Thursday, April 23, 2015

1 Day Until AT Start, Travel

Yesterday I started my bus ride from Texas to Atlanta. While I was waiting for the bus, I noticed a guy staggering around. A couple of minutes later he went into a seizure and fell against the bench I was on, about 2 feet away. Security must have been watching since he was right behind me. He called EMS and they got there in less than 5 minutes.  Shortly after that they took him away in the ambulance with a police escort. My guess would be a drug problem. 

The bus to Houston was nice with synthetic leather seats and plenty of leg room. That was not the case for the rest of the trip.   That is, until the bus out of Atlanta. 

From Houston to Montgomery Alabama, every seat was filled. And they had put outlets in where you would normally stretch your legs. It was like economy coach on an airline, only without the leg room.  And they kept the air on all the time. Everyone wore coats, hats and sometimes blankets. 

The Greyhound restrooms, except for New Orleans where the terminal was shared with Amtrak, were not large enough or clean. 

I'm adding here my second day of travel to keep it to just one blog. 

The first late bus was the one from Atlanta to Gainsville Georgia this morning. Just like the airlines, you stood there an extra hour with no info. 

The bus dropped me off at the Shell station and Derek from the Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega was there in minutes. He dropped me off at Walmart/Subway to let me get some food, then took me on to the hostel. It' a great place and just as nice as its web site. Instead of pulling out my camera, I took this shot with the iPhone. It clearly doesn't do the hostel justice. 

I'm going to study the AWOL Guide now and tomorrow, after breakfast here, start the trail at Amicalola State Park. 

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