Today, I ventured into new Jamaican territory: I rode an inter-city bus from Kingston to Montego Bay. Overall impression: it’s the way to go for single travellers or even a couple. The bus fleet comes from China. It has comfortable seats. The operating company, Knutsford Express, have recruited and trained staff well: drivers don’t take silly risks; ticketing staff are courteous and clear-speaking. They don’t seem interested in bending rules. The bus was due to drive past my destination, but no way would the driver stop there. So, I rode to the airport, then took a taxi back to the desired stop–it cost about the same for that as the trip from Kingston.
More important for me was my condition on arrival: I was fresh and not stiff. Last weekend, I’d driven from Kingston to MoBay on Saturday morning and felt like I’d done 15 rounds with Mike Tyson. After the drive back on Sunday afternoon, I was just readu to collapse into a chair and have dinner. Not so, today.
Another plus for me was the lack of stress and ability to take in the surroundings. We left town at 5am, and mist was all over the countryside. As we moved inland and higher, I could enjoy the full sunrise and clouds. I kept my eyes and phone camera busy. You can enjoy some of what I saw.
A final word to my fellow blogger, Emma Lewis, who made a similar venture to Negril some months ago. She warned me about the stream of Tyler Perry movies shown during her ride. I’d shuddered at that prospect. But, my ride had a blend of soft r&b, with R Kelly prominent. Then, after a stop at Ocho Rios, down came the movie screen. The opening credits. The opening scenes. I saw no stock Tyler Perry character. The movie was ‘Jump the broom’. What a relief!