They do not build bus stations beside Ramada Inns. Bus stations are often unkempt and in undesirable parts of town. Buses many times are filled with the poor, transient people that appear nomadic more than the vacationing type.
Those who travel by bus in the slow lane are a big part of American culture. They know about smelling diesel fuel and sleeping with one eye open to secure their bags and protect their lives. They are survivors. People ride the bus, because they can’t afford to travel by plane or train. And even though flying may seem to have its risks, it’s not half as dangerous as waiting in a bus, station, as I have, at 2:00 AM to catch your next ride.
My job was to deliver cars all over the eastern part of the United States. In between deliveries I had to take a bus to get to my next assignment. And while on the road, "traveling in the slow lane," I met some bus riders that showed me a different way of life. Some were good, some were bad and some were ugly, and all of them were unforgettable. I hope you will laugh and even cry, as I did, as you meet these travelers and hear their stories. Following are some of the characters you’ll meet:
In "Strangers Not Welcome," you'll taste the bitterness of prejudice and the injustice of judging people because they are different and down on their luck.
You'll meet a pregnant woman, with no daddy for her baby, but who finds comfort and intimacy from a stranger and fellow bus rider.
A cowboy is exposed to a drug search and we all feel embarrassed and violated, but he laughs and takes it in stride.
In the story called “The Ride,” you'll get to know Chuck and Charlie who are two of the most colorful and funniest mountaineers you'll ever meet. They entertained me for 60 miles and freed me from a mountain town that reminded me of the movie "Deliverance."
After reading, Traveling in the Slow Lane, I hope the next time you see a bus rider carrying his tattered suitcase or carrying his or her whole life in a Wal-Mart bag that you will be more likely to say, “If not for the grace of God, there goes I.”
Following are the chapters where you’ll meet life’s nomadic bus people from adventures traveling on the road:
1. Strangers not Welcome
2. The Pregnant Woman
4. The Ride
5. It Ain’t No Fun to be Lost
6. One Gallon of Gas and One Prayer Left
7. Greener Pastures and the Promised Land
8. A Story of Regret
9. Dying to Say Goodbye
10. Where Did The Time Go?
About Dennis J. Hester
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Published November 27, 2012
by His Way Publishing.
Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel.