Route 66 with Bubba the Bus; Alameda to San Francisco: Bus Life As A Solo Female Traveler

San Francisco to Alameda is a four hour round trip, and a large part of that is the Bay Bridge; which I have decided that there is no good time to cross. Today I will pick up Bubba the Bus in Alameda for the final time, as my friend has hooked me up with a … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus, Day 10: Bakersfield to Alameda: Bus Life As A Solo Female Traveler

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” Jack Kerouac (On the Road) When I was a kid, … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus, Day 9: Laughlin to Bakersfield

Essex, California is nothing more than a wide spot in the road. Population 89, down from 111. It is right off Interstate 40 and has two buildings consisting of a cafe, post office, towing company, tire shop and gas station. There may have been more to the ‘soon to be ghost town’, but, I didn’t … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus, Day 8: Flagstaff to Laughlin

My heart is a little heavy leaving Flagstaff; a quaint city, nestled in the pines and cool breezes of Northern Arizona. I loved my little 2.8-star room at the foot of the mountains. (Allegedly the motel is under new management, but, the room was lovely for a mere $39.00. Starbucks was located across the street, … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus, Day 7: Albuquerque to Flagstaff

Albuquerque to Flagstaff–a mere 323 miles. I woke up early, and although I was told there was a lovely breakfast at the hotel, I wasn’t down to give it a go, considering how horrible the place was. If I could give it negative stars, I would, but, Trip Advisor requires at least one star in … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus, Day 6: Shamrock to Albuquerque

I got up this morning in Shamrock, Texas; checked the oil and water on Bubba–and began the trek Westwards. I didn’t plan to make Albuquerque, as it is nearly 400 miles–and that’s a lot of driving and heat. But, I LOVE this bus. He is SO fun to drive; I find myself looking forward to … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus, Day 5; Fayetteville to Shamrock

Who was forced to read The Grapes of Wrath in High School? Weren’t we all? Who chose to review the Cliff Notes, instead? Didn’t we all? Well, I had a grandmother who brought me a box of books each month, and John Steinbeck was in that box. The story is actually pretty great. It’s set … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus Day 4: Resting in Arkansas

For me, today is another day of rest. Once Bubba and I hit the road from Fayetteville to the Bay Area; we will be on our own. I don’t know where the next hot shower or bed will be; but know they will turn up–(or as we say in my circles, manifest.) Fayetteville Arkansas, located … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus Day 3: Memphis to Fayetteville

Why am I going to Fayetteville, Arkansas? To be perfectly honest; procrastination. I have a friend there, who has offered me a couch and a shower; which I am delighted to take him up on. He is a lovely fellow, who used to live in San Francisco, but, as I’ve said–our beautiful City by the … Read more

Route 66 with Bubba the Bus Day 2: Resting in Memphis

When I woke up this morning, after a wonderful night in Memphis with friends, I was exhausted with a capital E; so, I asked if I could stay one more night in the air-conditioned comfort of my friends fabulous home. Not only did he say yes, but he offered for me to stay at his … Read more