Amtrak Excursion 2014
2014 Ted H. Schaar

2. Plains

Kansas flatland from the train
First morning

Woke at about 6:30 a.m.

Pam was looking out the window, and I asked what she saw. 

"Cattle."

Sleeping accommodations are tight but comfortable and the gentle sway of the car lulled me to sleep. Slept well. The train stopped at least once for a half hour or maybe longer.

No explanation.
Amtrak attendant
Vincent.
Wind farm in Kansa
Wind turbines were a common sight across the country.
Freight locomotive
But nowhere near as common as freight locomotives and cars.
Amish on Amtrak
Observation car.

Modern conveniences

Took a seat in the observation car with a cup of coffee and began wondering whether I placed a receipt for parking on the dash as a sign near the
Milwaukee Intermodal Station parking lot's automatic pay station instructed.

Paid for 13 days but couldn't remember if I had just dropped the slip in the cup holder between the seats or put it where it was supposed to be. 

Later I used my iPhone to call the lot and reached a woman who assured me she would have someone put a sign on my car to let checkers know I had paid.

"In any case," she said, "we wouldn't tow your car." 

Old-fashioned passengers

There were quite a few Amish in Union Station yesterday afternoon and some are on our train.

An elderly man and woman are sitting toward the front of the car. She's wearing a white bonnet and he, a black vest and French blue shirt.  A man alone in similar dress is nearby.

Amish women cover their hair in a Muslim sort of way. Guess the eroticism is too much for a godly man to resist.

An ungodly man is completely immune.






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