Ride for Africycle is a supported tour . . . meaning there is a vehicle which tracks the riders throughout the day, carries a bunch of things, and goes ahead of the group to set camp up each night. Last year that support vehicle was in the form of a heavily loaded Dodge Caravan, piloted by the very gracious Famile Vanderklok. For a seven rider tour, the Dodge Caravan served us very well.
This year, however, things are different. With a tour of 20+ riders, you need several small vehicles or one very large vehicle to adequately transport all of the gear needed for a tour such as this. Ride 3.0 went the very large vehicle route. Africycle is the proud new owner of converted school bus! This bus was not purchased specifically for The Ride, rather, its primary use is for transporting vast quantities of donated bicycles from one place to another . . . but was enlisted to be the ‘around the lake workhorse’.
This bus is also one giant rolling billboard. Mark Yurik from Magnum Signs in Lindsay (705.878.0087) did up/applied the vinyl decals from artwork supplied by Page Design and Print. The end result came out looking rather nice. I wish my school bus looked like this back when I was in elementary school.
It is also very important to note that this bus was (very graciously) donated to Africycle by the Rotary Club of Uxbridge.