Love that Bus ~ Interview
Love that Bus
6/16/2011 3:20:00 PM
Three young Lincolnville men plan to set out in July in a retrofitted school bus to travel across country and document what they see and who they meet. Along the way, the boys on Love, the Bus will be raising money for good works and donating both time and money to community efforts – particularly those that involve youth.
But this is a road trip in the interactive digital age, so www.lovethebus.tv will be posting daily video updates to YouTube, tweeting on Twitter, and getting input from viewers on where Love, the Bus should go and who the team should meet.
“Our viewers are going to control our route to some extent,” said Seth Brown, 23. Brown and his two life-long friends, Tyler Dunham, 24, and Corey McLean, 23, bought the recently retired school bus in January and conducted a fund-raising campaign to retrofit it for travel. The bus, which sleeps six, has a galley/salon, bathroom, video workstation, rooftop deck and back porch. The retrofit was done by the team.
How about their parallel parking skills?
“This is the biggest city we’ve driven it to, yet,” said Dunham, referring to Rockland, where the bus was parked in The Free Press parking lot on North Main Street.
“We had to drive around the block a couple of times to figure out where we could park,” he said.
The trio plan to put their video, website design, photography and environmental backgrounds to work on the road, both in documenting their trip and sharing it on interactive media and in community outreach and volunteerism along the way.
“The plan is pretty spontaneous and I am really looking forward to that,” said Brown. The team plans to leave Maine mid-July, aim for New Hampshire, then Boston, Connecticut and Rhode Island and hit Baltimore in August. So far, they have loose plans to help on a building project at a camp for special-needs children and are seeking input on other possibilities of volunteering and raising money for worthy causes along the first leg of their route.
“There are not a lot of job prospects out there right now, so why not risk it and see what good we can do in the world and help others do good and document it along the way?” said Brown. “That’s our goal; get a lot of people involved and foster change.”
After Baltimore, the bus will head west, directed by their digital followers and by whim.
The Love, the Bus team has raised enough money for a three-month road trip. After that, who knows?
“I can’t quite see myself doing this for five years, but who knows?” said Brown. “We’ll see what happens.”