Sep 21, 2006

BLUE BIRDS OF EVERY HUE
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – 
I'm in the land – the elephant's graveyard – where U.S. schoolbuses come to die.

"The drivers purchase retired vehicles for $500-3,000, drive them south, then ship them to Honduras," Gustavo explains. "Then they license a route from the government."

They also get busy with the bus bling: "El Famoso" mirrored mudflaps, custom paint jobs and declarations of love scratched onto the stop signs.

Maybe my initials are riding around Honduras somewhere, gouged into a backrest 20 years ago...

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