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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Bussin'

So I just booked my Thanksgiving travel. David is flying out to the Northwest, but as much as I wanted to join him, I just couldn't quite afford it. (Have you looked at airfares recently? They're ridiculous!)

Instead, I'm going to visit my Indiana relatives, with whom I spent Thanksgivings and the other odd long weekend when I was at school in Ohio, but whom I see far less regularly these days; it never fails to surprise me quite how far my corner of the Midwest is from their corner of it!

I'll be taking a couple of overnight buses (one going and one coming), which still mostly seems like a pretty good idea, for how affordable and relatively convenient they are. I'm a good sleeper, so it makes sense to me to travel then, when I wouldn't be accomplishing anything else during that time anyway. And the non-sleeping hours are prime reading time!

Unfortunately, as I was looking into the reserved seat option on Greyhound (which, it turns out, isn't actually available in my travel area anyway), I came across a few online reviews that reminded me of quite how horrific Greyhound travel can be. Still, overall my experiences have been decent enough that I'm willing to give it another go. I'm young, sleep like a brick, and am looking forward to seeing family I haven't spent time with in more than a year. If nothing else, you know it'll be good blog fodder.

7 comments:

mandy said...

oh boy. greyhound. i've never traveled on one personally, but i've heard some FASCINATING (creepy?) stories from others. have fun and be safe!

Daniel said...

I don't know if you have train travel as an option, but our UPS guy loves it and is looking forward to taking trains to Husker games around Big Ten country.

Leah said...

I've always been soooo jealous of you people who can sleep anywhere.

I can only sleep on planes if I take a sleeping "aid."

CëRïSë said...

Thanks, Mandy; it's always an adventure!

And Daniel, the train is an option, but sadly not a good one. It not only takes longer, it's more than twice as expensive. I do appreciate the freedom to walk around and the less-sketchy crowds, but dislike the fact that, since it has to cede track usage to the commercial interests that own the tracks, Amtrak is more or less guaranteed to be late.

And Leah, it is an ability that has served me well! However, it probably wouldn't hurt to look into this "aid" of which you speak...

Mumsie said...

I wonder if one of those horseshoe-shaped pillows would help?

CëRïSë said...

Mumsie, I have one, and I plan to bring it! Oddly, what makes it most challenging for me to sleep on buses, I've discovered, is the road vibrations that make my nose itch!

Daniel said...

I realize the title of this post reminds me of the Folksmen album titles "Wishin'" "Singin'" Whistlin'".