Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:59 am

Hey everyone,

We all love to travel by plane but sometime when we're broked there is no other way than by bus. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has some good stories about they Greyhound trips.

Mine was when i went from OKC to Montreal in Bus (48 hours trip) well first do I really need to explain how much of a pain in the a** it is to sleep on a greyhound bus? It's hell!!!

Anyways, the action part is when our bus caught on fire at 4:00 am in the middle of nowhere in Virginia. The bus dirver ask us on the PA is we could smell a "burnt rubber" smell and indeed we could, at this moment i turned around and all i can see outside the windows was smoke and more smoke. So the big bus stops we all get down and the between the rear wells we could see some flames, so the driver grap an esthinguisher (sp?) and put the fire out. Then he opens the door and everyone takes their luggages out on the side of the highway. After a couple of cell phone police and firefighters come and inspect the bus. After half an hour another bus came up and we transfered our luggage in this one and off we went. The driver was really nice and appologize for what happened, he told us he will try to make the smoothest ride for us. Then the sun rised over the horizon and i could see some beautiful scenery. It was truly a great experience!

Share yours!

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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 12:57 pm

I took a Greyhound Bus ride from Stevens Point, Wisconsin to Milwaukee when I came back from hockey camp--about 20 years ago. I got the last seat on the bus and sat next to a bag man who smelled like shit.

I don't remember too much of the conversation I had with the guy, but one thing I do recall was that he said the best cure for a hangover was to eat a stick of butter (I have yet to try it). I also remember that he drank an entire bottle of Thunderbird before the bus got out of town.

What memories.
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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 3:30 pm

I took Greyhound for the first time last April to get between Chicago and Des Moines when I came back from Wales for a week. It would have cost more to buy a round trip air ticket between Chicago and Des Moines than it would have to fly between LHR and ORD!!!! And that was with more than a week's notice.

Anyway, it took a long time but wasn't too bad because we only made two scheduled stops and one unscheduled rest stop. Some guy was smoking marijuana in the bathroom just before leaving the second stop and at the rest stop a small group of them were smoking up outside.

I ran into luck on my return trip. While visiting Iowa City I found out that one of my friends was going to drive from there to the Chicago area so I ended up only taking the bus as far as Iowa City (only 1/3rd of the trip) and then riding with my friend the rest of the way.

All in all it was ok though. I wouldn't look forward to riding Greyhound again but I wouldn't dread it either.

RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 4:17 pm

My strange experience actually took place in the Regina, Canada bus terminal in April, 1996. I was waiting for the boarding call for my bus to Winnipeg when I noticed some guy wandering around the terminal, very well dressed for someone hanging around a bus terminal on a Saturday morning -- pressed clothes and the whole bit -- but looking hung over and with his hair in a mess. You get all types in a bus station, I figured.

Sure enough, this guy wandered over and plunked himself down two seats away from me in the waiting area, and started staring at me. "So, where you off to?", he asked in a hung-over voice as soon as I turned my head.

"Winnipeg," I said.

He continued staring at me, glassy-eyed, for about five seconds.

"Ugh!", he yelled, "What the hell are you going there for?!" Granted, Winnipeg is a gritty, midwestern manufacturing town, but I was still taken aback.

"Um, well, actually, I live there," I said, surprised.

"Oh," he mumbled, "I'm going to Saskatoon." It was a relief to hear that, since it meant that he and I would be on different buses. The last thing I wanted to do was to make small-talk with him for eight hours.

That aside, Greyhound is a decent way of traveling if you can get from Point A to Point B within 8-10 hours; I wouldn't recommend it for longer or overnight trips. It's cheaper than even the no-frills airlines (My 1996 round-trip of 330 miles each way cost $75 Cdn., or about $50 U.S. at current exchange rates, plus tax. The lowest available airfare was then about three and a half times higher.), and both trips departed and arrived on time. The staff at both stations were courteous, and the no-frills service was just fine under the circumstances.

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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 5:38 pm

This isn't a Greyhound Experience, but one of my last deployments in the Marine Corps had us going from Twenty Nine Palms to Yuma.

They had these really nice busses for us. I think the name of the company was Antelope. The busses were real shiny and the interior was clean and nice. The best part about it was there were about 5 TVs mounted under the racks and there was a VCR up front. There was some pretty kick ass AC as this was late August.

There was about 20 of us. Two Captains including myself and the rest Marines.
We had some big fat woman for a driver. She turned out to be pretty cool, and she let us watch fuck flicks on the TVs. We stopped and had lunch at a Carl's Junior in Indio, and we all witnessed a pretty nasty fatal accident where some dumbass drunk (at twelve noon) ran a stop sign in his Ford Taurus and got hit by a UPS twin trailer rig. The guy driving the truck was shook up, and we tried to help the guy in the Taurus, but he was a gory mess (and got cut off at the Torso). Even the EMTs were pretty apaulled at what they saw when they got there. Since we all saw the accident, we spent an extra 2 hours giving statements to the CHP. (I took a deposition over the phone a few months later for one of the insurance companies.)

The rest of the trip was pretty somber and we didn't watch any more skin flicks, but the driver let us play our CDs through the stereo
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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 7:20 pm

It's so nice to know how our Armed Forces act. Big grin


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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 9:05 pm

Hey TT,
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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Fri Jun 15, 2001 9:22 pm

Took them from NYC-Boston and NYC-Washington DC; We made 0 Reststops and I was hunry like hell. The seats were cramped and the Bathrooms stunk. I wouldn't mind traveling them. Their employees are nice and friendly but next time I'll bring a snack and go to the bathroom directly before and after the trip. I will not use Greyhound on a trip longer than 5 maybe 6 hrs.
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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Sat Jun 16, 2001 5:56 am

I take the Greyhound once in a while up from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, a city of 38,000 about 465 km northwest of Edmonton. That's about 6 hours on the bus, including a half-hour stop at a piddly-ass pulp mill town called Whitecourt halfway there (it's a little closer to Edmonton by half an hour, but the trip's so long, who the hell cares, anyway?) The only reason I go up there is that I have family and friends up there. I also take the Greyhound to Calgary, too, but just not nearly as often. I'm usually not fond of taking the Greyhound, mainly because of weird and sometimes disgusting passengers and smelly bathrooms.

I used to take the Greyhound quite a bit in the past so I could see my family because the airfares to Grande Prairie was too damned high. It cost only about $90CDN, while the airfare was as much as five times higher! These days, I don't take the Greyhound as much as I used to because of WestJet and lower airfares. I've even once reserved a seat on a Canadian Airlines flight for just as much as a Greyhound ticket. I also bum a ride from friends whenever I can. It takes only 4 1/2 hours from Edmonton to GP by car, while the Greyhound takes about 6 hours due to milk runs - stopping at almost every little town and village for passengers and cargo.

I've seen a retarded guy try to play with himself across the aisle from me. I've had had to change seats because some people are simply disgusting. Once I sat next to a guy who had lost his arm and had a prothestic. He was drooling and appeared like he'd taken a lot of drugs and was delirious. I chose to find someplace else, as he was constantly leaning into me. I've also had to kick a drunk Indian guy out of my seat once. The drunk in fact didn't even have a ticket, either! He got kicked out of the bus by the driver. A few times, I've seen people try to sneak a smoke, only to have the driver stop the bus.

I've even seen on one trip on the way back to Edmonton from Grande Prairie, a couple of guys were passing out prescription pills like it was candy, even to the kids on the bus. The driver was notified by other passengers, so he made a phone call. When the bus stopped in Valleyview, about an hour east of Grande Prairie, the RCMP was already waiting and hauled the the guys off the bus in handcuffs. There was no violence, nor any attempts to resist arrest.
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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Sat Jun 16, 2001 12:16 pm

I haven't had any greyhound experiences, but at school, i have taken several charters. The bus line we use is called Dan Dipert(guess that is the name of the owner) and there isn't a whole lot of legroom, but there is a little footrest. There are 5-7 mounted TVs around the bus and the air conditioning was pretty good(i think it is individual air conditioners above your seat). The restrooms were pretty normal for a bus. Depending on the trip, we will stop or not stop. One time I worked as one of the managers for varsity football and 2 friends and I agreed to work an away game in houston. We had one stop(one at this terrible restaurant for dinner) and then at our hotel in huntsville for the night. Needless to say we crashed the rooms unententionally. But all in all, the buses are pretty nice.
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RE: Your Greyhound Experience

Sat Jun 16, 2001 7:05 pm

I've never taken Greyhound. I have, however, gone on some skiing trips from a local ski shop to some mountains up north like Sunday River or Killington. All told, I've spent upwards of 7 hours on the bus in one day, albeit with about 6 hours of skiing in between. My best experience was having to take a 3.5 hour trip back from Sunday River with the worst headache of my life. I had taken a nasty spill my last run down the mountain, and it took me 4 hours to get me some asprin. Dunno why I just mentioned that, but but travel is just too long to not be able to walk around. I love trains because while they aren't much faster (compare driving Boston-NYC to Amtrak it's about 5 hours to 3.5) you can at least walk around and you have a LOT more legroom.

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