Though Ken Kesey had left the iconic Furthur bus to rot on swampland on his Oregon farm, a few years after his death, his son Zane pulled it out and (very recently) restored it. Why save a bus fueled on LSD and free love and other of-the-era energy? Earlier this year, Jason Johnson, executive director of the Furthur Down the Road Foundation, told SF Gate, "We'd like to create a rolling exhibit, and take the restored bus around the nation or loan it out to universities and educate people about Ken Kesey's life, his art and his work." And so it is.
The bus has been traveling around the country, thanks to a successful Kickstarter, and for the past few days has been in New York, starting out at Brooklyn Bowl this past Friday, and at a Woodstock Reunion upstate. You can see the sign reads "Further" and not "Furthur," but both are correct and both have been used on both of the Further/Furthur busses (Kesey built a second one in the 1990s).
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Peter Shapiro, the owner of Brooklyn Bowl and publisher of Relix, snapped this shot. The bus also hit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where it parked next to the Unisphere for a bit on Sunday, and Times Square today.
— Relix Magazine (@RelixMag) August 23, 2014
As you probably read about in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the bus was originally purchased by Ken Kesey in 1964 for a cross-country trip with the Merry Pranksters. Neal Cassady was behind the wheel on that California to New York journey, and it was all filmed, and in 2011 much of the footage was finally released via the documentary Magic Trip: