It’s a bit of a cliche, one often seen in movies and novels, when women realize they’ve been cheated on, and gang up to get back on the two-timer. This past summer, three women found something better than revenge, companionship and an unforgettable experience.
“This guy had told each of us that it was his dream to pick up a VW bus and travel around the country in it,” said Abi Roberts, 19, who has been traveling with Bekah King, 18 and Morgan Tabor, 21. “We were sitting around laughing and talking about the van life that weekend, and pretty soon we thought, ‘Hey, we can do this.’”
They call it ‘The BAM Bus,’ and have been documenting their adventure on Instagram using the same moniker formed from their first initials. The bus is 30-years-old, even older than the girls, and the girls renovated it themselves, with a little help from family members and YouTube videos. “We took out the seats and flooring, painted the ceiling, put in new floors, siding and insulation and built bunk beds and a roof deck,” Tabor said. The renovations took 2 ½ months, but the girls had been talking since December when Tabor noticed something strange on Social Media.
His social media had been filled with flirty comments and when she looked up the names of the other girls, Tabor saw her boyfriend’s face plastered all over other people’s social media. Immediately, she reached out. Roberts was shocked, her boyfriend had been coming to visit her from Boise, where Tabor and King also live, and had just left Utah, where Roberts lives. The three girls were in the middle of a revealing FaceTime call, when the boyfriend showed up at Tabor’s door with flowers.
In a total badass move, Tabor shut him down. Roberts commented on the moment saying “He wanted to surprise her. Morgan grabs the flowers, puts them on the floor, and is like “I made some new friends today’ and showed him her phone with the two of us on FaceTime. His face just dropped. It was so priceless to see.” He tried to talk his way out of it, and make excuses, but the girls had none of it. Then came the long process of healing. Instead of blaming each other, the girls continued to talk, finding they had a lot in common, like their love of the movie ‘Megamind.’
They started to meet up in Boise, which is where they decided to embark on their road trip.The girls take turns driving, all work remotely and budgeting to keep the trip going as long as they can. They’ve gone through Idaho, to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, the Sawtooth Mountains and want to end their trip on a beach in California. To the three girls, it’s not about betrayal, but the bonds that are made. They are thankful for being brought together, but believe their ex-boyfriend doesn’t define them. They are finding companionship in each other, and enjoying the experience.