One misconception about life on the road, specifically traveling on the Greyhound bus line, is that it is dangerous. Looking through the pictures on Doug Levitt’s website and hearing him talk about his travels though, you do not get that impression. In fact, you get the opposite impression. Doug shows and tells you a lot of things, but one thing he never mentions is violence or criminal activity. There are a lot of good, decent and hardworking people who travel the highways and bi-ways on Greyhound buses, and with the rare exception of of a few people who are mentally unstable, everyone gets along just fine.
This may be the biggest misconception of the people that Doug Levitt spent so much time and so many miles with, that they are the criminal element that travels by bus. Some of them may look the part, but most if not all are just ordinary, average people who work hard for low wages and, simply put, cannot afford a vehicle of their own. This does not make them bad people by any stretch of the imagination, but it does make them misunderstood by people who live a vastly different life. We tend to shy away from these people and give them their own space. But if we just took the time to talk to them for a little bit and give them the benefit of the doubt, we will see that they are just like us…….only poorer.
Judging a book by its cover rarely works, and this is no exception to that rule.