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In early September, I took the Amtrak from Chicago to DC to spend a few days with my daughter Erica who works for the government there. Last year, I took it back to Chicago after Thanksgiving.I don't travel very much, but prefer the freedom of roaming the train, even though the trip is 17 hours. I'm too claustrophic for a plane, even if it is only for 2 hours.
The trip is mostly through night, but I end up in the longue car sleeping on a seat where I am basically alone. I love the essence of being alone, of listening to music while writing poetry. I've been on AARP's poetry forum awhile, even writing poetry about the Night Train. I bring my own food, read and write throughout the night.
It's a magical time, one that I hope to experience again. My delight is when I reach my destination, feeling that I have "roughed it" for 700 plus miles. I think those who travel by train are very independent and curious members of society.
The best train trip I ever took was in 1961. I rode
the California Zypher form San Franciso to Chicago.
I had a great time. The view was beautiful.
I can remember it as if it were yesterday. Wish I
could take another trip one day.