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Author Topic: NJ to Little Rock via Greyhound, What's there to see alongside the interstates?  (Read 9474 times)

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I will be traveling via greyhound bus to little rock. I know what there is as far as richmond VA, but heading west of there i do not know.



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with those break times... next to nothing, I'm afraid.  breakfast in Knoxville may be doable?
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with those break times... next to nothing, I'm afraid.  breakfast in Knoxville may be doable?

I meant like neat road construction/bridges
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Pretty scenery between Charlottesville and Nashville. I presume the route will be US 29 to US 460 to I-81 to I-40. The new section of I-40 in Knoxville may be interesting. Unfortunately, you'll be passing through the scenic section of Virginia in the dark.
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Too bad they don't go down Sam Cooper Blvd (Future I-40) in Memphis.
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Too bad they don't go down Sam Cooper Blvd (Future I-40) in Memphis.


For all I know, they will, supposedly they will stop at weird places in town due to where the terminals are.
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Unfortunately the portion of the trip in Charlottesville won't take you past the University because there's a low bridge with a 10-foot clearance.

Passing through at that time of night you really won't get to see much in Virginia. The portion of US-29 south of Charlottesville can feel like driving into a dark cave at times if the Moon isn't visible, and that's when you're driving a car, so I assume riding on a bus (with at least some level of interior illumination) will make it even harder to see anything. I'd bring a good book or a Kindle (or other similar device) and forget about road sights at that time of night.

Based on your schedule you at least ought to get a good view of the I-95 HO/T lane construction in Virginia, as I assume the bus will use that route between DC and Richmond.
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If you cross the Mississippi River on the I-55 bridge, note the Harahan bridge to the north and note the old approaches on the west side of the bridge.  After you get through West Memphis, it would be a good time to take a nap.  This stretch of I-40 is one of the most boring highways on the planet.
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Okay, I am about 30 mins from Richmond, i95 had issues in Delaware, and in Baltimore we took 95 to md295 down to dc, then 395 out to 95

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Okay, the trip route between Philly and Richmond was as follows.

I-95 out of Philly to take me down to Baltimore, then the Balt-Wash Parkway to take the bus between Baltimore and DC, 395 out of the city to 95 to take us into Richmond, Will update at the next major stop. The bus i was on last did not have the power sockets working, so i was unable to use my laptop to update. Expect little posts like the pre-edit version of this to get the raw info. leaving the pre-edit on this post only for an example. Later ones will be revised and deleted. Just think of it as me taking notes and then editing it down later on.
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OMG, 32 hours on a Greyhound bus :confused: :confused: :confused: I bet this is the last long Greyhound ride you take  :ded: I've ridden from Grand Rapids, MI to Pensacola, FL it was hell, pure hell!! :-(. I will walk before I ride another Greyhound.
Why? Do you know the kind of lowlife that ride the bus and how bad they smell? You cannot get a seat by yourself, they are setup 2 seats together, skinny aisle, 2 seats together. The seats aren't near wide enough and its difficult to avoid contact with the ???? sitting next to you. Then the seats in front of you are right at your knees so its impossible to stretch out or sleep. If its a extended stop, everyone must get off the bus! And Lord, Lord if you are transferring to a different bus you have to put your bags at the station door to your next bus or you'll be behind 20 other people waiting to get on. I have seen a bus fill up, those at the end of the line are left waiting for the next bus. agentsteel53 mentioned breakfast in Knoxville maybe.I wouldn't stray too far from the bus station, or better yet stay inside.All the stations I stopped at were in the ghetto area of town, so be alert stay unhurt. Like I said NEVER AGAIN, Greyhound SUCKS!!/rant. I'll be interested to read your experience.
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The stations sucked, but for the most part once i transfered in richmond, it was not bad at all. The bus we left on was barely filled since it was a late night bus. had two seats to myself
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I wouldn't trust Greyhound to get you there without serious delays. They are the most incompetent transport service I've ever dealt with.

I was 6 hours late getting home from St. Louis because of them, and that was a much shorter route. There'll be a lot more chances for Greyhound to screw up on a longer route like New Jersey to Little Rock.
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I wouldn't trust Greyhound to get you there without serious delays. They are the most incompetent transport service I've ever dealt with.

I was 6 hours late getting home from St. Louis because of them, and that was a much shorter route. There'll be a lot more chances for Greyhound to screw up on a longer route like New Jersey to Little Rock.

The only issues were due to traffic in and out of DC/Philly/Baltimore/Richmond. Other than that it actually was smooth driving and i arrived at my final destination just 20 mins late
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If you cross the Mississippi River on the I-55 bridge, note the Harahan bridge to the north and note the old approaches on the west side of the bridge.  After you get through West Memphis, it would be a good time to take a nap.  This stretch of I-40 is one of the most boring highways on the planet.

Speaking as a former Greyhound driver, I know, for a fact, that any bus schedule leaving Memphis for Little Rock will cross the Mississippi River on the I-40 Hernando De Soto bridge. 
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If you cross the Mississippi River on the I-55 bridge, note the Harahan bridge to the north and note the old approaches on the west side of the bridge.  After you get through West Memphis, it would be a good time to take a nap.  This stretch of I-40 is one of the most boring highways on the planet.

Speaking as a former Greyhound driver, I know, for a fact, that any bus schedule leaving Memphis for Little Rock will cross the Mississippi River on the I-40 Hernando De Soto bridge. 

Yes, but we went on the I-55 bridge.
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I do not envy you, as I rode a Greyhound from Asheville, NC to Orlando, FL.  They take the long way and maybe an interstate if there is one available like from Asheville to Hendersonville, NC they did use I-240 and I-26, but US 25 all the way to Augusta which was not bad by the way.  Then US 1 from there to Jacksonville deviating from US 1 at Swainsboro to GA 297 to stop in Vidalia where we had to leave the bus for meals.  The station had a counter selling meatball sandwiches there before heading back on GA 15-29 to US 1 and there to Jax.

At Jax we had to transfer to a more crowded bus to Orlando where I had to sit next to someone else the remainder. If one person got off in St. Augustine one other took his place, so the bus never emptied out being scrunched all the way home.  BTW, the bus only used I-95 to bypass Bunnel as that city did not have a scheduled stop and we did get to ride on I-4 from Daytona to Orlando.

Yes, whoever said the stations are in the bad part of town is not far from the truth.  Orlando has its on John Young Parkway just south of FL 50 and even Daytona Beach had its in the not so good part of town either away from the beach resort area along US 1.  We can all guess why that is so, but I am not going to go into that one, but bus travel has its ups and its downs.  The downs is subject mostly the whole entire way though.
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The stations are often in the bad parts of town.  However, the Minneapolis Greyhound station seems to be in a good part of town, and the Fargo station seems to be in a nice location.  The Bismarck station was on the outskirts of town just off of Business Loop 94 in a suburban type commercial area.  The one in Fort Smith., Arkansas is in the nasty part of town.
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The stations are often in the bad parts of town.  However, the Minneapolis Greyhound station seems to be in a good part of town, and the Fargo station seems to be in a nice location.  The Bismarck station was on the outskirts of town just off of Business Loop 94 in a suburban type commercial area.  The one in Fort Smith., Arkansas is in the nasty part of town.
"Nasty"? No, I wouldn't go quite that far. Not the greatest part of town, but I sat there for an hour waiting for a friend to come up from Texas and had no problems.

Fayetteville's, BTW is in an old liquor store just off 49 :)
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Kissimmee, FL has its in the good part of town as its directly across the street from the Osceola County Courthouse near Downtown.
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Boston's bus station is South Station, which is in a part of town that I would feel totally safe just walking around in. It also connects directly to the T without you having to even leave the building.
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Providence and Buffalo Greyhound stations are both in downtown areas. Providence's Kennedy Plaza is actually getting reconstructed. Not rough, but there are plenty of bums around that. The terminal at Buffalo has a Tim Horton's, so win there -- I didn't leave the station in Buffalo so I don't know that area. The New York terminal is basically right at the end of the Lincoln Tunnel -- not too much to be found there.

On the other hand, Cincinnati's station is next to the Horseshoe Casino...just on the north edge of downtown, by the courthouse. Rough part of town.
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The New York terminal is basically right at the end of the Lincoln Tunnel -- not too much to be found there.
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OMG, 32 hours on a Greyhound bus :confused: :confused: :confused: I bet this is the last long Greyhound ride you take  :ded: I've ridden from Grand Rapids, MI to Pensacola, FL it was hell, pure hell!! :-(. I will walk before I ride another Greyhound.
Why? Do you know the kind of lowlife that ride the bus and how bad they smell? You cannot get a seat by yourself, they are setup 2 seats together, skinny aisle, 2 seats together. The seats aren't near wide enough and its difficult to avoid contact with the ???? sitting next to you. Then the seats in front of you are right at your knees so its impossible to stretch out or sleep. If its a extended stop, everyone must get off the bus! And Lord, Lord if you are transferring to a different bus you have to put your bags at the station door to your next bus or you'll be behind 20 other people waiting to get on. I have seen a bus fill up, those at the end of the line are left waiting for the next bus. agentsteel53 mentioned breakfast in Knoxville maybe.I wouldn't stray too far from the bus station, or better yet stay inside.All the stations I stopped at were in the ghetto area of town, so be alert stay unhurt. Like I said NEVER AGAIN, Greyhound SUCKS!!/rant. I'll be interested to read your experience.

Having taken Greyhound many times (Newport News to Myrtle Beach, SC (~7h each way) and St. Louis, MO (~16h each way)), I can concur with this statement.
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I don't see how Greyhound stays in business considering how mean their bus drivers all.  I guess it's the last resort so that keeps it in business.
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