Bus trip to march took a frantic turn for area moms
How do 42 Duluth area women who just spent 24 sleepless hours packed into a bus with one overflowing toilet and no time for a pit stop prepare to meet the president?...
How do 42 Duluth area women who just spent 24 sleepless hours packed into a bus with one overflowing toilet and no time for a pit stop prepare to meet the president?
With enthusiasm, creativity and a grim awareness that they were running so late the meeting might be missed.
Using spit, baby-wipes, pocket mirrors and bottled water, the rumpled group worked to erase hours of accumulated crumbs and wrinkles, bloodshot eyes and bad breath.
Modesty went out the window as they struggled in the dim bus light to ditch sweaty undergarments, freshen matted hair, apply makeup and help each other.
A day earlier, most were complete strangers, sharing only a belief in the Million Mom March.
They came from Duluth, Superior and surrounding communities, ranging in age from 7 to 75. They represented various incomes, many occupations and both the white and Native American communities.
Adding to the panic was the fact that many of the women had their fresh clothes and other needed items stored in the belly of the bus. There wasn't time to stop and dig these items out, and once near the White House, they wouldn't be permitted to open the storage area.
One-minute bathroom use breaks were set up, but many found the closet-size convenience unusable. The situation prompted one of the bus co-captains sitting near the door to make a break for a gas station men's room during a quick fuel stop.
Surprising at least one truck driver, she washed her hair in the sink and sprinted back to the bus.
The group had left Duluth early Saturday morning after a last minute itinerary change had thrown the trip organizers into chaos.
Just the day before, the group had been invited to the White House for a visit with the president and first lady to help kick-off the march.
Editor's Note: This story will continue in the Budgeteer News on Sunday.