Monday, October 17, 2016
via the train... the middle part
IN which our plucky heroine continues on the journey...
Chicago is the rail hub for the USA, so almost all major rail lines terminate there, and when going cross country, my trip always includes a layover in the Windy City. This is probably my favorite view inside Union Station:
In between arrival in Chicago, and my next leg of the journey onward to Boston, it was necessary to acquire some dinner... guided by my new clever phone, I followed the map to find "Pierogi Heaven" which was only a few blocks from the station across one of the many bridges. An assortment of tasty stuffed dumplings acquired, and a stop at Baba's Village for a mango lassi, and I was fortified to continue my travels!
in Chicago, I saw this mysterious weed growing in several places on "vacant" land. The seed pods were about an inch across. Didn't see any blossoms to help identification...
This building has a most clever decorative panel, with a map of this portion of Chicago, and the building itself marked in red. As a designer, I was impressed. However, it was quite hot out, just over 80F, and the intense humidity began to turn into actual rain, so time to head back to Union Station..
The first class lounge in Chicago was recently entirely rebuilt, and the womens rest room also includes two shower rooms, a new and civilised amenity. This is shower room #1.
::: spent almost three weeks visiting family; photography took a back seat :::
Much too quickly, it was time to return to the Left Coast.My carry-on baggage also makes a good place to put my legs up for a few moments, before settling in to the compartment...
The Lake Shore Limited is the route that goes between Boston and Chicago. I am less fond of the eastern trains with the bathroom actually inside the roomette, but the folding sink is amusing. It always reminds me of the bathroom in Firefly.
Folding sink in position for use. (Underneath it is the in-compartment commode) Having the bathroom in the roomette narrows the one end of the bed to something more like a mummy bag configuration. Our plucky heroine is short so this is not a problem. YMMV
Every time I saw this sign, the glyph for helpful cleaner looked more and more like a demon, complete with pitchfork and horns.
sunset on the Lake Shore Limited (I think this was the Schenectady stop)
probably the most spectacular sunset of the trip (I think it is Schenectady and the Mohawk River, but I may be mistaken)
The eastern legs of the trip pass through a lot of industrial scenery
Once my train arrived in Chicago, my first thought was to acquire some lunch*... Rather than return to Pierogi Heaven, as tasty as it had been, I wanted to try Lou Mitchell's, a diner that has been in business since 1923, only a block away from Union Station, and at the beginning of Rt 66 on Jackson Blvd.
What can I say... some very graceful neon. But I wanted the full sit down experience...
My Chicago lunch: a BLT on house baked dark rye, a glass of milk, and a relic from my childhood, a "black and white" for dessert.