Adventures on the Greydog

Discussion in 'Road Stories' started by Kabar, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. Kabar

    Kabar Road Train Member

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    Ok, So I'm starting this thread to hear the stories of riding the greydog. Everyone has ridden the greydog and I bet there are some great stories about those trips. So go ahead and lets all laugh at the greydog. For those of you who don't know what the greydog is. It's Greyhound.

    So I just took a 4 day trip from Idaho Falls ID to Memphis TN. Was transferring from the term in IDF to Memphis. The trucks are assigned by terms so I had to turn in the IDF truck there and the ride the grey dog to Memphis to get a new one there. I had taken my better half with me so she could see what it was like out on the road. So she got to go on the greydog to.

    It started out as a boring ride from IDF to Salt Lake. Nothing big happen. We thought that the whole thing would be this way. 1day 19hrs of boredom. WRONG. The trip got long and more advent full as we got to each change point. This is how it was supposed to go IDF to SLC, SLC to DEN, DEN to Amarillo, Amarillo to OKC, OKC to Little Rock, LR to Memphis. Leave out on Tuesday at 1230 be in Memphis Thursday at 0830. After SLC that plan went all to hell. We caught the bus out of SLC going to DEN. Got as for as 30 miles west of Green river when we where caught in a traffic jam. A major back up on I-80 in the middle of Wy in the middle of the night. A FedEx truck had caught on fire and it had explosives of it. So they shut down the east bound side for 3.5 hrs. there we sit in the middle of Wy in the middle of the night. People wondering around on the freeway. Needless to say that when they did re-open it we where late getting in to DEN and missed our connection. We had to Totally re-schedule everything now. New time in to Memphis 0830 Friday.

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  3. Nighthawk34

    Nighthawk34 Light Load Member

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    It's been about 12 years since I have been on the greydog.. but after sitting around their terminal in L.A CA for 2hrs for a layover (TWICE) it is definatly not something I look forward to ever doing again.. no matter where you tried to sit back and relax at the terminal it smelt like a rotten urinal both inside and out.... I was originally on my way to ROCOR to start to drive for them but about 3/4's of the way there my wife had called and told me my G-ma had a MAJOR stroke soooo change of plans and had to head back to Cali all in all I think I spent about 1.5 - 2 weeks on the dog or in terminals and that was Central coast Cali to New Mexico and back....
     
  4. Biscuit75

    Biscuit75 Road Train Member

    My experience with them are few, and that's because that's all it took for me to never use them again. It was when I was first starting out in trucking and had to get to the terminal in Gary, In. from Detroit. This is about a 3.5 - 4 hour drive. The trip took easily 7+ hours. The people you get to share this ride with leave a lot to be desired socially.

    When I left a company I worked for in the Little Rock area I took the train home. That was pretty cool and still to this day want to take a cross country vacation on a train with the first class sleeper.

    When I started with my current company they offered a greydog from Columbus to Chicago. Typically a 5.75 - 6 hour drive. On greydog... between 8.5 and 12 hours. NO WAY! I got on Southwest website two weeks early, got a ticket for $85 ($25 more than grey) and was from my apartment to my hotel within 3 hours.

    I will NEVER take a grey dog ever again in my life.
     
  5. GuysLady

    GuysLady Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Oh Lordy!

    I made a trip from Youngstown, OH to Visalia, CA on the greydog, and that was INSANE!

    I made that trip because I was out on the truck with my husband, and it looked like we were not going to make it back in time for me to take my uncle to chemo....

    Let's see...

    The driver got a speeding ticket just outside Indianapolis...

    Then we missed the connection in Indy...

    The we hit a snowstorm on the way to St Louis... AND the heater went out!

    They supposedly fixed the heater in St Louis.. yeah right!

    We missed the connection in Kansas City... (Same snowstorm!)

    By the time we reached Salina KS, I was ready to catch anything southbound and get my brother to pick me up in Wichita and to Hell with the chemo session...

    But I didn't...

    We made it into Denver, and were transferred to another bus.. With another driver. (We had already changed drivers in Salina.)

    We got outside of Vail, and were pulled over by Colorado State Troopers, who told the driver to chain up or park. PARK? PARK WHERE?? We had no heater, AGAIN, and 35 elderly persons on that bus! The snow was coming down very heavy, and it was COLD!

    Guess what? Greyhound had given us a driver to go through those mountains, who had no clue how to throw chains!

    Me and 2 teenage boys put chains on that bus! And I had to do it without gloves, because all I had were fluffy pink MITTENS!

    Then the bus driver tells us, "I don't know how to drive with chains on!"

    That blew my temper to pieces, I told him to shut up and drive or shut up and get out of my way, because this bus was getting to Grand Junction, whether he drove or I drove! There wa no way I was going to sit on that bus and watch 40 people freeze to death.

    He drove to Grand Junction.

    Then we got stuck in Vegas... I spent 18 hours there.

    In the end, what was supposed to be a 41 hour trip, according to Greyhound, turned into 58 hours....

     
  6. Biscuit75

    Biscuit75 Road Train Member

    How is Greyhound still in business and Amtrak always having funding issues? Nobody likes Greyhound. Everyone has one of these stories. I wouldn't have made it past St. louis on GuysLady's trip.
     
  7. GuysLady

    GuysLady Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I try to keep it in perspective. If I had not been on that bus in Colorado, what would have happened to all those elderly folks? I was the only one there who knew how to put those chains on... and the only one with the courage (and the license!) to "highjack" that bus if that driver hadn't decided to drive it himself...
     
  8. outerspacehillbilly

    outerspacehillbilly "Instigator of the Legend"

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    Never road one, never will, I'd hitchhike to Cali from NY before I'd ride a greyhound. You ever seen them on the rode? No thanks.
     
  9. Nighthawk34

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    Cause The Greydog stops in more locations than Amtrak !!! :yes2557: but I'd still never ride on it again if I ever have a choice !!!!!!

    I know from Auburn CA (20 min NE of Sacramento) to Salinas CA takes about 2.5-3 hours in a car... Greydog took 12 hours when my G-ma had come down to visit one time (not the one that had the stroke but my other one) They stop in every little whole in the wall town and she was on the "express" bus !!!!!:biggrin_2551:
     
  10. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    My first and only experience with Greyhound was August '74 when I left for college and my mom and dad put me on the bus from NYC to Tampa. I still, after 35 years have nightmares about that ordeal.
     
  11. walleye

    walleye Road Train Member

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    I got to take the Greyhound home from Sterling CO. after I was fired then rehired, Quit,Rehired and then fired from the same job in about an hours time!!!,..

    The bus ride was a blast!!!!!!,........I can still remember the people I was riding with.....A pair a Japanese kids touring the states,..A runaway girl from Chicago that made it to Wyoming before turning around to go home,..A slick con-man kid from Minneapolis,..A chick from Holland on her way cross country to New York to catch a flight home,She was in a collage exchange program and wanted to see the country before going home,..And another chick from WI,..........We all were in our early 20's and got to talking and were having a blast....When we pulled into Ogalala Nebraska we had a 1 hour wait for some outbound freight,..Greyhound hauls freight...Who knew???

    We ventured into a pub and the Japanese kids decided to through a party!!,....Shots and beers all around and a couple of bottles of schnapps for the road at the insistence of the con-man kid who was also smoking my cigarettes,.....WOW was the driver pissed when his passengers showed up at the buss with a good old buzz started!!
    Some how the con-man kid talked the driver into letting us on the buss and away we went,..Talking and drinking and enjoying the ride...

    We had to change buses in Lincoln,..Again with a delay which led us to think it would be a good idea to go down the street to find a local pub for a few,...I would suggest never going into a pub within walking distance of a Greyhound station,..Not the best neighborhood,...But we closed the place down and returned to the station to promptly miss our buss,..But the good folks at Greyhound let us on the next one,..Not sure how the con-man kid who was still smoking my cigarettes talked them into that,...

    Everyone but the con-man kid that smoked my cigarettes and Iwent east at Demoines,..He and I continued north for the rest of my trip,..Drunk,Hungover and tired we rolled into Minneapolis,...Where the con-man kids dad was meeting him at the station,..The kid asked his dad for a couple of packs of smokes to replace the ones he smoked and his dad gave them to me,..So he77 even the con-man kid turned out to be a good cat,....

    It was a very memorable trip for me,...I sometimes wonder where life took those that I was lucky enough to share a road trip across the mid west with...
     
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