amtrak empire builder – seattle > chicago. photo by mrbula.
TOMORROW I HOP A TRAIN back to the Midwest. Back home I could say, knowing it might sadden my parents, but at least back to the place where I hang my hat. The place that I miss.
The ride from Seattle to Columbus, Wisconsin (the nearest station to Madison), will take about 42 hours. Not terrible. Except that I don’t have a sleeper car…the nights might be a little long, but I’m fundamentally against paying more for a train ticket than I would for airfare. I’ll just have to pack enough booze to knock me out properly as I’m sitting up.
But in all honesty, I’m looking forward to this final leg of the journey. Taking an extended train ride is a new experience for me and it will give a glimpse of yet another part of the country that I’ve left unexplored. Obviously since I didn’t bring a laptop this will be my only post for the next few days, which also means I’ll have plenty of time just to read, write and reflect. And listen to all the new stuff I packed on my iPod.
Happy travels all. Back in a few.