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. 


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
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.

Photos 2014 Ted H. Schaar except where noted.