It’s been a long day of traveling for the Oklahoma Sanity Riders. There’ve been just a few stops – at Ryan’s Buffet in Springfield, MO for lunch and a quick stop off at a highway restroom east of St. Louis.
Most riders have passed the time either sleeping or reading. Some have watched movies on their iPods and computers. There are five televisions on bus one; they’ve played Law & Order, Scrubs, and of course The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In addition to the televisions, the bus has wi-fi, several power outlets, reclining seats, and a restroom. It’s certainly nice, and we’re as comfortable as we could possibly be making a 24-hour bus trip.
I spent the morning on the bus editing and attempting to upload a 45-second video to YouTube. Tanner read mostly, and dozed. After our lunch stop, I got the camera out and made my way down the bus aisle to meet a few more of my fellow passengers. There are a lot of interesting people on the bus, and I wish I was able (and they were all willing) to talk to all of them. It’s been enlightening to hear what motivated such diverse personalities to board a bus to Washington with 120 strangers for a 60-hour whirlwind trip. People are talking about their backgrounds, their hopes and excitement for the rally, and politics, of course.
I hope to do something meaningful with the information and footage that people have so generously shared with me. After we stop for dinner, I’ll try to make another (better?) video that better represents their views.