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Road Trip in the Rearview Mirror

Posted by Tom Haines, Globe Travel Writer  June 30, 2008 09:56 AM

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If their pre-trip calendar is holding fast - not a sure thing given the vagaries of moving 12 college students cross-country in a school bus powered on waste vegetable oil - the Big Green Bus crew is passing by Tucumcari, New Mexico today.

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It's been more than a week since I left the bus on a sweltering Friday at Bonnaroo, the end of a short stretch for a story that appeared yesterday in the Globe.

Capturing the many layers of life on and off the road is a daunting task, and I opted to weave my story about their ongoing odyssey around the little things related to their core mission: getting all of us to live a greener life.

I couldn't include all of the 12 members in the story, but I am grateful to each for the hospitality and friendship on the road. Thanks to Drago, John, Ro, Addie, Alice, Elysa, Kevin, Arch, Andrew, Bennet, Trey and Nate. For a look at the complete team, click here.

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For more angles on the experience, be sure to check out the Big Green Bus web site. For music lovers, Trey Roy has been posting the bus's playlist. Check out one entry here.

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The adventures and education continue for the bus crew and those they meet. For another look at what the trip is all about, go here.

I received an email update a few days ago from Andrew Zabel, a senior and director of this year's crew:

"Right now we're in New Orleans headed to the 9th Ward to check out a new sustainable housing development going in there. Should be very cool."

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