Why do I love train travel so much? Because it appeals to my sense of adventure and romance. For a writer, trains offer all sorts of characters and rich opportunities for people watching. On a train, time passes differently. There are fewer hassles. No arriving two hours early, waiting in security lines, and the people dropping you off can wait with you and take you right to the train door. On a train, you can make your way from car to car, take a bio break, buy a snack, and still make progress toward the destination.
I took reading material for every mood. A novel, two writing books, back issues of a magazine. I carried my laptop and my yoga mat. I did Friday's page-a-day early in my trip. I dozed. I stared out the window. I breathed easier. I thought about a lot of things: my cross country trips to Los Angeles and Seattle, my trip to Michigan with my daughter a few years ago. I thought about the people waiting for me in Lee's Summit. How much I love them and how happy I was to see them after all these years. I thought about my book and my next steps.
I took photos along the way. They are my postcards from this trip.
|Waiting for the train in Kirkwood|
|Waiting to board|
|The view from my seat as the train pulled away from the station|
|One of my favorite photos - Jefferson City|
|Off the train in Lee's Summit|
|Train moves on to Independence and Kansas City|
I had a great weekend. I felt refreshed. My bucket had been filled with good conversation, uproarious laughter, and even some tears. I was happy and melancholy as I boarded the train to head home. I didn't want the weekend to end. I turned on my music and watched the sun set. Train travel lets you ease back into the real world slowly. When it was dark and there wasn't anything else to watch out the window, I settled into finishing the novel I was reading. I wrote my page-a-day. I day dreamed. I cat-napped. I reflected on what a fantastic weekend I had. The four-and-a-half hours zoomed by. It felt like time travel.
The 4040 list keeps reminding me that I don't have to wait for special occasions to slip these trips and activities into my regular life. I won't let years pass before I take another train trip.
|I didn't want the weekend to end, but I had another trip to look forward to|
|Arrived in Kirkwood - ahead of schedule|