This journey started at 6:30 am with a Lyft to Denver Greyhound station. The half hour journey took an hour because of rush hour and an accident on the highway, but I had factored that in to my time line. I arrived at the Denver station about 7:30 and it seemed even more down at heel than when I arrived a week or so before. I had had all sorts of plans about using public transport, but bags and the generally cheap cost of Uber and Lyft changed my view, anything for an easy life.
There were people asleep and the station was quite busy. The ticket says you have to check your luggage, but there was no sign as to where you were supposed to do that, so I opted not to bother as I hadn’t had to do it on the journey here. The driver arrived to get us loaded and I was one of the first ones on, so got a pick of seats. I chose to sit near the front again, but this time I had a window seat.
We were 20 minutes late setting off because of computer problems, the driver had gone off to log in at about 8, and then a couple arrived really late so their luggage had to be loaded on too. This gave me something to worry about because I had a connection in Albuquerque. So I was tracking both buses throughout the day. Eventually it became apparent that the second bus was running an hour and a half late, so I was able to stop worrying about spending the night in Albuquerque and missing my tour the next day, there is no slack in this project plan!
At one point we had a 15 minute stop and were told by the driver if we ordered food in Wendy’s to get it to go. When he was setting off 15 minutes later he said is everyone here, and someone shouted out that there was a couple missing. one kind soul ran in and found them eating in at Wendy’s. Some people never listen, they were lucky not to be left behind.
We finally got to Albuquerque at about 5pm just ten minutes late in the end, and the second bus arrived in about half an hour later and they turned it around pretty quickly so although I feared we wouldn’t get there until midnight it was around 10:30pm, but I hadn’t taken into account we were moving out of mountain time and into Pacific time i.e. back an hour. I have to say I had coped reasonably well for the longest part of the journey but the last five hours were hard. Oh and I got told off for not having my bag checked in when I was putting it on the new bus, so they gave me a manual check in ticket, naughty girl! I have to admit I preferred taking it off the bus and putting it on the next because at least you know it’s with you. If I had checked it in who knows what might have happened to it. There was a young woman in the bus with a very small baby on the phone about a piece of luggage she had lost.
Food was hard during the day, Sam had given me some snacks and an apple, and I had had breakfast before I left, but I was forced into a Wendy’s chicken burger for lunch, which really wasn’t well cooked, and at Albuquerque the choice was also extremely limited so a cheese burger for dinner. So although it wasn’t good, I felt I hadn’t eaten too badly, at least I didn’t buy loads of bad snacks. I had weighed myself on the Sunday and was pleased I had lost a pound, which is the plan a pound a week. I have to admit I though it was a bit of a miracle because quite a lot of wine had been drunk. So I am still determined to keep up the walking and healthy eating, but one day with a couple of bad choices is ok, when that’s all there is!
I finally arrived at Flagstaff and had to get a cab to the hotel because there was a railway line and a highway between me and it, oh well, that 5 minute walk didn’t happen.
My Lyft arrived pretty promptly and within five minutes I was in my motel reception. Standing there with my three bags the woman said to me “to get to your room go up this flight of steps and then up this flight of steps” I just looked at her in horror, tired and ready for bed, and said “not with all this, any other way I can get there?” “oh you can walk up the slope then” which was basically the road to the top line of accommodation. Phew, but that hill was steep, I certainly burnt a few calories carting all my stuff up there! The room said outside it was an Executive suite, not sure what kind of executives they have in Arizona, but at least the bed was comfortable.
Up early the following day for the inclusive breakfast, that didn’t take long, won’t bother with that again, and then down to reception at 8:20 to wait for my 8:25 pick up for my Grand Canyon tour.
Some photgraphs above of the journey above. The thing the struck me most was the constant view of the mountains, I had been told that they run all the way down the country from Canada to Mexico. The other thing that struck me about the journey was that the landscape just changed immediately we got to New Mexico, it suddenly got much greener. I will leave you know as I think the Grand Canyon needs a whole section to itself.