On the Road Again

Published 07, Sep, 2011
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy finds himself on a seniors bus trip heading for four days in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On the Road Again

Ageing isn't just about how the body deals with HIV as we grow older. It's also about the choices we make, like how we spend our summer vacations. Which leads me to recount today's adventures, which find me on a bus full of seniors heading for Atlantic City. It's El Cheapo Tours all the way. $499 includes the bus there and back, three nights at Trump something, a bunch of goodies like some gambling money, food vouchers, a day tour of Philadelphia- and piped-in Zamfir on the bus.

If you thought nobody listens to Zamfir anymore, they do on bus tours.

You learn pretty fast that you will be well looked after all the way. Another way of saying this is that bus tours are for people who need high maintenance travel. Need help scheduling going to the bathroom, how to operate a hotel elevator or can't go outlet shopping without a guide in tow. Bus tours are for you!. They are not recommended so much for those merely wanting to get from A to B, unless price is everything. Although in truth they have a quaint charm that some will find endearing. If it weren't for the Zamfir, I might even fall in that category.

So yes, bus tours do tend to attract an older crowd. In fact Meirion and I thought we might be the youngest on the bus. Not at all. This was good.

Atlantic city, our destination. Is a gambling town. It is also on the ocean, with a famous boardwalk, which attracts me far more than the casinos. I love what we in England used to call the seaside. Everything about it attracts me.

As I write this we are passing through the outskirts of Philadelphia. I am tempted to write a post called "I Didn't See Tom Hanks in Philadelphia PositiveLite insiders will know why- and I'll share that next time, along with tales from Atlantic City itself.


About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.