We’ve always known that America can be a dangerous country – with countless stories of crime and shootings surfacing constantly. We just never thought we would get so close to the action.
Looking back it wasn’t the wisest decision to book a Greyhound bus trip leaving Daytona Beach at 11:50pm – especially when the station would be closed, forcing us to wait behind the Greyhound station. We arrived to find police cars circling a black van, and outside our bus stop, a local black man with a head scarf covering the majority of this face. As scary as he first look – he turned out to be our godsend. After spotting the police we decided not to stay in one spot making us venerable, and thought a walk around the block would help, but were soon stopped by the local man. He told us that the black van was owned by a sex offender, who was on the run. The offender had taken shot at the cop, and made a run for it. This made the area extremely unsafe with a crazed lunatic on the loose, armed.
The longer we were there, the more interesting characters arrived – and seemed to want to chat to the only white kids in town! We heard there views o n the government, the police and the area of Daytona. We didn’t have the chance to talk – we just stood there nodding, with our minds still focused on the fugitive on the loose.
To make matters worse, the bus was late – forcing us to stay outside for longer. An FBI agent soon arrived, to make sure the offender didn’t jump on our bus. Jordan quickly made friends with the agent, in the hopes that he would stay in the area for longer. This was a good plan – until the agent asked Jordan if he could hide behind him and his pack, as a car approached! Luckily it was a false alarm, and soon enough the roar of a bus engine emerged around the corner. We’ve never felt so happy to see a Greyhound Bus before!