The second week of my vacation on the West Coast started with a four-hour road trip from Riverside, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Four hours is not really that long, but it’s long enough for some realizations.
Four hours in Metro Manila during rush hour could take you just 30-40 kilometers (48-64 miles), depending on where you’re from. From Riverside, California, it’s enough to take you all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada, some 238 miles (383 kilometers) away by road. Driving isn’t really the fastest way to get there but it sure is much more practical than flying. Besides, we don’t really have to drive ourselves 238 miles to get there—we can always take a bus!
Personally, I think taking a bus on a long trip by land is more comfortable than in a car or an SUV. Sure, it may not be the fastest option and you have to share spaces with strangers and there may even be mandatory stops along the way whether you like it or not, but you have quite some legroom and you don’t have to drive! And if you’re taking a double-decker like what we had via Megabus, you have a totally different vantage point not possible with lower vehicles.
What’s nice about our bus is that it has its own restroom so you’re safe when nature calls, and it has a sky roof so you can see the clouds and whatever is above you. Being seated on the first row gives you a “driver seat” view but on a higher and less obstructed level. Sure, you have the disadvantage as well of being exposed directly to the sun, but that’s a minor inconvenience to the view you’re getting. It’s the next best thing to being outside but you have access to modern technologies like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and power outlets.
At first, everything is quite exciting as you gradually move away from the city to the wide open spaces of California. But after a while, it does get to you. Don’t get me wrong, the sights were just spectacular!
After seeing an endless “sea” of land for hours you just realize how vast the world really is. We were travelling a tiny sliver of land of continental USA, yet I feel so little and overwhelmed at how big this land is. We were moving at the maximum speed limit, yet we still seem to stand still.
Seeing practically nothing for miles at a time except for vehicles on the road, you could just imagine how much bigger the world was when people only travelled by foot or on horses. I could just imagine the early settlers of this land, seeing everything for the first time. What they saw years ago is just about the same as what I was seeing, except for the roads and the rails.
And after being saturated by nature’s beauty for hours, finally something appeared in the horizon…
Unfortunately, that is still not Las Vegas, but we’re getting close.
After four hours, we finally arrived at the RTC South Strip Transfer Terminal, the Megabus stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. From here, we took another city bus to take us to our hotel.
This formally starts my three-day stay at Sin City! 😉
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