When I started to think about how to get the bus from the San Francisco Bay area to Anchorage, I thought I would just drive it. The Canadian border is scheduled to open in a few days so I could just take a week and drive it up. It is not something I am unfamiliar with. One year, I drove the ALCAN 3 times.
Then I started thinking about the reality of doing that drive with an unknown bus which is only 5 years younger than I am. I am a pretty handy guy and love a challenge and adventure but I began to think there might be a better way.
I contacted a company I have used before for vehicle shipping - TOTE Alaska. When I got the quote, I was devastated. It was way more than the project could support. When I asked if there was a chance we could get a reduction for a charitable cause, I was contacted by Milena who is Tote's Community Relations Program Manager. After a lovely chat, she asked me to fill out some paperwork and she would see if they could ship the bus for free. Once again, the power of community seems unstoppable.
I will still have to go down and drive it up to the port in Tacoma but I look forward to meeting Jim in person and finishing up a few projects down there before heading north. I want to thank him in person and carry his knowledge about the bus back to the Alaska team.
So from despair to elation, I am once again optimistic that this dream can become reality. Details will be finalized soon and I have my fingers crossed. Thank you Milena and TOTE Alaska!