Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My Adventure on a Greyhound Bus Part 1
Sorry about the lack of post for all 3 of you who care but I wanted to write about my adventure on a greyhound bus. Why was I traveling on a greyhound bus you ask? Aren't there plane, trains and automobiles? Well, last weekend I drove my 91 Buick Regal north to our new home, Payne, OH along with some stuff. I was going to leave my car there so needed some way back. Since planes were expensive and trains did not run very well from Toledo to Raleigh, so I decided to try my hand at riding the bus. Mind you, I have never ridden in a Greyhound before. I have rode charter buses for band trips and group trips so I'm a aware of how buses travel. I have also traveled on intercity buses in Mexico (which were REALLY nice). But never the two together here in the US.
I decided the price was right ($65) and I am always up for new adventures so why not go for it. At the very least it would give me plenty to talk about for a while. Here is the details of my trip and my thoughts on using Greyhound as a manner of travel here in the United States.
My bus was suppose to leave at 10:20p Sunday night from Toledo. I didn't know I needed a confirmation number so I had to call my wife. The lady there was busy watching a DVD and waiting for her lunch break so she didn't seem to willing to help. There were a few people sitting there watching FOX news (of all things) while waiting for the bus to arrive. Since the bus is first come first serve, a ticket doesn't really mean much. If the bus show up and there are no seats, you are out of luck. Usually people try have two seats so they can spread out. So I didn't willing want to ask for someone to move over. I was hoping to find an empty seat.
The bus arrived pretty full. I found a seat by itself and sat down. There was a late comer that sat down next to me (since I sat in the window seat and not the aisle seat as was the trick everyone else was using). So the guy sat with me. This is guy was a conductor on Amtrak. Really interesting guy. Very nice. I won't go into everything but this guy was nice enough to give me some tips in traveling on the Bus. Without it, I would have been totally confused.
The first thing I noticed that it is a very insider focused industry. Things were not communicated clearly and you had to learn things on the fly. People aren't willing to help very much. (though I thought the bus driver were really nice). As time rolled on, I started to become sucked into the insider culture and didn't really want to help people. Kind of sad on my part.
More to come tomorrow.