Four chartered buses gathered at the commuter lot at I-35 and 122nd Street to pick up 200 people for a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. This rally is billed as “Restoring Honor” and is said to be non-partisan.
As we gathered and registered, Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s Republican candidate for governor, arrived to greet the people and thank them for taking the time to represent Oklahoma at the rally. She is a gracious lady, as I’m sure her opponent Jari Askins is, and November’s election will produce Oklahoma’s first woman governor.
We left Oklahoma City at dinnertime and made a short stop at what used to be known as the Glass House, the midway station of the Will Rogers Turnpike, between Vinita and Miami.
Back in the bus for a long night, the tedium of riding broken by a couple of movies. A stop in Springfield, MO around midnight allowed for a change of bus drivers. No stop for 200 people can be accomplished in 15 minutes, so we climbed back aboard, knowing that we were running behind.
According to our itinerary we would be in Dayton, Ohio for breakfast between 7:00am and 8:00am. In reality, our breakfast became lunch when we arrived near noon. It is notable that the staff at Bob Evans restaurant was prepared for our breakfast arrival, but couldn’t have been more gracious in taking our lunch orders and serving us quickly.
All in all, the trip has been a good one so far. Tiring? Yes, of course. The Timelines bus is as comfortable as one could be under the circumstances, and it offers electrical outlets and wireless Internet, a miniscule galley, and a tiny bathroom. But as one friend sitting in front of me described it to her husband when talking to him on her cell phone, “It’s like a flight to Australia, only worse.”
Only six more hours to our destination, a Hampton Inn in Washington, D.C. Oh, how nice that bed is going to be!