Cinematic Road Trips
LSD Freedom Trip On A Psychedelic Bus Named Further
Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s LSD fueled road trip aboard this psychedelic school bus is legendary. It is said to have planted seeds that influenced The Beatles, Easy Rider, and the art of tie dye, just to name a few.
The bus named Further took a group of influential beatniks on an enlightened journey across the United States. Starting in California and arriving in New York for the 1964 World’s Fair.
The original 1939 school bus was painted in a rainbow of colors and served as a messenger to share with America a new freedom; the mind opening effects of LSD. Leading this road trip was Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, along with Neal Cassidy the man who inspired the Dean Moriarty character in Jack Kerouac’s book, On The Road.
The bus’ final trip was back home from Woodstock in 1969, where it sat to rot in on Kesey’s farm in Oregon. In 1990, a second version of the bus, also named Further, a 1947 Harvester International began reliving the past and carrying on the dream of the original trip.
Writer and fellow Merry Prankster, Tom Wolfe wrote book called, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test that documents and immortalizes the journey and it’s famous passengers.