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More Than Juan Way

About a month ago I posted about the Udall Legacy Bus Tour. I’ve been keeping up with it since, but their coverage of the trip is less than thrilling. But recently, they tipped their hat to other folks on similar trips (all having an environment/sustainability theme).

First up is Biotour. Crappy site design makes it a little hard to get around, but the content on there is good, and they also have a form to fill out so you can ride the bus. That’s cool.

Your Environmental Road Trip has the presentation thing down. They’ve got a slick website, good videos (check out the trailers) and seem to have a decent idea of what they want to do.

The Big Green Bus is probably the closest to how the Juan Way Tour would look. Hell, they were even at Bonnaroo. They’ve got sponsorship, and all this great stuff, but they don’t have the media aspect YERT does.

First reaction: Crap, people are already doing this.
That kills the novelty, and sponsorship opportunities.
After thinking about it for more than a second: Wait, that means people are into this. Maybe we could actually get a decent amount of people out with us. Maybe we could even join forces.

Juan Way will hopefully be a combination of aspects in the above projects, with a little less emphasis on the environment. Yes, it’ll be a veggie oil bus…but that’s about it.

Only Juan Way?

This is pretty awesome, and probably made it worth waking up today.

I’m a big fan of From The Shadows, a downloadable tech show that just rocks. Box 6.0 (the latest episode) should be coming out soon, so I’ve been checking the site pretty often. I randomly notice a topic called Big Idea 2, and check it out.

Someone has an idea that is extremely similar to the Juan Way Tour, and he’s done much more research into it than I have (which is a good thing).
However, he’s looking to pull this off in the summer of 06. He has some pretty ambitious plans, considering he’s stationed in Afghanistan right now, and won’t be back until sometime next year. We’ve talked a little on IM, and will be talking more as time goes on. It’d be great to see this launch.

Sometime soon there will be a site for it (something like tour.somjuan.com or whatever). It’ll have more info, and be a general center of operations.

I’ll probably be posting more frequent updates about this, since things are happening again. I’ve got kind of mixed emotions about this. On one hand, I’m thrilled that this will be happening, and that there are people who I don’t even know that are interested in it. On the other, I’m kinda disappointed that someone is gonna pull it off before me. Stupid pride. Stop messin shit up for me.

It would be pretty excellent if he could pull it off, and we’re sharing some ideas. If he goes through with it next summer (or even the summer after that) I’ll totally be there.

Would any of you be interested / able to?

Juan Way

I figured I’d post a more detailed description of this event.

The idea is we get as many people as possible to voyage across the country in a convoy. Obviously something like this will require money.

One way we’ve considered funding it is corporate sponsorship (free stuff). We can probably pull this off because of a number of reasons. We’ll be using a mobile internet connection service (Verison offers one right now, but in 4 years, who knows) that gets a decent connection via satellite. They’d love someone to do something awesome with it that could give them some good press. (so internet connection: free)

Since we’ll have internet connection, we’ll have webcams strapped to random parts of the Flagship, and probably some of the people with us to film it, since it is such an epic event.

They’ll be a centralized website for all this stuff, and, being the poor college kids we are, I’ll put out an offer for product placement. Basically, if anyone wants to send us something (someone like Lays wants us to only eat their chips or whatever, they send us some free). Basically they give us stuff, they get airtime. Simple as that. (snackage, maybe some other nifty stuff: free)

It also turns out buses are pretty cheap. Who knew. I took a quick glance on eBay, and they’re decently priced.

[Most of that deals with how we’ll be actually pulling this off. Don’t forget the awesomeness that will take place once we’re underway]

I’ll be setting up a small wireless network around the bus so other cars can go online as well. Maybe we’ll even get some LANing in.

We hit whatever destinations we want to between here and San Francisco (our final destination). It’d be cool if we could time the trip so we could hit a couple conventions or even Burning Man on the way.

This is all, of course, best case scenario. The final trip will probably be much different from the one described here. We’ll see how it turns out.

Totally open to any suggestions, too. Peter suggested applying for a grant, which would be cool, because although buses are cheap, its still a good grand or so.


My Plans

Alright, check this – I’m actually going to blog something about me. Not about the weather(still too hot), not about the site – about me.

Wow, I know, its crazy.

Anywise. for a while now, my long term plans for after college have been to travel across the country living out of my truck/van. Its totally internet capable, and made of pure awesome (seeing as how it doesn’t exist yet, you’ll have to take my word for it).

But there is obviously the issue of how to fund such a mission. So, SomJuan.com, you need to make me a millionaire. I know, I know, you’re only a year old, but you have time. And potential. Yes, AdSense hasn’t even made us $10, but I’m confident that you can see a way to win.

If any of you want a ride in my golden van of awesome, you should book your seats now.

Maybe thats how I’ll fund it. I’ll sell tickets. I’ll give people “rides”, and once I’m far enough out in the middle of nowhere, I’ll ditch em. They go for a bathroom break, and I’ll peel outta there.

Man, I don’t even need to go to college for this.

Roadtripology? I don’t think so.

EDIT: Joe has called shotgun, and come up with the name for this tour de farce.

The JuanWay Tour
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