This is going to be a busy, but fun, weekend. In fact, the itinerary for the weekend looks a little like a script to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Starting at 2:15 on Friday the 14 girls on the Division III college gymnastics team has a 10 day schedule that will test their physical strength, the mental strength, and patience. The on campus gym is set up for the Friday night meet, but the team will need to arrive by 2:00 pm for trainer time, open stretch and touch rotations. Following the two hour competition, the seniors and their parents will be recognized. Some tears will be shed, some laughs will be had and when all of those emotions are dealt with, the team will get back to work. Tearing down the gymnastics equipment should only take an hour or so with all of the help, and then the families will gather for a pasta feed at a house off campus.

Saturday morning the athletes and the families will get to sleep in before having lunch on their own and boarding the charter bus for the three hour drive to the next meet. That three hour ride will be the down time. In fact, the chance to rent a charter bus was made so the team could have a relaxing ride on the way to the meet on Saturday and then home again on Sunday. Traveling for athletes can be nearly as exhausting as the competitions themselves. Once the team arrives back on campus they will get Monday morning off to rest and take care of their laundry. Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning practice are easier to work in as the school is on Spring Break. By Thursday morning, however, the team will get to enjot the charter bus travel for the three hour ride to the airport, a flight to the east coast and another two meet weekend.

Traveling by Charter Bus Allows for Comfort and Affordability
If you have ever had to endure a grueling traveling schedule, then you understand the challenges. Unlike a crowded air plane or driving your own car, however, traveling by charter bus provides many advantages. In addition to lots of leg room and the option of getting up to stretch your legs, for instance, charter buses also provide plenty of under the bus storage for luggage, equipment, and other kinds of materials. For large groups of athletes and musicians, this mode of travel is especially attractive.

In addition to having the comfort of this travel, passengers also know that they are making environmentally friendly decisions. In fact, motorcoaches provide 206.6 passenger miles per gallon of fuel. In contrast, single-occupant automobiles only achieve 27.2 passenger miles per gallon. The next time you have a long weekend of travel, it is important that you consider adding buses to the lists of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

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