Howdy! It’s hard to believe the summer is already upon us. It’s been an exciting year for the Big Green Bus and we haven’t even hit the road yet. We’re hard at work gearing up for our departure this Saturday – for now here’s a look at what we’ve been up to.
After two summers of dedicated service, our beloved MCI coach had to be retired due to costly mechanical issues at the ripe old age of 22 (that’s older than I am). Although at the outset the situation was bleak, we were lucky enough to get connected with Greyhound Lines – they were generous enough to donate a coach bus for us to convert and operate! Converting and renovating the bus has kept us busy – stay tuned though as we will be documenting the process in future blog posts!
I write this post now from the comfort an airport hanger. Yes, an airport hangar and thankfully not the harsh outdoors of the parking lot where in years past bussers have had to brave the harsh Hanover weather to work on the Bus. Many thanks go out to the Lebanon Airport and Rick Dyment for donating the hangar space to us as we work on the Bus.
With only 4 more days to go before our first event in Belfast, Maine, the hangar is buzzing with activity. We are rushing to get in the finishing touches on the Bus. Jules and Matt are wiring the electronics as Joey and Eric finish up converting the Bus to run on vegetable oil, or ‘veg’ as they call it. Even as I type, the green wrapping is being applied by Capital Wraps and it is looking really good and is weirdly fascinating to watch.
Even with some much work left to do in the next few days, at this point, all I can think about it the open road. It’s weird to think that in a little over a week I, and 12 of my Dartmouth peers, will embark on a journey across our beautiful country on a bus that runs on vegetable oil. Everyday will be a new adventure in a new place. I have no idea what to expect. The only thing I’ve come to expect is change. Whether it be personal, physical, or emotional: Change is coming… I just hope we’re ready for it.
Check back here in the coming weeks for updates on the bus and our travels and to learn more about the bus. As the work finishes on the bus more time will be going into the website which means soon the site will be filled with new and exciting information for you to explore and learn. Stay tuned!
David ‘Garz’ Garczynski
-PS I just found a frog in my chair. So cool.
-PPS here’s a picture of the bus to tide you over