Chasing the written word, while traveling is like chasing a herd of cattle through a cattle drive from Denver, Colorado to the Oregon Territory in the old west 1800’s.
Traveling and writing makes the best of both worlds, no matter how you put it, but literally your not doing all the driving – the engineer who drives the train, the pilot who flies the friendly skies, the driver who drives the Greyhound bus, they’re all doing the work – while you rest assured, your leisurely trip across the Colorado Rockies into the Oregon Territory gets you to the Applegate and Oregon Trail’s will be as smooth as you think as you travel by train toward the famed Oregon trails of the same names, mentioned above.
Rising at the wee hour of three-thirty in the morning to prepare for the morning commute to Portland, Oregon via the Amtrak Cascades from Eugene to Portland in common sense fashion as life springs in the fast lane of our interstate highways for those who travel the Interstate Five corridor between US and Canadian Border to the US and Mexican Border south of Los Angeles, I’m dwelling in the shadows of darkness, along the hollowed and storied railroad lines of the Pacific Northwest as Amtrak prepares to leave it’s Eugene Depot train station for Portland’s Union Station – my worries of driving along the heaviest traveled lanes of Interstate Five has me resting comfortably and soundly as the train slowly pulls out of the Eugene Station heading north toward Portland.
It’s morning traffic in the fast lane – railroad style! Through the years of traveling, I’ve gone by planes, trains, automobile and bicycle, but I find it more relaxing and comfortable traveling by train than driving or flying the friendly skies across the Continental United States – riding by bicycle isn’t such as bad as taking the train, but you can take your bicycle with you on the train if you wanted too – I elected not to take bike on this trip to Portland, but it would be nice to ride Portland Streets with a bicycle for a day and hop the train back to Eugene later in the day and ride home from the Eugene train depot in downtown Eugene.
Here is a good article about Adventure Cycling Association and Amtrak teaming up on a pilot project involving bicycles on Amtrak back in 2013.
But it all sounds like fun – there has been a few instances when I’ve looked into the idea of traveling to Portland via train and helping with ham radio events in that area with fellow ham radio operators – I’ve yet to try it taking my bike on the train, but I have played around with the idea of taking the bike on the train and helping fellow hams at some ham radio related events with my bicycle and ham radio all in a days works from Eugene to Portland and vise versa back to Eugene.
Has a writer, blogger and bicyclist, it’s the best of both worlds when you travel by bicycle with Amtrak and your two wheeled friend – you can’t go wrong taking the ole miss with two-wheels! My late grandfather used too say, “if you can take it, than your in for the better of the two worlds,” he would often say, when it came to traveling with one’s hobby, such a bicycling your way with a train.
It’s not exactly the thought of traveling by train, it’s gives you the random thoughts as a scene from the Danny Devito and Billy Crystal movie, “Throw Momma From The Train,” plays in your mind as they travel by Amtrak train they two must decide what to do about something about Devito’s character “Owen,” who has dreams of killing him Mother with Crystal’s character, “Larry,” only to be kicked off the train by the late actress Ann Ramsey before the movie fades to a year later when Owen and Larry later catch up with one another.
Since, I ain’t in Billy Crystal’s shoes, there’s literally the thought of a good murder mystery to be written on the train as you travel at speeds you never thought possible, other than that of the Starship Enterprise and other federation vessels across the universe. It’s that simple, has I write this blog post, I’m enjoying working and writing on my laptop as the train leaves Eugene, Oregon for Portland, Oregon’s Union Station – nice to know with today’s technology, writers are able to craft their work with wi-fi internet access and being able to shuttle their finished product to their blog or editor at some of the most read publications on the news stand or read electronically on the internet!
All aboard is what it’s all about – leisure, writing and leaving the driving to someone else, over the years, I’ve enjoyed the ride and it’s always been fun, since it’s still dark out, it would be my first blog post published in the twilight zone of darkness while riding America’s most treasured asset – the railroad!
What can I say, by the time I hit the send button and the edit has been done – this blog post will have already made it’s way from my desk at the office at home and truly finished while on the railroad before reaching Portland’s Rose City, the Columbia River and the famed Lewis and Clark trails historically sitting high and mighty above the Columbia Gorge.
Hoot, hoot, at it’s best from the rails!