Beyond “Further” – Day One of the 2012 Magic Love Bus Journey

Further Magic Bus

Kesey and his Merry Pranksters out on the road in and on Further.

Almost fifty years ago Ken Kesey and his crew of “Merry Pranksters” cast off in their day glow painted school bus named “Further” from their home base in La Honda, just south of San Francisco,  on a cross country journey to visit New York and also Professor Timothy Leary. Their journey ultimately changed the consciousness of America and the world in ways they could not have anticipated.

Crew and guests of the 2012 Magic Love Bus Journey in Ken Kesey's Driveway in La Honda.

So how fitting that on the first full day of our 2012 Magic Love Bus Journey, we had the honor of camping out in the very driveway in La Honda that the Merry Pranksters launched from in 1964. Almost fifty years later we share their same intention of turning people on and changing consciousness. But our intention in 2012 is to encourage people to turn on to themselves by tuning into their own hearts, without the assistance of LSD.

While we honor the mind and heart opening work that Ken Kesey and his band of Pranksters did in altering people’s consciousness, we intent to go Beyond Further by tuning people into themselves, each other and the earth - naturally. Our mission is to heal divisions by inviting all people to agree to love. On our Magic Love Bus, “Love” is the drug we’ll be sharing.

While Timothy Leary advocated that people use LCD to “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out”, we encourage people to “Tune in” to their own personal magic, “Turn On” to the transformative power of love and “Break Thru” to another possible world.

We’d like to thank Terry Adams and his lovely wife Eva for opening their cottage, the former home of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, to us on the first day of the trip.  The magic and poetry of the day was palpable and will forever be a special part of our 2012 Magic Love Bus Journey. Special thanks as well to Michael DiMartino for helping to arrange for this special meeting in La Honda.

Following our morning at the former cottage of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, we were invited to party at Sergio Togliatti's fabulous hang just up the road from the Pranksters place. We shared beautiful music, healthy food and plenty of heart. Sergio and his talented friends reincarnated the living spirit of the Merry Pranksters. Many thanks for giving us an amazing La Honda experience!

As magical serendipity would have it, John Cassady, the son of the famous Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarity in the book "On the Road") and the driver of the Prankster's bus "Further", happened by the Magic Love Bus while we were in La Honda. He hung out with us on the Bus and entertained and educated our crew with his inside family stories of his famous father and his friends like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other beats hippersters. To learn more about John visit his website.

Our Mission is to co-create, unity, peace and understanding by bringing people of all races, beliefs and economic status together on the Bus and online. As we cross America, we intend to share food, drumming, campfires, alternative media, discussions, dancing, music and love and light. The bus will literally be a vehicle for heart-based transformation and a platform for free expression. Together we can consciously evolve and co-create a just and sustainable world.

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