Psychedelic bus gears up for 50th anniversary

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PLEASANT HILL, Ore. (AP) — It has been 50 years since the late author Ken Kesey and his pals, the Merry Pranksters, took their psychedelic bus ride across America to visit the New York World's Fair.

They rode in a bus painted with brightly colored swirls, outfitted with a sound system and emblazoned with the word "Further" as the destination. They also had plenty of marijuana and LSD.

Now, Kesey's son, Zane, who as a 3-year-old helped paint the bus, has launched a campaign on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, looking for a few good modern-day Pranksters to contribute $200 each for a chance to do it all again, though on a different bus.

And without the LSD.

Embarking at the end of July, the anniversary trip is making no attempt to recreate the old one.

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