It’s right around seven on a cold Wednesday morning. The rain is coming down, and folks are all packed up and waiting for the bus…to take them home to their loved ones for Thanksgiving.
UMPI student Danielle Moulton says “I’m headed to Waterville, Maine…down there..going to go see my sister for Thanksgiving..and my niece!”
From college students on break to older folks going to visit their kids, travelers say taking the bus south works because its cheap, and though rain is making the roads slippery, they trust the bus driver more than they would themselves driving.
Adam Tilsley of Presque Isle says, “I’ll tell you I’m not as nervous as I have been in the past but being a seasoned traveler you’ve just gotta be prepared for what might be the works.”
Everyone is getting on the bus looking forward to their Thanksgiving traditions – food, football, and the like. But what these folks are most excited about – is seeing and spending time with those special people – the family and friends that make the holiday that much better.
“I’m going to Belfast to spend thanksgiving with my girlfriend….the whole point is being thankful and she’s the person that I’m thankful for the most,” says Eugene McLaughlin.
Brandy Downer says, “I’m spending Thanksgiving with my foster family and my best friend, because they’ve always been my family and they bring joy to my life and they mean the world to me.”
And though for most of them it’s quite the journey — hundreds of miles, hours long, on a packed bus, with multiple rest stops..
“It’s definitely worth it…anything is worth it, believe me,” says Virginia Fischer of Presque Isle.
Quality time with family and friends – just one of the many things that we can all be thankful for this year. We spoke to a representative from Cyr Bus lines today who told us that because there were so many travelers — 50 between Caribou and Presque Isle — they did end up sending a second bus to bring folks south. And they’ll also be sending a second bus on the return trip from Bangor to Caribou tonight. They didn’t have any delays this morning and they’re not expecting any tonight.