Saturday, October 15, 2011

St. Louis Mo. almost there.

About 28 hours into this trip and counting...10 more to go...I have to be insane to have let Irene talk me into taking a bus. Actually Conway truck is footing the bill so I cant argue. I have to admit I have not been the easiest to deal with so far on this trip. Irene is a saint and has been enjoying it all the way...for the most part, except when I whine. We have been through NC, SC, GA, TN, KY, and now MO...I have seen a lot of unusual and interesting things along the way...trust me. I now know where Jerry Springer finds his guest for his shows...Greyhound terminals!

When we rolled out of Nashville TN at 4:30 this morning I was shown just how much I have to be thankful for...and how bad things could be. We rounded the corner out of the bus stop and came to the stop light and there sleeping on the sidewalk outside a building was a homeless family (mother,father,kids). I haven't complained about the trip since. If there was anyway I could have stopped that bus I would have...one does not truly know how wonderful there life is until you see a situation like that. Its hard to get a memory like that out of your head...wish that I only could have helped them, even if it was just a warm meal.

So now we sit at the city with the Arch...it is beautiful here. Atlanta was wonderful all lit up at night...these cities are to hectic for this country boy though. As we drove through Illinois and Kentucky and now Missouri I couldn't help my mind from going into hunter mode. Now I understand why the deer are so big here, Soybean and Corn fields everywhere...my kind of living now. Hurt a little to think that today is the opening of deer season back home and I will not be there to enjoy it. 1st opening day I can ever remember missing...but I have to work and that comes 1st...the deer will always be there...but jobs are hard to come by...takes me back to the family in Nashville...just not fair.

Bus Ride to Joplin

To make things easier we decided to take the Greyhound bus to get to Joplin.  We are currently in Vienna Illinois.  It is 10:30 am and no coffee in sight.  I can't believe that we have spent the last 24 hours eating out of vending machines.  Wow what a life...but believe it or not, Randy is having a harder time with all this then I am.  He made me promise that we will never ever take another bus.  But you know what they say...don't ever say "never".