The transfers between agencies are great, but not very well thought out. The state of Washington and Oregon would be wise to invest in these existing transfers and encouraging neighboring transit agencies to coordinate their schedules. Right now, the state of Washington funds a Greyhound style service that duplicates these rural bus transfer routes. Several times one long distance bus would arrive minutes after the continuing bus had left, stranding folks to call friends and family. We would try to leapfrog some of the transfer gaps by hitchhiking at the bus stops and get ahead of the next bus. These rural bus networks are such a valuable resource, depended on by many people. The ability to ride buses from Vancouver, BC to California should be celebrated and promoted. Unfortunately, this great network is stymied by lack of schedule coordination between agencies.
We rode 101 South, watching the coast from our bus seats. Some of the rural bus drivers like to play classic rock on their routes and we would not rock out with them in our seats! We rode each bus to the county line and would transfer to the next county’s bus service. After 4 days of leisurely travel on buses and hitchchiking, we had made it to Crescent City just in time for their biggest party of the year. It was the Crecent City Motor Truck Rally Weekend! The entire town was filled with big trucks speeding around downtown, squealing tires and burning rubber!
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45°N to 41°S Portland, Oregon to Puerto Varas, Chile by Public Transit