Today, my boss called me in the morning to warn me that I'm driving career 808 (Lagoa Stadium - Rugrados Stadium, via Nabos).
This means that I will drive most of the way by regional road, but in the calm zone of the country, the west side. This is composed mostly by old towns near Gironda who have they're very own soul. In the last years middle and upper-class residents of the Gironda Metropolitan Area have chose to leave the big cities and come to live in the towns where I'm going to drive the bus, as the construction of the highways in Rugrados and Lagoa, close to the other towns have contributed to the decrease of commuting time to Gironda which is now about 45 minutes.
And now, I leave from the Lagoa Stadium Bus Depot (sorry for the lack of texture on the floor... I just didn't have the patience yet...)
Now, I catch the A9 (Northern Highway) in direction to Malperro. I cross the Saint Lucas Bridge across the "Lagoa do Norte". The view from here is beautiful, and more than anything, absolutely no traffic!
And now I cross the council border to Malperro with absolutely no cars on the road, and about 25 passengers... And it is the morning Rush Hour in here...
After crossing the border, I leave the Highway for the regional road and I stop a few times on the farms and then I reach the small-density town of Malperro
I drive by the regional road and I stop in the only high-density neighborhood in the northwest of the country called Algas do Norte (which means Northern Algae, due to the species that used to live in the city's beaches). It isn't a nice neighborhood but it is pretty cheap and has good public transportation.
I use the way that will drive me to the marginal road. that covers all of the western towns. As I drive by the ferry station, I leave almost every commuter behind, and I get for the first time a full bus for the huge number of commuters that left the ferry in this station... And in this minute that I'm stopped, I must say, I'd love to live here...
I cross the border to Caminhos Santos using the marginal road, which I never leave while in this town, and the biggest stop I make is at the ferry stations, also located at the marginal road.
And so, I cross the border to Vila Nova dos Nabos. My first stop is at the Eça de Queiroz High School, which my dad used to attend during his teen years, as that side of my family came from here.
I catch the aerodrome street and stop at the aerodrome itself... It was first created to fight unemployment but it has brought nothing but trouble to the town so far... About half the bus commuters leave here anyway, as it didn't fail the objective to create jobs.
I make some stops and finally I stop in the train station of Vila Nova dos Nabos, where the train had just left and so, I got a huge number of commuters to catch there. I remember this station from my childhood vacation as I came by train to the family house.
I cross another border, this time to Adega dos Trancos. I leave the marginal and I stop in some streets and alleys, including the Adega High School alley, known for it's very unique franchise restaurant in the west district... Micky-D's! (which opened about 15 years ago... curious fact: about the same time, heart doctors started to get rich...)
After some stops, I park the bus for about 4 minutes as designed in the course of career 808, in the Adega dos Trancos train station. Most of the people that enter now are Gironda residents that work in this area... You can notice by the expensive suits and typical city attitude that I myself have.
I cross the border and stop just a few times at the Vista dos Corvos town. I finally reach the main stop of the city with almost no people on the bus. This stop is the Vista dos Corvos train station, where I stop in the street roundabout known as Rotunda da Estação (Station Roundabout). You can watch the trains leaving and stopping at this station.
Finally I catch the stadium road, and I make my last stop at the Rugrados Stadium. A few people leave as there were only 17 at the bus... Most of them are tourists and I recognize one of them with a shirt of Arsenal, a possible adversary to Rugrados Farmers in the Uefa E.L. preliminatory. And so I leave you, as usual with a picture of the last stop.
Now, I'm going to wait in here for a friend to give me a ride... Today our national team is going to make it's first official match at the Trevo Stadium, and it is going to play against Greece (as Portugal is considered an ally, where our players used to be federated, they're victory in Euro 2004, isn't still forgiven)
Speak to you soon and I'm gonna tell you all about the game!