After we pulled back on the freeway, the bus was running about 45 minutes behind, which posed a slight problem for Matt and I as we had meeting in Mesa at 6p. It was looking like we’d get into Phoenix (about 20 miles west of Mesa) about 530 and were planning on cabbing it over to Mesa. Before we got to Phoenix, however, Deb had one more outbreak in her.
On par with her ongoing saga of “Who’s kicking my seat?” (A: No one), she stood up and yelled at the three rows behind her, “I know the wind’s not moving my chair!” As this was just before he had headed off to Phoenix, the driver came back and informed Deb that if she didn’t sit down, she’d be joining Bonnie on the road. This seemed sufficient for Deb, as she sat down and we didn’t hear from her again.
As we pulled into Phoenix, Matt and I jumped into the first cab we saw and headed to Mesa Community College for our meeting. The driver was a friendly man named Troy, who was fully equipped with a GPS system in his car and we were looking good. Luckily we were getting to Phoenix during rush hour, and the freeway was backed up quite a bit. This prompted Troy to give us an offer we (apparently) couldn’t refuse: “I’ll take you off the meter – $40 flat rate – and get you there by six. And I’ll pay any ticket.” Troy had once driven a man from Phoenix to Denver for $1700, so I’m pretty sure he was used to bargaining with his clients. Matt and I decided let’s do it, and off we went! Roy seemingly disregarded his GPS system at this point, driving us through neighborhoods of Phoenix, through Tempe and to Mesa Community College at about five after six.
This wrapped up our most adventurous trip to date. Matt liked it so much that he tried to one-up it by getting stuck in Albuquerque and riding through Texas in one go.