In the train from Austin to Chicago

In the summer of 2016, my husband and I took a deserved vacation to Chicago and instead of flying there, we took the train. 28 hours of corn fields, rusty industrial landscapes, and colorful people. This ride made the trip much more interesting than it would be just by flying. This is the visual record of the train ride from Austin to Chicago the way I lived it. I did not want to worry about cameras, so I only used my phone.

 

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Austin, TX.
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Austin, TX.
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Austin, TX.
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Austin, TX.
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Round Rock – Ryans crossing. TX.
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Hutto, TX.
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Taylor, TX.
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Taylor, TX.
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McGregor, TX.
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McGregor, TX.
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Cleburne, TX.
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Fort Worth, TX.

Selfie in the lounge car.

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Hurst, TX.
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Short stop in Dallas – Reunion District. TX.

I decided to take a nap while in Dallas.

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Dallas. Reunion District. TX.
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Wills Point, TX.
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Edgewood, TX.
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Mineola, TX.
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Marshall, TX.
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Marshall, TX.
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Marshall, TX.

During dinner we were paired up with an inspiring woman called Bev (Beverly, but she did not like to be called that way.) She was picking up her car in Chicago to continue to Wisconsin where she lives. She used to be an accountant but her true calling is to help others. So she decide to go back to school and did a Masters in Social work. For many years she worked with prison population and now is independent. It is always nice to share time with people who are happy with their lives. I’m glad I got to meet Bev, even if it is the only time our paths will cross.

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Bev, our dinner companion. Jefferson, TX.

After dinner we went to sleep and this was the first thing I saw the next morning. It was 6:17 am and the view through my curtain looked like an ultrasound.

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Carondelet Park. St. Louis, MO.

This is better…

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Carondelet Park. St. Louis, MO.

Actually, we were entering St. Louis.

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St. Luis – Midtown. MO.
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St. Louis – Midtown. MO.
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St. Louis, MO.
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St. Louis, MO.
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St. Louis, MO.

We made it to Illinois!

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Venice, IL.
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East Alton, IL.

I really loved the foggy landscape in Hartford.

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Hartford, IL.
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Hartford, IL.
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Hartford, IL.
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Hartford, IL.
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Wood River, IL.
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East Alton, IL.
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Godley, IL.

Exploring the train.

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Braidwood, IL.
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Joliet, IL.
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Joliet, IL.
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Joliet, IL.

After  long stop in Joliet, we made it to Chicago.

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Chicago, IL.
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Chicago – West Loop. IL.

Well, we arrived. Bittersweet feeling.

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Chicago – Union Station. IL.

This is the last view I had of the train. Amtrak 69.

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Chicago, IL.

And this was the first view I had of Chicago (I bet that is the first view many people have).

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Chicago, IL.

 

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