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15 days until trip begins

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Time is getting really short but the reality of the trip still hasn’t set in yet. I have one week of work left and then one week after that to wrap everything up. It’s been a while since I have written, but I wanted to wait until I had something interesting to write about so as not to bore all of my loyal fans.

My pre trip chores are pretty much complete. I have some reservations that I need to make for Fiji. I plan to work on that next week. Last week, work sent me to the South Haven plant in Michigan. I was supposed to spend two days at the plant but the curse of the Atlanta airport got me again. Two out of my four flight segments (including return) were delayed. My bag was misplaced and in addition to that the luggage office was out of toiletry kits. I got to South Haven much later than I expected so instead of going to the plant, I decided to try to get some pictures of Lake Michigan. [read on]

Westward to Oregon on the Empire Builder

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

July 23-25, 2006

My trip began at the Crawfordsville, IN train station, which consisted of an unmanned metal hut with about 10 chairs in it. I was boarding the Hoosier train bound for Chicago. I had picked up my tickets for this trip the day before at the Amtrak station in downtown Indianapolis. The train arrived at the station about 10 minutes late at 8:00 am. It could be heard clanging and blowing its horn in the distance for about 15 minutes prior to this. Upon boarding the training for the four-hour trip to Chicago, I quickly found a seat in the sparsely populated car. After the conductor came by and checked tickets, I settled into my seat. For the next four hours I watched out the window as the corn and soy fields of the Midwest slowly gave way to the suburban and then urban landscape of Chicago.
[read on]