The Bus Ride

Posted Monday, March 14, 2011, at 3:35 AM
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  • a really fun read! thanks for sharing, sam.

    don't think you will seek that adventure again for a loooong time! lol

    -- Posted by tiney56 on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 2:26 PM
  • I'll see ochosinco's 'so long ago,' and raise another 'so long ago,' but can only duplicate the 'once.' I can't even imagine me trying something like that today.

    Good read, woke me up about my ride, not nearly as long, or difficult as your ride was. Thanks, Sam. Did you say you were going to walk back home, or just wake up from your night-mare?? Ha.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 8:30 PM
  • Good read Sam, but some words of wisdom. There's three things you should never have to see in your life .#1 Two fat people making love. #2 How they make sausage. #3 The United States through the window of a Greyhound bus.

    -- Posted by Keda46 on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 11:04 PM
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    Not going to walk back, that's for sure. Going to catch a ride with my brother!

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 11:08 PM
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    Keda - very nice. I think I agree with you. Thanks for the insight!

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 11:14 PM
  • Good luck on your return Sam. An experience like this helps build character, and a life worth living is worth writing about, and you did write about it. Again, it was a good read. I had an experience a few years back, I rode my motorcycle back to Nebraska to a family reunion in Lincoln. It took me three days, and it rained every day. Because my bike has a carburetor, and with high altitude and moisture it was spitting oil out the carburetor. My chaps was soaked with oil and it was a little scary with the chance the back tire would get oil on it. I left Lincoln and rode the backroads to Provo Utah before picking up an interstate. Somewhere between Craig Co. and Maybell Co. at an altitude of 5000 ft or so, it rained so hard I couldn't see the road so I just stopped in the middle of nowhere for fifteen minutes or so. Yes! at this point I was thinking maybe, just maybe motorcycling isn't that **** fun.

    When I got home and back to sea level I was never so happy to be back from a ride in my life. And as bad as it was, I wouldn't trade the experience for to many things. So with all my rambling on, I guess what I'm saying is I hope you feel the same way when you get home.

    -- Posted by Keda46 on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 8:55 PM
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    Enjoyed your article a bunch. I rode a Greyhound once from Manhattan KS to Colby KS. In those days they had moved the colored folks from the back to wherever they wanted to sit, but smokers were banished to the 4 back seats they had vacated.

    I quit smoking a few years later; actually the cigarettes smoked, I was just the sucker.

    The bus stopped every 30 miles and took 8 hours to cover 260 miles (with a 1 hour lunch stop)! But a neat experience and met some interesting folks.

    -- Posted by Boomer62 on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 8:59 PM
  • I once rode a bus from McCook to the Quad Cities. The toilet backed up and all its contents floated to the front. A long ride got very long, all while holding my feet up off the floor.

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 11:33 PM
  • Thanks for sharing - what an interesting ride. Glad you made it safe, and that you have nearly completed your long and trying mission. Beginning to wonder which leg of the journey was the most difficult ;). Hope your experience in the presence of so much 'greatness' will make you appreciate your sleepy little town, your wonderful wife, and your rambunctious grandsons even more once you return. :)

    -- Posted by joyfulone01 on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 11:34 AM
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