On Hitchhiking and Immobility
After finding no further solace living from a broken down school bus in a mechanic’s parking lot, the three boys of Love, the Bus have made our way to Boston. The good news is we have a mechanic’s word on our departure date, and that it is this week (It’s okay…I just knocked on wood.)
Our route to Boston was varied. Corey ventured south first to meet up with an incredibly generous donor: an effective jumpstart to refueling our optimism. Seth and I stayed in New Hampshire, under the gracious hospitality of Heather McLean and Jeff Greenfield, hoping that the bus would be fixed quickly. By Wednesday, we completed the video for our first episode, and the progress of the bus was literally negative: the mechanic continued to find further damage done by the tow truck.
So, without further adieu, Seth and I took off on a little adventure. We decided that we wanted to go camping, and not betray chartreuse by traveling on another bus. So, naturally, we packed our bags and threw out a thumb. For two days we hitchhiked the New Hampshire countryside, swimming in the most beautiful waterfalls, appreciating the clearest of night skies, staring, mesmerized at the flickering campfire, and falling quickly into the rhythm of the road (slash trail). It was the perfect respite from thinking constantly about how long our bus would be delayed, and a good transition into rolling with the curveballs this trip will inevitably throw.
Friday night, a friend from Maine picked us up on her way to Boston and brought Seth and I to reunite with Corey. Here we have been posted, planning for the adventures to come. We will be completing a challenge this week (though regrettably later than anticipated), and hope to be on our way to New York by the weekend.
Despite the setbacks, we would like everyone to know that we are still confident in our process and are all sails ahead on continuing our Adventure for Good. The response to our first episode has been hugely gratifying and has exceptionally fueled our excitement to keep on bussing. There is so much more to see and do! We so appreciate your continued support.
Love, the Bus (and Tyler)
PS. It is important to note, for many have wondered, that the majority of damages sustained to our bus will be paid for by the company that towed the bus.