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Greyhound lament

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I had the displeasure of travelling via Greyhound between Christmas and New Year's.
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First, trying to book a ticket took two days, speaking with a number of different people until I eventually discovered that it is not possible to do so on-line if you are not travelling from a major centre.
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So, I had to make a trip to my bus depot (drive, and transit, 2 1/2 hours total time).
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Day of departure, we are up in the wee small hours, as that is the only time the bus makes that particular journey. Ah, but the bus was 1 1/2 hours late.
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Each leg of the journey stretched longer and longer. Oh, yes smokers, must smoke at every opportunity so making up lost time seems to be impossible.
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First time driving this route makes our driver unable to turn properly so we spend time getting out of a tight spot.
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A warning buzzer clangs for about half an hour as an air exchange mechanism malfunctions.
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A passenger "loses it", as the sound drives us all to the brink of insanity. Another passenger berates the first and a swearing match ensues. Other passengers defuse the situation before the combatants are able to take it further.
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The driver drives into one community and instead of proceeding from there, backtracks to the highway exit.
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Meanwhile, my dd has been to the depot twice and cannot get any news of where we are, what is going on, if the bus has dropped off the face of the earth....
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Three hours behind schedule, we arrive at last.
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In my haste to get off the bus, I leave my pillow behind.
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But I am out of that nightmare. Fortunately, "Chirstmas dinner" was not scheduled for that day as I spend the evening on the couch almost in a state of catatonic distress.
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Things can only get better after that experience. Right?
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  • v SLIMLILA
    Ah yes, those days.... fortunately, haven't had to make a Greyhound trip in a long time...hallelelujah...

    But instead this am, I am at mil's listening to dh and herself fighting over stupid stuff... and it's dh whose in the mood, but he doesn't think so..... have another coffee, I'm going for a walk. emoticon
    1257 days ago
  • v WALKINGWOMAN07
    What a horrible experience. I agree,things CAN only get better.

    Irene in BC
    1273 days ago
  • v VALBOY2010
    What a horrendous trip! I haven't been on a Greyhound bus in years and hopefully I won't be on one for years to come - if ever. Glad you made it safe and had a good visit, though.
    1273 days ago
  • v LINDIEMAE
    OHH that was a total bummer - and you must by all means write a letter of complaint to the company as well as BBB !! That is uncalled for ugh what are they recruiting for drivers these days? I KNOW there are some good ones, but that just sucks !! I woulda nocked it back with eggnog and rum - high on the RUM !!! emoticon
    1273 days ago
  • v VOLARI52
    Now I know why I have never travelled by bus. Hope things get better after that nightmare.
    1273 days ago
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