Among the interesting people I met was a 72yr old woman born in the Dominican Republic who had lived many years in New York. Her accent was very strong and I am not sure how to spell her name. I did not get a photo of her as I was so engrossed listening to her stories of traveling the US and abroad I forgot to ask to take her photo. She told us of her current adventure traveling by Greyhound to visit the capitols in each of the continental states. She only had a few left Washington DC being next on her list.
Here are a few of the others that I was pleased to share this adventure with:
From Saint Louis, Mo to Columbus Ohio our driver was a gentleman named Michael. Although some of the passengers did not appreciate his sense of humor and candidness I thoroughly enjoyed riding with him. With Micheal's no nonsense approach to his responsibilities we not only caught up the hour we were behind but actually arrived in Columbus at 10pm, an hour before the scheduled arrival time. Each time we stopped to pick up more passengers Micheal would go through the rules in such a way I could not help but laugh. His speech always began with "Hello, my name is Michael I will be your driver from here to '. . .' . Not Hey You, Not Mister, Not Sir, but Michael please address me as such." I may in the future write an entire post dedicated to this rather unique bus driver.
The streets outside the terminal were dark and deserted and those of us who had been on the bus since leaving Sioux Falls all tried to persuade the 72yr old New York woman to continue on to her original destination of Washington DC, as she intended to walk alone to a nearby hotel a few blocks from the terminal. The long time New Yorker and seasoned traveler just laughed and said she would continue on tomorrow after getting a good nights sleep and went on her way.
Arriving in Norfolk an hour late the first half of my wild ride had finally come to an end. My daughter and grandchildren picked me up to return to their home to rest the night before starting the second half my wild ride.