Goodwill Tour 2013

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Greyhound Wisdom

This is new to us. Things like, buying tickets two hours in advance (“I’ve told them to put that on the website,” said a rather sympathetic Greyhound attendant), seat presence (stake your ground!) and knowing your destination are all most important in the Greyhound Underworld.

This page will be our collection of Greyhound specific advice, commentary, and adventures. Join us as the experience grows!

  • You cannot buy a ticket for “the next bus.”
  • Greyhound does not publish route maps
  • The destination and arrival signs on the wall are not true.
  • There is no “flight status” for buses.
  • Greyhound threatens you with expulsion if you don’t silence your phone.

    Never sit under the air conditioner on a Greyhound bus. It leaks. Note the tissue paper stuffed in either corner of the console above these two kids, who had to adjust it every few minutes to keep the water from dripping on their heads.

    Never sit under the air conditioner on a Greyhound bus. It leaks. Note the tissue paper stuffed in either corner of the console above these two kids, who had to adjust it every few minutes to keep the water from dripping on their heads.

  • Greyhound threatens you with expulsion and jail if you drink alcohol on the bus.
  • You can get off the bus at whatever stop you want before your destination, but it will be very confusing to the attendants (and other passengers).
  • At Greyhound terminals, if a guy asks you for change for a dollar and you give him for quarters and then say, “keep the dollar,” he doesn’t question it.
  • Greyhound passengers don’t complain. They bitch, they moan, but they don’t complain.
  • Greyhound passengers all have a story.
  • Greyhound just is.

    The overhead bins are very small on the bus, so be sure to be able to fit your carryon bag under your seat...

    The overhead bins are very small on the bus, so be sure to be able to fit your carryon bag under your seat…

  • When sitting underneath the air conditioner, bring extra Kleenex to plug the leak.
  • The Hickory, NC stop is in Conover, not Hickory, and in a Citgo.
  • To get from Hickory to Wytheville, VA, Greyhound will send you to Charlotte, change a bus, then to Winston-Salem, then on up to Wytheville, a trip of 6 hours. It’s a lot more comfortable just to buy two separate tickets, one from Hickory to Winston-Salem, where you then catch the bus from Charlotte, unless, of course, you really value your time on the bus and just want an extra two hours of road time.

2 comments on “Greyhound Wisdom

  1. clay and ruthie
    July 17, 2013

    We want to tell you all that we really appreciate the generous donation that one if your guys left for my husband. A couple of weeks ago my husbands truck broke down st the Hickory bus station. Words cannot express ho Thankful we were and still are. I had just “Prayed” about needing a financial blessing and my husband called about 30 minutes later and told me about the truck and asked if I could come and help and then he told me about the envelope left in the truck. I serve a mighty GOD and an ON TIME GOD. THANKS AGAIN AND AGAIN! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

    • M
      July 17, 2013

      So glad it was a help. We really enjoyed meeting you and will think fondly on your amazing grace and sense of humor in the face of difficulty. Thanks so much for writing!

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