A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

Hardest holiday I ever had...

Total 16 hours bus journey in a day.
Got bus at 5:30 in the morning-->spend 5 hours in a bus-->got down from the bus-->couple of steps and minutes latter-->took another bus-->again time spend 1:30 hour in the bus-->got down from the bus--> took another bus from the same stop-->another 1 hour-->got down from the bus.

Then father had sent someone to pick me up from the bus stop to my ultimate destination. At destination spend 2 hours. The person dropped me back to the bus stop then again same journey back home. Called father from within the bus and he was waiting for me at the stop at 10:30 PM in the night. And now I am back home. Thank God! 

Had the dinner. Went to sleep. And now I am waking up after 14 long hours. This is the maximum I have ever slept at home. 14 hours continuous sound sleep. Shocking!

Now sleeping during the journey is a common thing. I am also good at it. But coming home tired and sleeping for 14 hrs continuously seems shocking. Someone else, who ever had the same experience.
I don’t know, but journey in buses here in India would be completely different from yours. I don’t think you would need 14 hrs sleep to get back to normal. :-)
If someone had ever broken this record of mine. Kindly, share it with us. It would certainly make someone feel great about herself.
Thanks!
Permalink Another poster... 
March 1st, 2005
18 Hrs on a bus - Edinburgh to Brighton. Probably a nicer bus, but still appalling.
Permalink Andrew Cherry 
March 1st, 2005
West Lafayette, IN -> Tampa, FL. 36 hours on Greyhound. Everytime you finally start to doze off, drivers changed so you had to wake up and present your ticket again. That sucked.
Permalink Peter 
March 1st, 2005
2 months on a bus, backpacking around the USA. I got ya beat.

I'm sure I've slept more than 14 hours at a time, it's not uncommon for me.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
The longest single contiguous trip was 3 days from New York to Seattle. Personally, I find the bus fascinating. Unlike an airplane, everyone on the bus has a story, and it's never "I'm going to a business conference" or "I'm going on vacation."
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
When I was 16 I rode from Plainville, CT to Methuen, MA on a 10 speed bike over the course of 36 hours. I think it was something like 225 miles.

At 19 I rode a Greyhound bus for 36 hours from New Britian, CT to Orlando, FL. Not only did you have to wake up every 2 hours to change drivers, you had to change BUSES every 4. Good times.

I've slept for close to 24 hours before, but I also have a lot of medical issues. ;)
Permalink muppet 
March 1st, 2005
Bus again. Graz to Athens. Ouch.
Permalink trollop 
March 1st, 2005
Drove from Sacramento to South Carolina in 3.5 days. I have no memory of the state of Arkansas...
Permalink example 
March 1st, 2005
Left from Indy to NYC by car on a Monday morning, helped a friend move out of his no-elevator fourth floor apartment, drove back to Indy, got back Wednesday 8 PM. Ugh.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
March 1st, 2005
225 MILES.

ON A TEN SPEED.

YOU ALL LOSE.
Permalink muppet 
March 1st, 2005
Ah, but why did you do it? That's the key.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
March 1st, 2005
PUH-lease. I used to do 100 miles a day.

Besides, I think Joel has us all beat - cross country on a bicycle.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
100 miles a day. Yep, I'll buy that. :)

This was with no training, conditioning, or experience.

Aaron - to visit my girlfriend, of course, who broke up with me when I arrived. :)
Permalink muppet 
March 1st, 2005
According to Map24.com

Plainville, CONNECTICUT
Methuen, MASSACHUSETTS

129.25 mi
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
Maybe if you draw a straight line between them. Also, on a ten speed, you can't use any interstates. It was over 200 miles by the route I took. If I still had the map I used, I'd lay out the route for you.
Permalink muppet 
March 1st, 2005
My co-worker sometimes rides his bike home (bus to work, bike home). 29 miles from the office to his house. Almost all downhill. I think he has spent about $10k on medical bills from the 3 crashes he's had in the last year. This last crash has had him out of the office for 3 weeks (so far) with a broken collarbone. He claims peak speed of 56mph, and I've seen him riding, so I believe it. Bike + 40-50mph + "oops I didn't see that 2x4 laying there" = outtawork big time.
Permalink Peter 
March 1st, 2005
Well...225 miles one way, get dumped, 225 miles back...yeah, that's pretty high on the suck list.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
March 1st, 2005
Barcelona-London is 24 hours. Done it a few times, but would recommend the plane instead (or the train if you are under 26).

Sub-continental buses are something different. Once I travelled second class from Colombo to Kandy. It appears you get squashed by a better class of person than in first class. There was only one guy near me who had a comfortable seat all journey. He sat on the toilet.

Came back by bus. Can't say it was much of an improvement. I now hire a van and driver.
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 1st, 2005
I spent a large portion of four months on the Greyhounds a few years back. Which was ... interesting. Free conversations with recently freed felons for every passenger!

Longest single journey was 26 hours - San Austin to Flagstaff.
Permalink Jp 
March 1st, 2005
muppet never made any mention of riding the 225 miles back :)
Permalink Somebody 
March 1st, 2005
Longest ever journey was Tallinn to Helsinki to Heathrow to San Diego, around 24 hours altogether, even though I started out at 6am Saturday morning and was in California by 2pm the same day. Lost an entire Tuesday on the way back though.

Longest bus journey - I've had a couple 10 hour ones (each way), Stockholm to about the middle of Norway via Oslo to go around the Scandinavian mountain ridge, and Tallinn to St. Petersburg, which is a five-hour drive and a five-hour customs stop.

I've had a lot of days where I've spent 5 hours on a bus, coming from the capital to the university town, including about three such days consecutively.
Permalink Flasher T 
March 1st, 2005
+Total 16 hours bus journey in a day.
+Got bus at 5:30 in the morning-->spend 5 hours in a bus-->

Should be "Spent 5 hours in the bus"

Another poster you need to be a little careful about your English !!
Permalink Tavinder Sodhi 
March 2nd, 2005
Actually, (notice the condescension at the beginning of the sentence), 'spending 5 hours in a bus' would be correct or at least idiomatically so. The common usage would be 'on' not 'in' in both cases though.

(continuous present) spend five hours on a bus.

(past tense) spent five hours on a bus.

Stephen Jones can tear me to shreds now for my exceedingly small knowledge of grammar.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 2nd, 2005
Simon, I noticed this mistake of mine from the first post of Andrew itself when he wrote "18 Hrs on a bus".

Anyway, Thank you all for responding. It really made me feel great.:-)

Now, Tavinder, kid.
I would not be responding to your further posts. Thanks for taking so much pain in teaching me "English".
No wonder why and how few Britishers ruled our country for so long?
No wonder why we many a times are treated badly in some countries?
No wonder why we are so fast at obliging the west that we just forget what the needs of the country are?
Thanks to people like you. Indeed.

To me most important is Character, Courage, Trustworthiness, Honesty, Faithfulness, Politeness...To me these things are important. And I can assure you this is the reason why people love me here in India. I have got this competitive advantage. :-)

To me learning a foreign language is secondary. So I would urge you not to waste so much time on teaching me English because I see enough of people like you and they mean nothing to me. To me intentions are important.

So my dear kid, go, go …..and teach someone else English.
Really funny aspect here is, I would have understood if Simon, Stephen…..would have asked me to correct my English. I sincerely apologize to all of you who are not able to get what I really want to convey. But here comes few intellectual Indians who are going all the way to teach me English.

Thanks to Tavinder, west never need to worry from India on anything.
Permalink Another poster... 
March 2nd, 2005
WTF ? I am not an Indian !!!!! And don't you think that calling me names like "Kid" etc. is a little puerile.I just cannot understand why you are so petulant ? Do you eat spicy Indian food?
By the way,
+"couple of steps and minutes latter-->"
"should be couple of steps and minutes later-->"
Permalink Tavinder Sodhi 
March 2nd, 2005
Are phir bhag yaha se, kyo dimag kha raha hai!
Permalink Another poster... 
March 2nd, 2005
??????
Permalink Tavinder Sodhi 
March 2nd, 2005
+Really funny aspect here is, I would have understood if Simon, Stephen…..would have asked me to correct my English

should be

Really funny aspect here is, I would have understood if Simon, Stephen…. had asked me to correct my English

Please try to understand that I am not trying to belittle you by correcting your mistakes, on the contrary I am only trying to help you realize your mistakes, which I think will help you in the long run.
Permalink Tavinder Sodhi 
March 2nd, 2005
Tavinder Sodhi,

Do not dirty your hands. Not worth it.
Permalink  
March 2nd, 2005
Give it up Tavinder, you are not right either. And you are being deliberately troublesome, everyone here can see it.

What Another poster wrote:

"Really funny aspect here is, I would have understood if Simon, Stephen…..would have asked me to correct my English"

is, but for one small detail, perfectly fine idiomatic English. I know many people born and bred in England who might say it that way.

(The one small detail? One should say "The really funny aspect..." rather than "Really funny aspect...".)

So Tavinder Sodhi, before you presume to teach others, you should learn a little better yourself!

Ian (born and bred in England)
Permalink Ian Boys 
March 2nd, 2005
Strange - "on a bus/train/plane" but "in a car".
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 2nd, 2005
> What Another poster wrote ... is, but for one small detail, perfectly fine idiomatic English

Many, perhaps most, of her sentences, for example "got down from the bus-->couple of steps and minutes latter", will identify her as not English ... but, so what? I'd be quite surprised if there is any English-speaking person who does not understand virtually everything she says.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
March 2nd, 2005
Ok ... I once slept through most of a 24 hour flight from Singapore back to Eastern Standard Time ... arrived in the late afternoon ... went to bed and slept until the next afternoon ... woke up then, for 6 or 8 hours, and went back to bed again and slept that night.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
March 2nd, 2005

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