Monday, December 24, 2007

"I'll be home for Christmas ... maybe!"

San Francisco, Christmas, 1964. Going home to Seattle on 10 day leave. We left the Hound's Ninth Street terminal, and the "Silverside" bus was comfortably heading north on US99 for Redding, Ashland, Portland and Seattle - home for Christmas!

We had food, booze, and Christmas songs to sing as we headed northward in the night!

Then, we ground to a stop in Redding, California. Snow! Blizzard on the Siskiyou AND the Klamath River had flooded US99!



Now Redding (exempting those of you who live there) is not a good place for a Greyhound Bus to be stopped. There is nothing there. And with a total of 24 Greyhound and Trailways buses stalled there on this occasion, there was no food! No candy bars, no sandwiches, no burgers. NO food. But there was a liquore store advertised on the radio, that opened at 9 AM!

Fortified, we endured! It was an extraordinary blockage of Hy99 for many hours that we were able to endure. And once the Pass opened, we headed north with many bottles of comfort purchased in Redding. On board, a romance took place; a young Navy man got off the bus at Grants Pass with a lady he had just met, and several singles became couples in Portland!

And with me at the wheel, we got through!

And everyone had a Merry Christmas!

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The Old Fart said...

Thank you for sharing the story, It was nice that you got people safely to their destinations for Christmas.

I wouldn't mind driving a Transit Bus, but don't know if I'd like driving an intercity bus.

A Merry Christmas is wished for you and your family

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