The only problem with the bus system though is its hours. Nearly all of the CAT buses stop running at around 5:30 PM, even though some university scheduled classes can run as late as 9:50 PM. On Wednesdays, the earliest lab offered for my class runs from 4:00 until 5:50... The last bus to Pendleton departs at 5:21.
With it being the beginning of the semester, the lab was not yet open a day early (as it usually will be). So after my first Computer Organization lab finished, it was already 5:28 PM, and there were storm clouds brewing in the distance. Close but no
At this point, I had three options:
1) Try and call friends to mooch a ride off of
2) Sleep in Cooper for the night
3) Walk the two hours home, hope the thunderclouds don't let loose, and hold my thumb out the whole way hoping for a ride.
I obviously made the wise choice of number three, and set to walking. I figured it would be quicker to walk and hitch than hitching while stationary. Highway 76 has a nice, 5ft wide pullover lane the entire way to my place, so if anyone wanted to give me a lift, it would be quite easy to do so.
As I made my way up the hill past the National Guard office, about 20 minutes into walking, a silver hatchback swerved into the service lane and stopped about 50 yards ahead of me. As I sprinted towards the car (never leave a driver waiting longer than you have to), out of the passenger's side popped one of my friends, Colby.
He had jokingly told his girfriend, who was driving, " You should stop for the hitchihker, haha ."
As they passed and he recognized me, he shouted, "NO, NO! Seriously! Stop for that hitchhiker!"
So, if any of you ever happens to see me and my big blue backpack making their way down 76 because of the lame CAT Bus schedule, please, please "Stop for that hitchhiker!"