin educational events in the area.

The family will be riding a school-bus-turned-RV so they dubbed their adventure as the “Unconventional Bitcoin Bus Tour”, which is their third bitcoin-funded vacation in two years. They want to drum up interest in the cryptocurrency and introduce more people to how it functions.

Travel with Bitcoin

“When we travel on bitcoin,” said Bleish, “we inspire others to spend theirs, we introduce new people to the currency, and we help bitcoin merchants overcome glitches in their systems. This strengthens the network for us all.”

“We want to work out the kinks from the system so that people new to Bitcoin don’t meet with hardship when they use it for the first time,” added Bush.

Of course they already encountered a few challenges during their vacation. For instance, in New Hampshire they had to deal with difficulties in failed hotel reservations and a lost gift card. However, Bush maintained that they are willing to put themselves through the inconvenience in order to figure out how to improve the bitcoin ecosystem.

Bush and Bleish reiterated that there are several benefits to relying purely on bitcoin for travel, as this eliminates the need to carry plenty of cash or credit cards. “The problem with using credit cards and debit cards is that you have to give up your address and social security number with your bank accounts and these can be hacked and people’s identities can be stolen and have their money taken,” Bush explains.

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By George Donnelly

This was originally published on CoinBuzz.

A Texas family of four is putting the Bitcoin ecosystem to the test by traveling down the Eastern seaboard of the United States using only bitcoin to pay their expenses.

John Bush, Catherine Bleish and their two children, ages 3 and 2 – the self-styled “Blush” family – are hosting educational Bitcoin events in New Hampshire, New York City, Asheville, NC, Pensacola, FL, and Houston as they drive back home in the Bitcoin Bus, a school bus turned RV.

“We want to work out the kinks from the system so that people new to Bitcoin don’t meet with hardship when they use it for the first time,” said Bush.

The family’s “Uncoinventional Bitcoin Bus Tour” is their third cross-country trip funded exclusively by bitcoin in the last two years.

“When we travel on bitcoin,” said Bleish, “we inspire others to spend theirs, we introduce new people to the currency, and we help bitcoin merchants overcome glitches in their systems. This strengthens the network for us all.”

The tour has already met with some “pain-in-the-neck moments,” said Bush while driving in New Hampshire, including lost hotel reservations and a failed gift card. “We are willing to inconvenience ourselves because we believe so strongly in the technology and the potential it has,” he said.

The “Blush” family is using Bitcoin services such as CheapAir.com for airplane tickets, the WageCan bitcoin debit card, the Airbitz mobile wallet and Bitcoin directory as well as the Gyft gift card service.

There are benefits to using bitcoin when traveling, Bush says. “The problem with using credit cards and debit cards is that you have to give up your address and social security number with your bank accounts and these can be hacked and people’s identities can be stolen and have their money taken. In order to set up a Bitcoin account, you don’t have to give any personally identifiable information, whatsoever.”

Purchasing gas presents a unique challenge for the roving family. “The tools have changed and it’s constantly evolving,” Bush said. A service they used on a previous tour went out of business but he is relying on the WageCan bitcoin debit card for gas purchases this time around.

The couple started using Bitcoin for political and privacy reasons but Bush had a “eureka moment” when he realized how much cheaper and easier to use Bitcoin was when compared to Western Union.

Get more information about the tour, including the schedule of meetups, at uncoinventional.com.

 

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Here is our schedule so far, subject to change:

Wednesday April 15 Bitcoin Happy Hour Meetup in Manchester, NH: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=633007443498466

Wednesday April 15 Dinner Meetup in Manchester, NH: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1606571686225048

Thursday April 16 Unschool Meetup on the beach NH: https://m.facebook.com/events/1657525367800419/1657525374467085/?refid=18&ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_comment

Thursday April 16 Portsmouth Liberty MeetUp (we were too tired to attend!). : https://m.facebook.com/events/811197642309436/?refid=18&ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_comment

Friday April 17 Logos Applied. First Night in the bus! Keene, NH

Saturday April 18 Brunch Meetup in Keene, Fix Brakes, Head toward NYC

Sunday April 19 drive toward Philly, boondocked in CT

Monday April 20 Philly

Tuesday April 21 Philly

Wednesday April 22 Philly

Thursday April 23 Drive Toward Missouri

Friday April 24 Saint Louis

Saturday April 25 Lake

Sunday April 26 Drive to KC

Monday April 27 Drive toward TX

Tuesday April 28 Texas

Wednesday April 29 Home

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By Kelly Halldorson
Originally published on KellyHalldorson.com.

It’s 10:07pm. I’m in Portsmouth (NH) at my office, working: printing photos and now writing. At least one kiddo is home, another at a friend’s house and the third at his own home about three hours away. Jeff, my love, is near Manchester on the side a roadway changing the oil and working on our old friend, the Unschool Bus. Although, that’s not the name anymore. It’s now the Bitcoin Bus and it has a new family. You see we gave it away to the Blush Family (the Sovereign Living folks).

 

They plan to take the bus and travel with their two young children doing so using only Bitcoin. That’s why they are calling it the Bitcoin Bus. :D

How did this happen? It’s pretty simple really. Anyone who followed the Unschool Bus or my family likely knows I’ve been wanting to give the bus away to another family for some time now. The idea came to me about two years ago when we were making plans to transition out of the bus, be a bit more settled and possibly invest in a different type of traveling vehicle with a new focus. I had hoped/planned on doing some kind of contest…maybe one where people sold copies of my The Unschool Bus book.  A book I had originally planned to self-publish like we didSkeletons Don’t Sleep but have since decided to go a more traditional publishing route (more about that another time).

In the summer of 2013 some of those ideas shifted as we found ourselves in a position to purchase a small rundown/beat-up house (in the most perfect spot ever). All thanks to the generous support of a good friend, bewildering luck and the perfect circumstances. It wasn’t all good stuff that was happening though, my grandfather’s health was in decline and I was spending nearly every bit of spare time helping him. In the early fall we moved our bus over to our new property (also in Rye) and parked behind the house. Our plans were to spend some time making the house livable but to stay in the bus until we were able to do that.

The town building inspector didn’t like that idea.  We were threatened and forced to move out of the bus and into the barely habitable house. Seriously, a school bus was a safer place to live than this house in reality. That wasn’t enough for him either. He insisted we move the bus to the front of the property so that he could inspect it at all times. You know, to make sure we weren’t lying and still staying in it. He assured us “our safety” was his only concern. I still find it funny we parked for months at a time in the same town closer to his office over the previous three years but somehow that was never a problem.

We briefly got a lawyer involved. That seemed to make matters worse. Eventually Jeff went down and had a long talk with him, bowed to his authority and we promised we would stay out of the bus but insisted if we move it to the front of the property the neighbors would hate us. He agreed and backed off. He hasn’t really bothered us since. (Knock on wood). At this point my grandfather’s health was in further decline. I spent my time bringing him to doctor’s visits, doing his paperwork and being his advocate during hospital and rehab stints. Our lives had become cram packed with all sorts of eldercare and kids’ stuff. Driver’s licenses! All three got their driver’s licenses in a matter of a few months. That included endless practice driving and two of them countless hours of Driver’s Ed classes and lessons. Jeff was plunging back into the building and maintenance world.

There was no time to self-publish a book (regardless of it being nearly complete). And there was certainly no time to try and organize a contest.

My grandfather passed away at the end of winter last year and we moved the bus over to his property not long after. It’s been mostly sitting. We’ve gone over to visit, started it and made sure there were no mice or rodents living in it but for the most part it’s been sitting.

Fast forward to sometime this winter. People were still asking where the bus was and if I was still planning on passing it on. Yes, I’d always reply. If I could only find the time to organize something. We wanted the family to be just the right family. And we put money, time and energy into this bus…giving it away…instead of selling it…kind of a big deal. We met the Blush family at Porcfest a few years ago. Just briefly. We watched a couple episodes of their homegrown reality show, Sovereign Living and followed some of their adventures on facebook. I knew they had lost their farm. And they were trying to find ways to get their life shifted back on track. It’s been a bumpy year for them. Cat Bleish, the mom, posted on facebook about looking for a place to live. It turned into one of those huge threads that more closely resembled a chatroom than a facebook post. People popped in with ideas. I suggested places and somehow in that thread someone mentioned our bus…and I replied…saying I did want to give it away…and the conversation shifted to private message.

I asked a lot of questions. I explained what we were looking for in a family and what I had hoped originally to do with my book promotion. Turns out her family was purchasing a book store and when the time came they would happily help promote the Unschool Bus (book). Neither John nor Cat had much experience with mechanical things. That worried us a bit because skoolies are temperamental beasts. And even with Jeff being able to fix/diagnose nearly anything we ran into plenty of times where we needed outside help. I asked Cat to visit some skoolie forums and tried my best to share all the hard parts of owning/living in a bus. Since most of the amazing stuff is already out there for the world to read. I didn’t want them to have any misconceptions about the challenges. It’s no RV. That’s for sure.

They also agreed not to sell the bus. If they find out it’s just not for them the plan is to pass it on to another family or give it back to us so we can find one. We don’t want the bus ever sitting for a long time unloved and unworked on.

So, we talked. We checked in with each other with questions and we agreed they could have the bus. At that point the only problem seemed to be the snow. Water tanks were drained and the bus was completely blocked in by snow. I had figured Porcfest would be a good place/time to do the handoff but they weren’t coming up this year. John had an event to attend in the northeast this month so we agreed to make the exchange this week. Turns out time was pretty good as the snow JUST finished melting around the bus days before their arrival and the ground is still cold enough we didn’t sink in the mud too much getting it out. The unfortunate things were we weren’t able to get it cleaned as much as I’d liked and there was some kind of water filter crack we only found yesterday. Needless to say there will be a few things they will need to work on themselves or have worked on.

Cat, John and kids arrived in New Hampshire late Sunday night. We met up with them last evening. I’d spent the weekend with the kids saying goodbye to the bus and getting out the rest of our belongings. Jeff had come checked on the mechanical things on the bus. There was nothing we were aware of being wrong with the bus other than a brake line issue. Jeff had already fixed it by splicing it but we both requested they have the bus looked at before driving it to Texas with the kids. It’s been sitting. Who knows. The bus likes to run.

We had a great evening last night. Went over some things with the bus. John drove it around the block with Jeff, we gave them a bill of sale (for $1 – it’s how you get plates here in NH) and then we went to dinner at La Festa. Their kids are adorable and both John and Cat are pretty cool and resourceful people. And while they may not have much mechanical knowledge they do have a strong community of people that could help them if need be.This afternoon they got their plates and picked up the bus. :D

Things started well from what I understand but at some point they broke down. Jeff left work to go help. He’s still the on the side of the road. He changed the oil and did some other stuff. Batteries are dead so we called a tow truck for a jump (and/or tow if need be). It’s 11:30 he is an hour away and he has to work in the morning. I love him.

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I asked, “Do you still miss the bus?”

“Yes, I’m good. I am fine spending these last moments with our bus. I love the bus. I feel like I’m helping real friend.”

Yesterday when I was writing out the bill of sale. Jeff looked at it. “Huh, VIN number. That’s something I’d get tattooed on me.”

I thought for a second and agreed, “Me too.”

Later I text Wolf that dad and I were going to get that tattoo. And he said, “Oh really, I’d do that.” And when we got home Griffin said the same….and when Xoey got home she did too. <3 So, maybe there is a family trip to a tattoo shop in our future.

And here is a shot Cat took of the bus and it’s new family :D You can follow their journeys on facebook and all around the web. http://uncoinventional.com/

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It’s 11:54pm. Text from Jeff… “I fixed her. I am almost in tears.”

We’ll all miss you Unschool Bus. And please remember to be nice to your new family.

Goodnight internet.

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This was originally posted on Let’s Talk Bitcoin.

Bumpy Start on The Uncoinventional Bitcoin Bus Tour

Published on April 12th, 2015 by Catherine Bleish

Yesterday was the first day of ourthird bitcoin-only cross country tour. This time, instead of traveling in our family minivan, we flew to the North East in order to pick up a converted school bus (basically, a bus turned into an RV for full time living and travel). John is getting ready for his speech on Freedom Cells at the Free Your Mind Conference, and our kiddos are sleeping in from the long night.

Below you can read my travel journal depicting our first day on the road (or should I say, “in the air”) and the issues we faced:

Saturday April 11

Just when I thought bitcoin-only travel had become easy (for us), today happened. Today is day one of our Bitcoin Bus Tour. We flew out to Philadelphia for the Free Your Mind Conference so John could give a talk on Freedom Cells (an innovative way to use blockchain technology to organize society from the bottom up). Here we are at 1 AM with no hotel, although we have paid for two. The situation is unraveling as I type this, so let me tell you about the start to our trip.

The first issue I had paying with BTC on this tour was during the planning phase. I went to Target to get some luggage for myself and the kids (in our previous tours we used big tubs to organize our gear in the back of our van). The first issue was my mistake, I put in the USD amount of $100 into my Airbitz wallet instead of copying the BTC amount requested by Gyft. Whoops. Even though I figured out the problem and sent more BTC, the Target gift card never showed up. Then, at the register I bought another gift card, which usually shows up instantly, but it had a ten minute delay.

I contacted gyft and they said they had made some changes that will temporarily delay btc processing for about 10 minutes. So John and I used that knowledge while planning our departure, and decided to not buy cards at the register during this trip, as we had on previous bitcoin-only trips. The last second purchases worked great in 2014, but we this time around we don’t want to risk holding up a line waiting for a gift card to land. We’ll go back to our on-the-fly shopping when gyft has switched back to the instant process times. I feel very blessed to have built a relationship with the company, giving us easy access to this sort of information, and allowing us to plan ahead.

The lessons of that situation? Use the BTC address given to pay, and buy your cards earlier than you think you’ll need them!

So we get our plane tickets via CheapAir, we take off from Austin, we land in Chicago for a 2 hour layover, and we decide to grab a bite to eat at an airport Chiles. We buy our gift card from gyft when we order so we know it will land in our gyft card wallet before its time to pay. How organized and on the ball we felt. Then we got our food. Yuck. Browning guacamole, wilted lettuce, oil pico de gallo. John sent his salad back and I started to feel the pressure of time. We finally eat and get our tab. We handed our waitress John’s phone with the gyft card for Chiles pulled up, and then we wait… and wait…. finally a manager comes back and says the card isn’t processing and that the problem is on Chiles’ end.

After much conversation, they told us the meal was on them and to catch our flight we were now urgently late for. We pulled out a paper wallet, paid the waitress $10 in bitcoin as a tip, then ran to our plane to find that everyone had already been boarded. Thankfully we made our flight. I felt like that was enough bitcoin payment drama for one day, and was excited to land and head to our hotel.

When we landed we messaged the friend who said he might be able to pick us up, but it was so late we decided to get a ride on lyft by purchasing a gift card on gyft. John opens his phone to discover that gyft no longer offers gift cards for lyft! That’s right, the ride share program we had planned to use for all of our airport shuffling is not longer listed as a gift card option on gyft. We then had no way to travel via car on bitcoin.

At this point we figure we are royally screwed. We search for bitcoin cab companies, we check egifter for other ride options, nothing. Then John has a brilliant idea – what if we rent our car a few days early? What if we find a car company that will let us use a debit card as a deposit, then allow us to pay the final bill with a bitcoin backed debit card that we will receive from WageCan later this week.

After calling 3 places, Enterprise says that will work for them. So we wait for 20 to 30 min for an Enterprise shuttle on the side of the airport sidewalk, we ride 10 minutes to the Enterprise office, and they say the debit cards won’t work since we want to return it out of state. Thankfully I wasn’t there to hear the news, I may have cried at that point! Natalie, the awesome woman helping us, made some calls and got us all set up with a car. Victory! Crisis avoided, although we had to use a non-btc debit card to make the hold (I think this could have been avoided if we already had our BTC backed debit card).

As we drove we book our hotel via CheapAir, we record our day 1 podcast, we were feeling good…. then we arrive at our hotel to find they did not get a reservation for us! Gah! Again! Our luggage, our meal, our rental car and now our hotel?

This starts an hour and a half process of figuring out where to stay. Thankfully, CheapAir has email support overnight and they will call you if you email your phone number. We tried booking a second hotel, expecting a refund on the first, but we booked after midnight east coast time and apparently that caused an error. So here I sit in the parking lot while John figures out where we will finally rest our head (literally when I typed that, John knocked on the window to let me know we are staying at the first hotel we tried!).

Day one complete. Hopefully day two is a bit more smooth!

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By plane, by car, and finally by bus, the Blush family will live on bitcoin only until they return to Texas. The family departed this weekend on their third “Uncoinventional” bitcoin-only cross country tour.

They arrived in Philadelphia by plane for the Free Your Mind Conference, then will drive in a rental car to New Hampshire where they will pick up their new home on wheels, The Bitcoin Bus.

Upon their return, the family will take over their new family business, Brave New Books. The Austin based “underground” bookstore was founded by Harlan Dietrich in 2006 and is the first brick and mortar in Texas, and possibly the South, to accept bitcoin.

The Blush Family is using services like Cheap Air and BTC Trip to book their flights and hotels with bitcoin. Food is purchased directly with bitcoin at establishments listed in the Airbitz bitcoin directory, and via giftcard at restaurants available through Gyft. They do their organic grocery shopping at Whole Foods with a gyft card.

For other purchases like gasoline and miscelaneous expenses, the family is excited to try WageCan, a brand new bitcoin wallet and DebitCard that allows you to make purchases with the card at any establishment that accepts MasterCard.

John Bush, the Father and Captain of The Bitcoin Bus, is looking forward to using the new service. “For the longest time, Bitcoin has needed a tool to bridge the gap between bitcoin and merchants everywhere”, said John. “While its been tried before with little to no success by other companies, we’re pumped to take WageCan’s bitcoin debit card for a test drive. It will make purchases that used to be impossible, (like gasoline) a breeze!”

In 2014 John Bush, Catherine Bleish, and their two children traveled through 26 states and spent only bitcoin for food, gasoline and housing.

Their only non-bitcoin expense was a toll road in the North East that they were unprepared for.

Nearly one year after their initial bitcoin roadtrip departure, they are upping the anti and paving the way for bitcoin only travel with the Uncoinventional Bitcoin Bus Tour.

Their mission is to test the limits of the bitcoin ecosystem and empower individuals to use the currency in their daily lives. Catherine Bleish explains, “When we travel on bitcoin we inspire others to spend theirs, we introduce new people to the currency, and we help bitcoin merchants overcome glitches in their systems. This strengthens the network for us all!”

You can follow their daily SovereignBTC podcast feed on the Lets Talk Bitcoin Network. They are also keeping a photo journal on Instagram @uncoinventional.

Their first podcast can be found here: https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/introducing-the-uncoinventional-bitcoin-bus-tour

The family will be hosting events in New Hampshire, New York City, Asheville, Pensacola, and Houston as they drive back home.

CHECK OUT OUR TOUR SPONSORS!

WageCan – WageCan is a online and mobile wallet along with a debit card that can be loaded with bitcoin!

BitMain Tech – The #1 mining company in the industry, Bitmain is honest, reliable, efficient, and effective. For expert and novice alike, Bitmain is the best choice.

Liberty Radio Network – Check out the entertaining and informative shows on the Liberty Radio Network including Free Talk Like (the show that introduced Roger Ver to BTC!), Freedoms Phoenix w/ Ernest Hancock, and the SovereignBTC podcast.

CheapAir.com – The first service to offer flights for bitcoin, CheapAir.com doesn’t just accept bitcoin to make an extra buck, they are loud and proud about their support for crypto-currency. With their excellent customer service and easy to use platform, make them your go to source for traveling on bitcoin.

AirBitz – AirBitz is a mobile wallet that doubles a bitcoin directory, using GPS to show you bitcoin friendly merchants in your area.

****Logos are being applied to the bus next week, there is still time to sponsor!****

SOVEREIGNBTC SPONSORS

GRCooling.com/bitcoin – Green Revolution Cooling liquid submersion cooling – the most effective solution for Bitcoin mining data centers!

Gem – Bitcoin API and multi-signature wallet to help programmers develop simple and secure bitcoin applications. Try their platform for free today at GEM.CO.

Veldt Gold – Recognized and trusted in the Bitcoin community, Veldt Gold is your leader in sound money solutions. Veldt Gold has fast shipping and the ability to send and receive encrypted messages. They also will buy your gold and silver in exchange for bitcoin!

DONATE TO THE UNCOINVENTIONAL TOUR TODAY, YOUR CRYPTO WILL BE USED TO GROW THE BITCOIN ECOSYSTEM!

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