Yep... not even close. American culture... RAW! Got that. On my first transfer at a station in Nashville, TN I saw ex-convicts leaving prison, Amish, nuns, cross-dressers, people with misspelled tattoos, hookers, and meth-heads. WOW!
As I traveled the 72 hour route from Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California I had uncomfortable sleep in crowded ice-cold buses with 5 transfers along with 17 hours of layovers. Crazy! To make the journey complete my bag was placed on 1 of 2 buses headed to the same destination, just not the bus I was on. Of course my bag was on the bus that broke down. I freaked. All of my gear was in that bag. By the grace of GOD I was reunited with my bag 10 minutes prior to my final transfer before my destination.
All in all... I made it to my destination! I'd say "Let The Adventure Begin" but it already did.