One of the things I quickly found out was how differently people behaved while riding the buses.
In 1969 we got on the bus and talked. It was the time of the Vietnam war, and I spoke to veterans going to and from the field of battle, some in favour and some definitely not. I spoke to students from many parts of the world, to farmers and small business people and professional people like architects and teachers.
In 2019 it was completely different. As soon as people got on the bus - often before they had found a seat - they took out their electronic devices. They spoke to relatives in far-flung lands, but rarely did they speak to each other on the bus.
Public discourse is not what it used to be.
FIRST LEG: EAST AND SOUTH
July 1: plane to New York (see picture, left)
July 3: train to New Jersey
July 5: bus to Washington
July 8: bus to Roanoke
July 9: bus to Knoxville
July 10: bus to Unadilla
July 12: bus to Orlando
July 14: bus to St Petersburg
July 17: plane to New Orleans
July 19: bus to Covington
July 20: bus to Houston
July 22:bus to Austin
July 25: plane to London
'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
SECOND LEG: WEST AND MIDDLE
August 19: fly to Los Angeles/ Pasadena
August 24: Pasadena to San Jose
August 26: San Jose to Las Vegas
August 27: Las Vegas to Salt Lake City
August 29: Salt Lake City to Steamboat Springs
August 30: Steamboat Springs to Avon
September 1: Avon/ Vail to Denver
September 2: Denver to Omaha
September 3: Omaha to Grinnell
September 5: Grinnell to Chicago
September 7: Chicago to Detroit
September 8: Detroit to Cleveland
September 11: Cleveland to Buffalo/Niagara Falls
September 13: Buffalo to Rochester
September 16: Rochester to Unadilla
Sreptember 18: Unadilla to Boston
September 20: Boston to New York
September 24:fly to London
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A cub on the moor: a short talk on life as a country reporter in the 1970s. Available for Rotary Clubs, Probus, U3A and other groups.
Winning the publications game: the groundbreaking book on writing scientific papers.