|Stuck in Niagara Falls after being denied entry into Canada|
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
|photo by Stephany Yantorn|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
|It is hard to imagine a place as lush as Virginia after leaving a desert that is|
going on 10 months without a drop of rain
The last couple of days, I stayed with my friends Keleigh and Thomas, who live part time in Terlingua Texas.
|The secret hot springs in Big Bend with Keleigh and Thomas.|
|Niko and Jana Laven sit in at |
Oddfella's in Floyd, Virginia.
Back on the train, I tried to convince the snack dealer to let me use my own coffee mug, but he explained that Amtrak verifies the amount of coffee beverages sold from the amount of disposable cups missing from their inventory at the end of a shift. This protocol doesn't fit with their campaign to use the train as a greener form of travel. It is also incongruent with their their substantial efforts to provide recycling bins on board. But I needed the coffee.
And now my playcation takes me to Philadelphia, after 6.5 hours on the train, where I will reunite with 20+ South African cousins.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I am a couple of days into my train journey. I have 12 shows in 15 days, and the Amtrak is my portal to the shows. These first train segments are the long ones, but there is no hurry. It is not time lost, like when driving. On board there is a restaurant, a lounge, and plenty of space to walk around while the world streams by outside the windows. It is a good time to relax or be productive. With a 15 day train pass, each day on the train costs me $26, not bad considering the distance traveled. And I don't have to worry about unexpected car troubles.
My first exit off the train was in New Orleans. I walked a mile to Canal Street to catch the streetcar. And this is when I realized that I may be carrying too much stuff. Besides my guitar, I am also equipped with a small amplifier, a mic stand, a sleeping bag, music cables, food, and clothes. I'll have to play around with redistributing the weight, or consider unloading a few things. I dropped my things off at Chickie Wah Wah and then took the streetcar to the French Quarter, a nice glimpse of how American cities could be if character and architecture were emphasized instead of speed and efficiency.