Thursday, August 16, 2012
My son has a college friend who came back to visit the area this spring so that he, my son, and a group of other friends could go to a special concert in St. Louis. He stayed a week here and my son and the other friends were his hosts and showed him around St. Louis and this area.
This friend has invited these same friends to visit him in Akron. My son is the only one who can get off work to go as the other friends don't have enough vacation time left.
Getting there will be a challenge. My son won't be able to drive there as his vehicle is too old and he is not used to driving in big cities anyway. He can't fly due to ear problems. So that leaves traveling by train or Greyhound bus.
He checked into the train schedule and he could board a train about 25 miles from here at 7 in the morning. He would have a lengthy lay over in Chicago and arrive in Cleveland at 1 in the morning. Apparently the train doesn't go on to Akron and he is not sure how he could get there, especially at one in the morning. His college friend doesn't drive so he can't pick him up, which is weird to me but apparently not that uncommon if you live in cities. Is the Cleveland train station a safe place for someone to stay at that time of the morning until someone could pick him up or he could make other arrangements? Do they have rental cars there? Cabs to take you somewhere if this place is not safe?
The bus goes into Akron but we have been told a lot of negative things about bus travel such as the bus stops are in bad neighborhoods and that people are often assaulted, robbed, even occasionally killed on buses and at these stations. He would have layovers with the buses too and have to change buses 3 times. He would arrive at the bus stop in Akron at 5:45 A.M.
I would appreciate if anyone has any advice for me. We live in a very rural area and know nothing about things like this.