What are we talking about today?

Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

29 June 2011

The (Beginnings of a) Plan

This was the flyer route that used to
serve our street. It has since been
eliminated, to my great regret.
As mentioned Monday, we're taking our use of the local bus system, and thus our exploration of Austin, to a whole new level. In theory, we're going to ride all of CapMetro's 84 separate routes around Austin. I may have bitten off more than I can chew here.

But actually, it's not as fantastic (or as bleak, depending on which way you look at it) as all that. First off, we've already ridden the buses that come by our apartment from beginning to end multiple times, and will almost certainly be using them to get to the other routes, so we need not count those (although I'll probably write about them, if I can get over that "familiarity breeds contempt" thing).

Since the train can go either direction,
it kind of reminds me of Doctor
Doolittle's pushmi-pullyu.
Of the rest: Some routes have an associated flyer (express) route that covers the same territory: no need to take both. A few routes are short, specific shuttle services that we will only take if we need to. Nine buses are late-night services that come nowhere near my neighbourhood; I love the bus and I love blogging, but not enough to stay out until the wee hours and then have a long walk home just to write about it. Then there are a couple of other maybes, like the express bus that actually leaves town. So, subtracting all the "definitely not"s and "already done"s from the list, I'm left with about 50 definites and five maybes (I get a different number every time I count).

I see a lot of this in my future.
Of course, it wouldn't be a project without rules, so here they are:

1. Always plan ahead.
2. Ask the bus drivers for help when confused. (I'm really bad at this; I'd rather blunder around any day than actually ask for help. Well, no more!)
3. Take a notebook, the camera, and a spare set of batteries on each trip.
4. Find at least two interesting places to stop on each route.
5. Write the blog post right away after a trip so I don't forget everything.

So, the real question today is: What should we call this adventure?


Anonymous said...

Transit Trials?
Have Bus Will Travel?
Parden My Pass?
The Bus Stops Here?

okay, I'm quitting now.

Deniz Bevan said...

What a neat idea!
Hmm, I'm bad at this... What about the Adventure of the Barefoot Bus Bohemians?
Uh, no.

Su said...

@mybabyjohn: I like ALL of those! How am I supposed to choose one? ;)

@Deniz: Cute! Except I'd hate to encourage my husband to go barefoot on the bus; he already goes barefoot everywhere else!

Jenny said...

I LOVE the Pushmi-pullyu! :)

Here, There and Everywhere?
Bus-y Bee
Su The Adventurous Bus Rider

Sorry, that's all I've got right now! lol

Bob Sanchez said...


Su said...

@Jenny: Cute!

@Bob: Ooh, fun! My hubby likes that one, too!

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

I don't have a suggestion, but I vote for "Have Bus Will Travel".

Karen Peterson said...

I used to live in Montreal and they have an excellent public transit system. I loved it and wish I lived somewhere similar. As much as I enjoy my car, I wouldn't mind never driving.

Su said...

@Jenni: Duly noted!

@Karen: We're not quite up to "excellent" in Austin, but we're probably hovering in "not bad" range. I would LOVE to live somewhere that it's excellent again! In the meantime, though, I suppose I'll make do with what I have. ;) I really love not having to drive.

Deniz Bevan said...

@Karen - you did? we do? I'm always complaining that our Montreal trains don't run as often as the ones down in, say, NYC!