March is a depressing time of year. There's no snow (and related fear/excitement), little sun, not as much warmth as one would hope (we did just live through January and February after all) and damn it, wouldn't it be swell to get out of town? But holy shit, have you seen the gas prices lately or tried to get an airplane ticket for less than $300? Friend, you are SOL.
Or so you might think. But help has come from the most unexpected of places: Greyhound.
Yeah, Greyhound. Source of a million scary bus stories. But now for a single dollar, you can ride the big gray dog to beautiful Chicago or Champaign. The special fares are on sale now for trips between March 22 and April 5, all to promote the new Greyhound Express service, the bus line's attempt to compete with Megabus.
Sadly, you won't have the dubious pleasure of stopping at every town in central Illinois. Nor will you get to depart from the old Greyhound station on North Fourteenth Street, which had a certain ambiance, unmatched by the new Gateway Transportation Center downtown. And instead of relying on your fellow passengers for entertainment -- another time-honored Greyhound tradition -- you'll have free WiFi.
Also, a dollar won't get you to a nice, warm place like, say, Miami.
But it's also a dollar, so who's complaining?