Once I took a very long bus trip from Santa Monica to the IKEA store in Burbank and bragged about the feat in my personal blog. Well, a writer for SF Weekly has outdone me by about 400 miles. The guy took a 32-hour trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles taking only buses and trains from local public transportation agencies!
Along the way, he met enthusiastic storytellers, smelly co-travelers, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa himself. His whole story is a vibrant, fascinating read — but here's the skinny of it:
"I wander off into the heart of downtown L.A. beneath a staggeringly bright midday sun. Doing the math, I have just taken 16 buses or trains operated by seven public agencies. Transportation costs totaled $41.25 for a trip that took exactly 32 hours and seven minutes and covered some 480 miles. And was it crazy? Of course. But traversing the state via public transit allows you to meet people and see places you'd never encounter in any other way. You share a seat with a cross-section of California."
What's the longest trip you've taken on public transportation?