This post is meant to be a companion piece to my German Train story that I posted in January.
Traveling by bus in America can lead to some interesting stories.Â I’ve only ridden a Greyhound on one occasion, back in the year 2000, which was a round trip to Pittsburgh.Â Â The trip eastward boarded around midnight; which, by coincidence, is about the same time I boarded the Amtrak to DC.Â Nothing encourages public transportation more than boarding in the middle of the night, I say.Â Otherwise, this trip was mostly uneventful, and I actually fell asleep.Â The trip home included a 2-hour layover in Columbus at 2:30 in the morning.Â I wouldn’t have minded a chance to check out Columbus, but of course, everything was closed.Â Â Each trip included many stops and rest breaks in small towns, which is common for Greyhound.
Megabus was a revelation to me when it first arrived. Non-stop, inexpensive transportation to Chicago?Â Where has this been all my life?Â Well, it’s not luxury.Â I’ve made 2 round trips via Megabus, and each time the buses were near the end of their shelf-life as coaches.Â Twice the buses were quite late.Â The best story, though, was during the trip south from Chicago, when the bus was making an incessant beeping noise.Â The driver took all of us to the Megabus garage on the South side of Chicago near the old stockyards to get it checked up.Â Turned out the bus didn’t need fixing, so we just beeped the whole way home.Â Â Headphones came in real handy for this trip.Â We arrived in Indy about an hour and half late.
I hope these snags don’t discourage people from looking into bus travel.Â Memorable journeys are a big part of the fun of traveling.Â Have some good humor and patience, and relax.Â You’ll get there…probably…
As a final thought, I’m sure readers of this blog have better bus stories than I do.Â Please feel free to share them.