Just a quick note for those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, the tour is still completely on schedule. The whole thing about drug smuggling and the FBI and the bus getting impounded was April Fools day prank. Though I’ve never met the guy who sold John the bus, I’m sure he’s a very nice man, and isn’t in any trouble with the law.
Thank you for all of your enthusiasm to keep the tour going, and we’ll keep you updated with any new developments!
Anne Marie is impounded, and none of us know if it’ll ever be back in our hands. We probably won’t get the tour back in order in time for this summer.
But the tour will happen.
If it takes another year or more, if it takes an Anne Marie II, if it takes the skin of our teeth we will persevere. This adventure didn’t get this far without a never-say-die attitude.
Nothing “was.” Nothing “lasted.” Nothing is over.
Vive le Tour!
I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of this trip. To everyone who has joined our facebook group or followed the blog, to everyone who has volunteered their homes as rest stops, and to everyone else who has shared our enthusiasm, thank you. Unfortunately, it now looks like this trip will never get off the ground.
We received a call very early this morning from Cheney Tech. Apparently several police officers, along with a member of the FBI, stormed into the garage where the bus was being held and worked on, and demanded that all work being done to the bus stop immediately. The bus, they claim, was part of an ongoing drug smuggling investigation. I guess when their prime suspect got wise that they were onto him, he sold the bus on ebay under an alias, which explains why John was able to get it as cheap as he did.
I’ve spent all day on the phone with the Manchester police. They keep telling me that because this is an inter-state narcotics investigation, that it is the primary jurisdiction of the FBI. The bus was impounded, and nobody seems to know when we’ll get it back, if ever. They’re not even able to tell me if the drug smuggler has been caught, or when when he’s scheduled to stand trial. And apparently the FBI is pretty upset about the amount of alteration that’s been done to the bus (it interferes with their investigation).
We’ll keep you guys posted, but at this point, the future of the trip is in serious jeopardy. We probably won’t get Anne Marie back any time soon, and it’s doubtful that we have the time (or the money) to get a new one. But thank you again for all of your support. It was a wonderful idea, while it lasted.