The Love Bus Rolls Into Cold Spring
By Alison Rooney
Drivers headed north or south on Route 9D on Wednesday may have noticed an unusual sight by the baseball fields’ parking area: a bright green school bus gussied up with a map of the U.S. and various social media logos and the enigmatic wording of http://www.lovethebus.tv/ inviting second and third glances. A visit to the bus, whose actual name is ‘Chartreuse’ revealed its origins and purpose. The concept for The Love Bus began with three self-described “boys from Maine,” Seth Brown, Tyler Dunham and Corey McLean. From a town even smaller than this one, the three have been friends since early childhood, and they have always been athletic, outdoorsy and in search of adventure. As kids they built an extensive snowboard terrain park in the woods, complete with jumps and obstacles – things they are still employing in their current venture. By their teens they fundraised to bring a full-scale terrain park to a nearby mountain. Eight years later, the park is still in use.
Now, having recently graduated from college, they were seeking one last group hurrah and came up with the notion of, as Brown puts it, “Don’t start looking for work — let’s go buy a bus!” Or, as they describe it on their website: “We bought a bus to take a road trip. Always movers and shakers, we couldn’t quite stop there and so we built this platform to give back as we went. Essentially, as we drive our bus across country, we’ll accept challenges from our viewers. We’ll attempt to complete one of these every week, and if we do, we’ll give money we raise in that location, plus an equivalent amount of money we’ve already raised, to an organization that our viewers also suggest. We also post videos nearly every day to update our followers of our location and travels.” They plan to fuel their vehicle almost completely with vegetable oil (a small amount of diesel is needed to flush grease out at the end of day). They’re trying to partner with waste contractors and will also be going to restaurants en route and getting grease out of their grease traps.
Backed by their families, they have had a lot of help from parents and other relatives in gearing up for the trip, in particular with the professional carpentry, which has given a polish to the bunks (six in all) and countertops inside Joining the threesome, just over a week ago, are two more adventurers, Kevin, a friend from Boston, and Kelsey, herself just back from earlier adventures in Thailand. Kelsey was excited about joining the group, “It’s nice to be around people who want to do the non-traditional. How can you gain a perspective on the world without knowing the full range of your own country?”