Southern Travels : Lovin da Megabus New Orleans to Austin


After 13 torturous hours on the hound.  This by the seat traveler got his act together.  Bought a Megabus ticket  on my Samsung.  From New Orleans  to Houston Texas and from Houston to Dallas and from Dallas to Austin.  It was gonna be a long day….

Megabus is well known in the south, and East Coast.  Low fares fast and direct routes  with fares as low as a buck.

Unlike Greyhound, there are no brick and mortar bus stations , just pick up points.   Fares are paid in advance  through the net, no cash changes hands .   Destinations are from point A to point B.

The Purple double decker buses have WiFi and power outlets for your PC or phone.

After being on the Greyhound for nearly 14 hours I had my reservations.

(http://sacratomatovillepost.com/2012/09/28/bus-6062-from-atlanta-to-new-orleans/)

There was a long line of people at  (Bienville Ave b/t N Peter St and N Front) at the pick up point in New Orleans.   It didn’t help when  a basic white bus pulled up in the bus stop.   Suddenly a purple double decker rounded the corner.  Whew!

A single female driver asked passengers to line up in a single line.   She took printed papers, and looked at phone conformations then waved passengers on to the bus.  A young man loaded luggage.    One woman with cash in her hand said she didn’t know she had to pre-purchase her ticket and was told the next bus to Houston would be about five.    She attempted to argue with the driver, who ignored her and boarded other passengers.

Most of the passengers  sat on the lower level, I went to upper level ,above the driver.     I was like a five year old boy, I had the entire space to myself.      The roof wasn’t glass and made of a tinted  plastic like material.    In the background was the Steve Harvey Show, Cool air was blowing through the vents.   There were large white trash bags on every fifth seat and the bus was clean.

The driver, went through the rules.. no smoking, please keep the bus clean, if there was a spill let her know and she would help clean it up.      There was going to be one stop.   and we would arrive in Houston on time!

Heaven on Wheels from New Orleans to Houston

The passengers on the Megabus were younger, one could almost say college students.  The leg room was okay as was the Wi Fi Service.   But there was wi fi and it was free.   There were electrical outlets in the ceilings and on the front seat.

The driver was no-nonsense…   Some one was loudly chewing gum and she told she could hear it above the music and perhaps she could go upstairs.    Our  single stop was at a Texaco  service station with a small restaurant in Western Louisiana.       Every thing was fried or had cheese, things that shouldnt be fried was fried,and slathered in mayo.    What I scraped off could have made two sandwiches.

There were moments when I thought, being on the upper level wasn’t a good idea.   I was worried that the top of the bus would hit the overpasses, especially when the bus bounced.

We arrived in Houston five minutes ahead of schedule.

The heat and humidity was oppressive and had won, give me the 100 degree dry Sacramento heat anytime.

Houston to Dallas in 20 minutes. 

Eleven dollars was the cost of my ticket.    Unlike New Orleans, this stop was a large lot where they washed and serviced the buses in Downtown Houston.   There were a few tents that sheltered passengers from the sun but not the humidity.   No water or drinks……

Two people, were sitting in  my coveted upper front window seats and I sat a row or two behind them.   I took pictures of  downtown Houston from my phone and texted them to friends and family.   Plugged up my and PC, phone and drifted off to sleep.   When I woke up, I was in the Dallas Metroplex four hours later.

I spent the night in Arlington.

The trip from Dallas (actually Grand Prairie Texas) to Austin was Five bucks.   Rinse and Repeat.

Megabus are now apart of my plans of my next visit to the east coast.

You miss a lot flying over the country or driving alone .     People in the airport rarely smile, or exchange pleasantries  it’s no longer a pleasant experience.

I was mostly smiles on this trip on the bus,  I met interesting people.   There is something to be said about old school….   Connecting.

If you have the time,  consider, the Bus or the Train

Note:  I am a big and tall man, 6.4 and over 300 pounds and you’re not likely to experience my level of discomfort and most travelers will discover they have much more room on the buses and trains than they do on the airlines. 

http://us.megabus.com/Default.aspx

https://www.greyhound.com/

http://www.amtrak.com/home

Cityfella 

 

 

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Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

3 thoughts on “Southern Travels : Lovin da Megabus New Orleans to Austin

  1. You are my inhalation, I possess few web logs and sometimes run out from brand :). “He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.” by George Orwell.

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