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Missoula Bus Driver Is Awarded Top Honors For Driving Skills

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A Missoula bus driver is awarded top honors for his driving skills in a bus "roadeo" and now, he's going to the national's. This bus driver's passion for being on the road is qualifying him to compete at an international level, against the best bus drivers in the U.S. And Canada.

Veteran Mountain Line bus operator, Bryan Ursery has spent most his adult life on the road.

"That's a long story. I started out driving long haul with my dad," he said.

Ursery used the driving skills he's picked up over the years to win the Montana state bus roadeo competition over the weekend in Great Falls.

"I sometimes have good runs, I sometimes don't have such good runs. I just go out there have fun, do the best I can do, and watch what I'm doing," said Ursery.

He drove a 35 foot bus through a timed obstacle course designed to simulate what drivers encounter on a daily basis, like turns, stopping close to fixed objects and clearing narrow spaces. Drivers were judged on accuracy.

"It's just a chance to get out and see how well I can get through barriers and the cones and obstacles without hitting anything," Ursery said.

Before his success in bus driving, Ursery started out as a long-haul driver. When his wife got pregnant 14 years ago they moved to her hometown Missoula. That's when he got his job at Mountain Line.

"It sounded fun, Mountain Line always encourages their drivers to join the competition," Ursery said.

Usery's time at Mountain Line has paid off. This is the fifth time he's won the event, but he's still keeping a modest attitude.

"I never thought I'd be here. I just try to go the way I'm led, this might be available today, tomorrow it might not, but I'm trying to make the most of everyday," he added.

Ursery will compete in the 2014 International Bus Roadeo. That starts May 2 in Kansas City.

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