Spreading good words around...
Spreading good words around...

Golden Jubilee US Greyhound Bus Tour!

My new book, Two Summers: Nixon, Trump and Greyhound Buses, is due to be published by Elbow Publishing on July 1, 2020. It tells the story of my two trips around America, 50 years apart (for itinerary press here). How does America, under its divisive President, compare with the America of President Nixon? Have electronic media changed bus travel? Will my ageing body stand up to the adventure? 

Polarisation, kindnesses and magnificent vistas

What I learnt on my trip

  • Greyhound buses still deliver magnificent vistas – but social media have killed the community spirit
  • Things change quickly. In just 50 years the Houston Astrodome, for instance, has moved from being the eighth wonder of the world to an empty shell.
  • Be careful about taking photos of guns on supermarket shelves. It may have unintended consequences.
  • Some people believe in the President: ‘I have been in business for years and know how to judge people,’’ one man told me.. ‘The one thing you can definitely say about Donald Trump is that he speaks the truth.’
  • America is polarised but Americans can still be extraordinarily generous. When I asked a couple of ladies if they knew where I could get some lunch they reached into their wallets. When I shared the story I was advised to look in the mirror before I went out!
  • You can do at 72 what you did at 22 - though more slowly and if you don't watch your feet you might fall over and hurt yourself.

'The interesting thing is going to be whether you make it' - an unnamed friend

'This is such a powerful idea, Tim, and we wish you happy trails and intriguing (and relatively safe) adventures' - another unnamed friend

'I wish you all the best in your new wacky adventure' - third unnamed friend 

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