In an effort to battle the absorbant price of fuel, help keep our air clean, become more aware of my surroundings, and deal with one vechicle being out of operation, I carpooled into work last night and made arrangements to ride the Valley Metro Bus system home. Here's what my morning looked like..
7:30 AM - Clock Out and then hang around for co-worker.
7:46 AM - Leave with said co-worker who gave me a ride to the nearest bus stop.
7:59 AM - Arrive at Bus Stop and wait for Route 13. Hung out with an African American lady with a large bag of laundry, and a student who chain smoked the whole time.
8:15 AM Boarded air conditioned bus and bought one day pass. Found a seat up front and confidently pulled out my books having high hopes I'd be home soon.
8:45 AM Passed connecting stop with out getting off the bus. That schedule is not as easy to read as I thought.
9:00 AM Exit bus at last stop, not realizing missed stop was really far away. Walked 2 miles in 100 degree weather before finding a fruit stand that sold drinks and also finding the bus stop for my next route. Walked by some of Phoenix's finest industrial areas, several construction projects, and over a train crossing.
9:48 AM Realizing the next bus wouldn't come for 40 minutes, I called the wife and had her load up the kids to come rescue me.
10:10 AM Wife arrives with Powerade and happy kids. Rode home the last one third of my trip in my own van.
10:20 AM Arrived to house where I promptly took my exhausted sweaty self to bed. Normally, I'm home by 8:00. I'll try again tomorrow.
It'd be nice to find a car pool buddy to go the other way with, but most people leave UPS and head not home, but to their next job.