US 94 by Greyhound


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This is the American chapter of Nomadic Gatherings.

If you would just like to dive in:

More to Come.

The Fan Scene:

US 94.

The United States of America

A fan travels Greyhound to see a continent, with the excuse of following a major sporting event.

Venue -- The United States.

A sporting event can often provide the spark that lights up paper plans to travel; especially if it is played out across the map, in a selection of venues, over something like 30 days.

The Planning -- When To Go Where.

The opening game is in Chicago, and the next day you have to be in Detroit..... It means an eight-hour night bus, to get there for a morning kick-off.

Greyhound -- Getting The Most Out Of It.

A Greyhound Pass also allows free passage between Toronto and Detroit, and Seattle and Vancouver, so a taste of Canada is included in the grand tour of US 94.

Montreal -- French Canada.

The cosmopolitan town of French-speaking Quebec is a mix of voice, split by a thin line. It is in the town, but comes across as wider than the Channel itself.

The Kick-Off -- US 94 Gets Underway.

You are in an air-conditioned bar, in Downtown Detroit when Germany opens up against Bolivia. There is a jug of ice cold beer in front of you, as you prepare to see how the American media will treat the biggest sporting event on Earth.

Pontiac Silverdrome -- Indoor Football.

The game is played early to avoid the afternoon heat; Michigan is in a heatwave, and the humidity is unbearable. The first World Cup soccer match to be played indoors is between the hosts, and Switzerland.

Washington -- D.C.

Washington has something of a reputation as a murder capital, but that should not affect those who are not part of a street gang, or dealing in crack cocaine.

Daytona Beach -- Car Culture Gone Crazy.

For $10 you can drive right on to the sand, and many do; preferring to cruise along the beach rather than expose out of condition bodies that might appreciate the exercise.

Orlando -- Party Street.

The two largest contingents of travelling fans party side by side until the early hours, under the moustaches of some bewildered police officers. There are some women officers with guns too, although they have less hair on their upper lip.

Second Round -- Team USA Qualify.

Once the qualifying teams have been confirmed, who plays who, and where, can be taken into account, together with who might play who in the quarter-finals.

More to Come.

Travel Notes:
North American Travel Guides.


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