It was perhaps the most famous road trip since Jack Kerouac’s: An old bus with a psychedelic paint job, a jug of LSD-laced juice, the author of “Once Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in charge, and Kerouac’s driver at the wheel.
It’s been 49 years since Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters made the trip from California to New York. Kesey died in 2001; the bus has been rusting away in Oregon. But now his family wants to restore the bus in time for next summer's 50th anniversary of the trip, which was featured in the Tom Wolfe book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."
“The bus is essentially the best icon of the `60’s,” his son, Zane Kesey, told the Associated Press. Read the full story here.
Photo of Ken Kesey and his bus, "Further," in 1997, by Jeff Barnard/Associated Press.