Jan 14, 2017

Note on future travels within the middle of the USA

-Check the BLOODY weather before anything.
-Keep in mind the BLOODY weather will jeopardize any carefully setup plans.
-Choose a timing that is at least five days, so that when you end up with emergencies, you'd still have two days out of the original five to do something.
-Do NOT grant services in the USA the stereotyped idea of American punctuality: it is far fetched from the truth.
-There seems to be only one main bus service: Greyhound. And they seem to enjoy the monopoly quite well.
-If you don't drive, you are at the mercy of pretty much anything.
-Trains are not that expensive for four hours trips and they are AMAZING.
-Again, the BLOODY WEATHER is not something you can plan ahead of two weeks. Make sure you can get refunded and have flexible plans B.
-Don't let the spoiled plans -however spoiled- get in the way of you hanging out in the city where you are stuck.
-Planes are bloody expensive and might suffer the same problems as well, though they take customers more seriously and care more than buses ones.

My three days trip to Arkansas was supposed to be the first tip I would make to explore surrounding states and meet friends.
I spent the whole Friday stuck in Kansas city and was back in Wichita by 4am because of the lack of options to go back and lack of many timetables to buses and trains.
In those moments, I do miss Morocco so bloody much.
But hey I got to make a friend and explore KC train station and ride on the train : they were all awesome things to experience.
Now I have to come up with a battle plan that won't dig up in my savings for Omaha Nebraska. I had to give up on reaching Fayetteville, AR but my silver lining was that I will get another opportunity.

Now Omaha's concert, the vip concert, the tight schedule, these don't always happen.


Unknown said...

J'espère que tes prochaines expériences seront moins chaotiques. ce que tu as appris malgré la déconvenue sera utile ^^

Koroonful said...

Oh c'est sure :D! On m'avait dit que le bus en general, et ceux du midwest en particulier, ont un service deplorable et ne sont pas securises. Mais je me disais que j'avais vu pire.

Il s'est avere que ceci est un autre type de "pire".

Du coup la, je cherche plutot une personne pour qui je paierai le gas et l'hotel afin qu'elle me conduise a Omaha, Nebraska :D.

Mais je pense pas retenter les bus de sitot.

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