You may have heard of people biking long miles, but this is going to be a first for you: The man who traveled across America on buses. In fact, he traveled over 120,000 miles on buses, and once spent seven days on a bus!
As you can imagine, doing so much travel on buses has lead the man, Doug Levitt, to meet many interesting people and have some interesting experiences. After all, all kinds of people ride buses, including people being let out of jail. He’s also traveled to all sorts of forgotten towns, cities, and country villages. It is these experiences that Doug Levitt goes into with his new series, The Greyhound Diaries.
Doug started his travels many years ago in 2004, as a war correspondent for CNN (he’s also done correspondence work for ABC, NBC, and others as a London based journalist). Growing up in a middle class family in Washington, DC, Levitt saw a lot of things he hadn’t known about and had some fascinating encounters. For example, once, while on a bus, a neo-Nazi sat down right besides him. Levitt, being Jewish, didn’t know what to think, though the neo-Nazi didn’t seem to know who he was, offering him a tuna sandwich.
Doug Levitt is a singer, songwriter and artist who grew up in Washington, DC, and lived in Los Angeles. He’s the son of former D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz. He started singing while in school in his school gospel choir. Since his mother used to go to church on Sunday morning, because it was necessary for her political job, he went along. Although he was a respected international correspondent, he hit the road because as an artist, he wanted to visit the the struggling masses and write songs about them.
His first bus journeys were made with the effort to get people to register to vote, but after meeting all corners and parts of America’s society, he decided to record what he saw in his diaries, art and songs. The Greyhound Diaries is a great place to get information on aspects of America’s population that would otherwise be a mystery to you.