I mentioned a few months ago that in 1996 I made a cross-country trip on a Greyhound bus from Marietta, Georgia to Las Vegas. Noting how June 1st fell on a Saturday that year and this, I found myself remembering that trip over the weekend.
Greyhound is not a glamorous way to travel the country, but if you don’t mess with people on the bus, people won’t mess with you. It’s a simple, easy rule to live by as you venture across the USA.
The route followed I-75 and I-24 up to Chattanooga, Nashville, and St. Louis. It then went west across I-70 through Kansas City, Denver, and central Utah before sweeping down I-15 through Las Vegas. The toughest part about the trip was sleeping, as I stayed awake for the first 20 hours of the trip before I got some sleep on Saturday morning rolling through eastern Kansas. I had a radio with several spare batteries so I could listen to various radio stations. Talk radio, ball games and music in the daytime, and Art Bell at night got me through the boredom. WSM in Nashville. KMOX in St. Louis. KOA in Denver. 720 KDWN in Las Vegas.
Denver was the most suspenseful time of the trip, if you could call it that, as the bus that took me from Denver to points west was a couple of hours late. Slept like a baby through the mountains of Colorado. Although I woke up at one point smack dab in the middle of the Eisenhower Tunnel and wondered how I got there.
Would I do it again? Absolutely I would. Did the trip twice more in 2000, but haven’t had the chance to do it since. Doing that trip once more would make for some pretty good blog entries, no?