Welcome to my new blog!

I already run a successful blog: www.leavingcairo.blogspot.com - a blog about an English girl the wrong side of 35 who finds herself settling (for the moment) in the beautiful country of Greece.
But there's more to Bex, the author - hence "The this 'n' that blog".
Documented here will be every day ramblings and observations - enjoy!



Sunday, 22 January 2012

A Green Tortoise trip across the States

What's a Green Tortoise?  An animal (crustation??) Well, as I've mentioned here and in my other blog, I've done a lot of travel.  One of my best memories was on board a renovated 1960's Greyhound bus, called the Green Tortoise.  They offered various trips, the one I chose, after an exhausting flight from Fiji to Los Angeles, was a West - East coast trip across the States.
The bus set up was made so that one could sit at tables during the day, and at night converted into one mass sleeping centre.  Here, in pictures (some courtesy of Sarah Williams, fellow traveller as I didn't have a digital camera in 2004, date of this trip) are some of the beautiful highlights:

Our route

Las Vegas baby!!

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon sunset

White Sands National Park (with bus in the background)

White Sands National Park

So if you're looking for a trip where you'll get to experience the highlights of the States in approx. 2.5 weeks, get to meet fantastic people (some of who I am still in touch with 8 years on) and are not a fan of big hotel chains and don't mind pitching in, helping cook delicious meals (all food bought from Trader Joe's - good quality) - this is the trip for you!


sage said...

I am from the States and don't think I would care for the Green Tortoise, I've heard about it and would be interested in traveling such a way in other countries. Sounds like you had fun.

Bex said...

Yes, I did have fun and met some great people. It was an interesting experiment in the human psyche as well actually - forced you to get on with people, being with them continually.
If you're interested in such trips in other countries, check out:


They do various trips and also the full one, London to Australia overland.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Oh I think it sounds like fun! What an interesting idea, and you all have each other to keep company!

Bex said...

Thanks Melissa - yes it was fun and some great friendships have been formed.

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