|It was time to return to Rio and collect my traveling companion and my car. I eschewed the free shuttle service, put off by the exorbiant wait I experienced to board it at Rio. Instead, I marched out to the strip, crossed the street, strolled past Caesars wishing that I had the time for a shoe of big baccarat within, took a right and leaned up against a post at the 202 stop that comes right before the Qua entrance.|
It took a few minutes, and I was joined by a few tourists and a number of hotel workers as I waited on the bus. Pretty soon, one pulled up, and I stepped on board and swiped my card. As usual, I didn't bother to sit down, but stood near the front in the area intended to hold wheelchair-using patrons, and held onto an overhead rail. As we pulled away from the stop, I struck up a short yet interesting conversation with the bus driver. He was impressed that I was a tourist using a standard city bus, and we traded stories of gambling for the few minutes that the bus ride lasted (he is a poker player, and spends his days driving a bus and his evenings taking advantage of drunk tourists on the strip who have seen far too much poker on television and have far too much cash available at the table).
The bus soon arrived at Rio, where I hit the button, waited on the door, and stepped off, quickly asking my driver where he intended to play that night. Bally's, he informed me. Good to know. One placed I shouldn't play 1/2 NL that night (which was no loss, as I planned my poker play at the IP).
I also suggest that you print out a copy of the schedule for the 201 and 202, so you don’t show up at the bus stop with much waiting time.
In the daytime in the hot summer, waiting for a bus can be uncomfortable. At night it is just annoying. Planning can preclude that discomfort. If you are planned, you spend a bit more time at the table and then walk out for soon to come bus.
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During the same week I read a post here insisting that folks who rented at the Gold Coast were stuck in the early hours of the morning because the shuttle did not run then.
I thought of it as ironic since I like the Gold Coast because with all the free shuttles and buses available it more easily supports late night gambling on the strip than many casinos on the strip like those on the North end.
Once we give ourselves permission to ride the bus, we increase our freedom to safely get around Vegas even when we are tired and drunk, at a reasonable price.
Finally, when you get back you owe us a bus report. Tell us how it went. You have a perspective that I don't have. You are new to buses. Help other newbies decide if they want to risk being awash amid the masses of an egalitarian democracy or enjoy an elite if rather pricey upscale transportation experience, if they want to be frugal or extravagant. It is not an easy decision.
This particular part of this board is the place to put that info, or if you write a trip report, give us a heads up here here with a link to your TR.
And win some money so next trip you can just hire a car, some foo foo chauffeur and say "James" a lot.