Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On the Run

Well, we'll see what 7 hours of sleep and a shower has accomplished! Actually, this is going to be short because we're leaving soon to get the most out of today, our last full day of sightseeing. Tomorrow we'll squeeze as much as we can in around meeting with music people at Goshen College during the middle of the day, and Thursday Joseph is spending most of the day on campus at Notre Dame. I guess I'll chain myself to a table in their library that day to write the HST article -- talk about waiting until the last minute...

We crammed a lot into yesterday. I'll have to finish this tonight while we do laundry, after a musical we're going to in the evening.

Let's see...oh, yeah...the train ride Sunday night/Monday morning...It was very pleasant, except for trying to sleep. Neither of us could get comfortable for some reason.

We saw the very unimpressive-looking platform of the Pittsburg train station at 11:45 and some lights of Cleveland when we stopped there at 4-or-something.

Finally gave up around 6 a.m. and watched the sunrise over Indiana fields and farms, and enjoyed the dialect and cheerful chatter of 3 Amish couples that came on board.

When we got to the train station, we thought we'd have to call a cab. It's a little, hole-in-the-wall train station. Then we realized there were three cabs outside. Apparently a large group of kids was on our train and had gotten off at South Bend, and they had cabs waiting for them. One of the drivers said he would call a cab for us -- his grandpa's City Cab. In our relief over getting a cab so easily, we completely forgot about our checked luggage, which I've already told you about.

We're off to eat our hearts out at the Essenhaus breakfast buffet in Middlebury, which sounds much better than the stale bread and English muffins posing as a continental breakfast in the motel lobby downstairs. (But we really like this motel. It has a window we can OPEN, and it looks out over a bean field! We could hear crickets all night!) Joseph will poke in a couple pictures while I get ready to go, and we'll finish tonight from the laundry room. Brace yourselves for a long post tonight...

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