Pennsylvania April 10, 2017
The Pennsylvania Urban Legend That Will Make Your Skin Crawl
Sit back. It’s one of those days where you would love to just run away to a deserted island or to jump in the car and drive with no plan in mind. Now imagine a bus – destination unknown – that brings downtrodden passengers closer to those who share in their hopelessness. This Pennsylvania urban legend tells the story of dejected souls on a Bus to Nowhere.
Countless buses traverse the city of Philadelphia day and night. All have destinations, pick-up and drop-off times, and regular passengers...except one.
One bus, according to local urban legend, has and displays no destination. It has no route number nor does its unknown route appear on any known transportation maps.
This SEPTA bus stops for no one – at least anyone with a specific destination in mind.
Yet, if you ask some Philadelphians, they'll tell you they’ve seen this bus winding its way through the city streets. Some call it the Bus to Nowhere. Others call it the Wandering Bus. And for some it’s merely Zero.
Despite what you call this Bus to Nowhere, one thing is certain. Its passengers are those who suffer from incurable hopelessness, at the bottom of one of their very worst days in memory.
You don’t want to suffer the type of despair of the bus’s passengers but, if you do, you mustn’t wait for the bus to slow down to let you on. You must chase after it and…
Seeing your desperation to ride, the mysterious bus driver – a man or a woman, no one knows – will slow down and allow you and your despair to enter.
You’ll look out the window, no idea as to the final destination, and wrapped in your thoughts, desperate only to get far away – anywhere – from the pain and despair.
Your fellow passengers share the same desire and, like you, sit in the silence of their thoughts and hope to travel to a destination where their problems no longer exist.
Pull the cord when you’re ready to disembark. As you step off of the bus, you leave your memories of the ride – which could have lasted minutes or years – behind.
The faces of the bus driver and the passengers. Your thoughts and feelings as you watch the landscape pass by. Your final destination. All wiped from your memory as you finally find yourself where you’re supposed to be.
Count yourself as lucky if you’ve never been a passenger on the Bus to Nowhere. But, if you find yourself in the depths of despair, wait for the Bus to Nowhere to appear for only those at their lowest points can see it.
Have you heard of this Pennsylvania urban legend? Or, perhaps you’ve taken a ride on this mysterious Bus to Nowhere?
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