Are we there yet?

Missouri / April 7, 2012 / by Steven
Are we there yet?

One of the main questions we get asked while working on Bus 52 is, "What is it like to live on a bus?" Though the idea is no longer foreign to the five of us, it still amazes people that we can all manage to stay productive, friendly, and most importantly alive while traveling in Stanley. As much as I would love to bore you about every minute of my day inside the bus I figured I would save your sanity and delve into something we don't' get asked often. What is riding in the bus like? If you spend any time reading Gelb's blog, you'll know that we are constantly on the move. We have clocked a lot of hours hauling our tires down the pavement and that has racked up some miles. The constant movement is what provides us with endless amounts of new things to see and enjoy. We are experienced at classifying the quality of roads, the effectiveness of road signs, and the likelihood of whether or not someone will use their indicators while switching lanes. Needless to say, we have become pretty good at road trips. One of my favorite things to do while we drive is to look out the front window. I usually claim the chair to the right of the driver's seat and riding next to Gelb is like having a personal tour guide as he points out water, landmarks, and awesome old cars or buses. The only times we ever have to stop while traveling are for, yep you guessed it: food, bathrooms, and gas. We've had our fair share of experiences with all kinds of gas stations, truck stops, and convenience stores from the highest quality to the lowest. The ones we love the most are outfitted with not only our favorite snacks and clean restrooms, but with a little bit of quirkiness to explore. Having an ample number of snacks is an extremely important aspect of traveling. Long hours means that most of us on the bus will end up in a tired and slightly irritated mood by the end of the day, so having one's favorite snack and drink handy is always a plus to lighten that mood. Personally, if I can outfit myself with a can of Rockstar and a bag of beef jerky, I am set and ready to go for hours. What may be my favorite part of traveling long distances in the bus is when we get the opportunity to see things that are completely new. Whether it is crossing into a state someone has never been to before or finding the world's largest rocking chair, there is always something that makes our day into an experience.