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Remembers his time on the Greyhound as bus ride from Hell

'I was never more happy than to finally see the top of the Columbia courthouse as the bus made its way down 55 from Campbellsville towards the bus terminal on the Square!' -Robert Cumming
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By Robert Cumming

I remember 1970 like yesterday when I was 16 spending an exciting summer working in Dallas, Texas, at a Jack-in-The-Box fast food franchise to earn some extra money.

I stayed at my sisters and the restaurant was convenient, within easy walking distance.

Growing up in the midwest, Dallas was a world away in terms of Southwestern culture, hot weather and of course the Superbowl champion Dallas Cowboys football team.

The then new Cowboy Stadium was being built near my sister's house and Cowboys excitement was definitely in the air all that summer. I remember Cowboy football players going thru the Jack-In-The-Box drive-thru window after their practices and getting autographs almost everyday.

Eventually my exciting summer came to a close and I had to make my way home to Jamestown.

Instead of taking a slower bus ride home traveling alone, I took a quicker airline flight from Dallas to Louisville.The only way to get close to Jamestown from Louiville on public transportation in 1970 was Greyhound Bus Service from Louisville to Columbia. Landing at Louisville Standiford Field, I caught a quick cab ride to downtown Louisville Greyhound Bus Terminal just in time to board the Columbia bus, with barely enough time to spare.

It was a bus ride from HELL!

I quickly found out why people referred to Greyhound bus lines as Greydog bus lines.

Being one of the last to board since I was running late, I had to sit in the back of the bus near the stinking bathroom!

The bus route from Louisville to Columbia back then was not an Express route, but rather a Local and the bus stopped at every wide spot in the road from Louisville to Columbia, taking about five hours!

Smelling that nasty bathroom most of the way , I was never more happy than to finally see the top of the Columbia courthouse as the bus made its way down 55 from Campbellsville towards the bus terminal on the Square! -Robert Cumming

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