On The Road With Fastfreta...Three Days To Atlanta

Day One

I know I should have been doing this one day at a time. But I've been too busy playing Words With Friends, and Wordfeud to take notes, so here goes, me, trying to recall three days to Atlanta, bear with me, the old memory isn't what it used to be.

Pauline had to drive me to Oklahoma City to get the train back to Fort Worth, where I picked up my things from Dorothy. Remember, (On The Road, Texas), I said that I had to leave a piece of luggage with her, because I couldn't check my luggage to Oklahoma. Dorothy was prompt, and I retrieved my things. I did one of my normal things, almost missed the train. Here's what happened, I was on the phone with my son, having one of our funny conversations, remembering my train was scheduled to leave at 2:25, I happened to look at my watch, it was 2:13 I panicked, ran to the tracks, and the train arrived just as I did. Did I mention that the train will leave on time whether you're there or not. They don't know, or care who has tickets. The train pulled up, we got on, and it pulled off, just like that. It appears I learned nothing from Pauline's punctuality. (On The Road, Oklahoma) This was a scene to be repeated with each and every train that I had to board.

The Train

Joy of Joys, I had the whole space, two seats, to myself. This day I didn't leave my seat to do anything but, take care of personal things, and eat. I felt as if I stayed in bed all day. I did nothing but, read, write, and play games. I had a very enjoyable dinner with two of the most beautiful ladies I've ever seen. Payton, and her grandmother Pat,(see pics enclosed), a very delightful pair. I so enjoyed sharing life stories with Pat, we have so much in common, that's always a very nice part of the evening on the train. Back to my seat, I was so sure I could sleep with access to both seats, but alas, no sleep. By the way, this was the train to Chicago, so we passed through so many small town and Big Cities, but I don't remember most of them, before I close this article I'll try to remember some of them.

Scenery From My Window Enroute to Chicago

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Train Stop, somewhere, on the way to ChicagoTrain stop, somewhere, on the way to ChicagoPauls Valley train stop, on the way to ChicagoPauls Valley, ?Pauls Valley streetsI'm not sure what this river is called, "Muddy, I guess"The Same Muddy riverMuddy River, (not the name)I think this is TexasTexas, I guessStill TexasTexas, I guessOkay, I don't know where this isPat and PaytonPat and PaytonDepot stopDepot StopAha, Train stop, Springfield Il.
Train Stop, somewhere, on the way to Chicago
Train Stop, somewhere, on the way to Chicago
Train stop, somewhere, on the way to Chicago
Train stop, somewhere, on the way to Chicago
Pauls Valley train stop, on the way to Chicago
Pauls Valley train stop, on the way to Chicago
Pauls Valley, ?
Pauls Valley, ?
Pauls Valley streets
Pauls Valley streets
I'm not sure what this river is called, "Muddy, I guess"
I'm not sure what this river is called, "Muddy, I guess"
The Same Muddy river
The Same Muddy river
Muddy River, (not the name)
Muddy River, (not the name)
I think this is Texas
I think this is Texas
Texas, I guess
Texas, I guess
Still Texas
Still Texas
Texas, I guess
Texas, I guess
Okay, I don't know where this is
Okay, I don't know where this is
Pat and Payton
Pat and Payton
Pat and Payton
Pat and Payton
Depot stop
Depot stop
Depot Stop
Depot Stop
Aha, Train stop, Springfield Il.
Aha, Train stop, Springfield Il.

Chicago

Finally here! We arrived about an hour late, therefore, I don't have as much time to sight see as I'd like. So I locked my things in a locker, grabbed a taxi and made my way over to Oprah's studio. Being alone, I didn't know how I would prove it was me taking the pictures. Ironies or ironies, the only other person on the street was another sole female tourist. She was a student from Africa. Her English was limited, but it didn't matter, we still were able to communicate with one another, because we had or desire to see Chicago in common. For her mode of transportation, there was a friend from her country, who was a taxi driver, he also became my mode of transportation. I was able to see, and do more than I thought I would as a result of meeting the beautiful Trinitas. Some of the places we visited, and took pictures of, were, Solder Field, The Bulls Stadium, Shed Aquarium, The Field Museum, and more, (pictures are enclosed).

Here's the next time I almost missed my train, we were waiting for Trinitas' friend to come back and pick us up, it was getting later and later, 5:00 to be exact, and my train was to leave at 6:10. So I grabbed another taxi, made my way back to Union Station, where I grabbed a bite to eat, not realizing it was so late, about 5:50, I panicked, ran to retrieve my belongings, and was so desperate that I had to trade a 5 dollar bill for three dollars to retrieve my belongings from the locker. Again, I ran to the train with moments to spare, they were already boarding. Will I ever learn, not yet. Please tell me, "Why am I Always Late?"

Excuse me Chicago, who's bright idea was it to put that city rail line, (The L), right down the middle of downtown, so unattractive. Sorry Chicago!

Check out my pics from this leg of the adventure.

Chicago Pictures

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Soldier FieldSoldier FieldSoldier FieldSoldier FieldField MuseumTrinitasTrinitas MeSoldier Field signChicago Union StationChicago SkylineHarpo StudiosTrinitas at the entrance of Oprah's studioThe entrance of Oprah's studioRiding under the city rail systemunder the city rail systemcity rail system, I think it's called the "L"The "L" Who did this?The Sears towerChicago skyline?
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Field Museum
Field Museum
Trinitas
Trinitas
Trinitas
Trinitas
Me
Me
Soldier Field sign
Soldier Field sign
Chicago Union Station
Chicago Union Station
Chicago Skyline
Chicago Skyline
Harpo Studios
Harpo Studios
Trinitas at the entrance of Oprah's studio
Trinitas at the entrance of Oprah's studio
The entrance of Oprah's studio
The entrance of Oprah's studio
Riding under the city rail system
Riding under the city rail system
under the city rail system
under the city rail system
city rail system, I think it's called the "L"
city rail system, I think it's called the "L"
The "L" Who did this?
The "L" Who did this?
The Sears tower
The Sears tower
Chicago skyline
Chicago skyline
?
?

Train to Washington DC

Whew! I made it! Oh no, I have an aisle seat, now you know I'm not even thinking about sleeping like that. Besides my seatmate was a young man, a nice size guy, not fat just a big guy. Again nice young man, but I couldn't envision sleeping next to him. He probably felt the same way, "this old lady falling asleep on me." LOL! He was very pleasant, and we had very good conversations, but sleep there, no. I eventually excused myself and went to the observation car where I remained all night. I, there, discovered the secret to my being able to sleep on the train. Just sit up, make myself as uncomfortable as possible, and voila I'm fast asleep, fitfully, but I still slept, and so did several others, who probably couldn't sleep at their seats either.

My table mates for breakfast were two very nice people, John and his wife, sorry wife, forgot your name. She was too nice, I shouldn't have forgotten her name. They were on their way to the White House, and other sights in DC, and the surrounding states. John, and "oh what is her name," anyway they were accustomed to riding the train, and had done so on several occasions, they gave me a few train riding tips. Very nice people.

It was on this trip that I discovered a compass on my tablet. As long as we were near addresses I could tell where we were, more about that later.

Pictures enroute to Washington D.C.

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View from dining car, a nice body of water, but can't remember what it is. I'm just terrible, at this.John and his lovely wifeThe river againAn old Round House, I was toldMore pics of the Round House. A place where trains used to pull in for serviceMore water,
View from dining car, a nice body of water, but can't remember what it is. I'm just terrible, at this.
View from dining car, a nice body of water, but can't remember what it is. I'm just terrible, at this.
John and his lovely wife
John and his lovely wife
The river again
The river again
An old Round House, I was told
An old Round House, I was told
More pics of the Round House. A place where trains used to pull in for service
More pics of the Round House. A place where trains used to pull in for service
More water,
More water,

Washington DC

I've been to DC before, but it was either by automobile or airplane. The train gave me a whole new prospective on the city. To begin with Union Station is so beautiful, (pics enclosed). I thought to go see the White House again, but I remembered my penchant for running late and decided against it. So I wandered around for awhile then decided to eat. I ate at Bee Smith's Restaurant. The food was scrumptious, I had what they called "Swamp Thang." A seafood mixture in garlic sauce, topped with collard greens and fried strips of squash, loved it. Not to mention the ambiance, loved that too. Oh, I did go out of the station. I went to the post office, it was not just a post office, but also a postal museum, I didn't get to see the museum, just mailed cards.

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Inside Union Station Washington DCUnion Station Washington DcDC Union StaionUnion Station, DCUnion Station DCUnion Station DCUnion Station DCBee Smith's restaurant inside Union Station DCInside of Bee Smith's restaurantUnion Station DC
Inside Union Station Washington DC
Inside Union Station Washington DC
Union Station Washington Dc
Union Station Washington Dc
DC Union Staion
DC Union Staion
Union Station, DC
Union Station, DC
Union Station DC
Union Station DC
Union Station DC
Union Station DC
Union Station DC
Union Station DC
Bee Smith's restaurant inside Union Station DC
Bee Smith's restaurant inside Union Station DC
Inside of Bee Smith's restaurant
Inside of Bee Smith's restaurant
Union Station DC
Union Station DC

Train to Atlanta

So this is my least favorite train ride. To begin with the train was one level and crowded with no observation car, so I was confined to my seat the entire trip. I began my night by spilling the lady's drink behind me. I reclined my seat with no regard to the person behind me. She was gracious, but I felt sooooo bad. One bright note, I did sit next to a very interesting family, a young woman and her two delightful boys. One a baseball aficionado, had a DVD player, which I sneaked a peek at every now and then. Oh, but say I actually slept on this leg. The way I did this is to sit ramrod straight, feet planted firmly on the floor, and I slept quite well.

I mentioned earlier that I discovered a compass on my tablet, so I decided to document all the places we passed through on our way to Georgia. Of course these were places I captured while awake. Just to name a few, Rockville , MD, Culpeper VA, Charlottesville, VA, Danville, VA, Sugar Hill, GA, Suwanee, GA, Duluth, GA. Admittedly this was a rather boring leg of the trip, possibly because it took place mostly at night.

I'd like to add, these three days were the most interesting leg, scenic wise that is.

Stay Tuned

I'm sure there's more to these three days that I forgot to include, but, that's just it, I forgot. Anyway my next leg is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The train will take me through Washington, DC, and I have an eight hour layover, time to sight see. Needless to say I will document that, so keep an eye out. Well bedtime here at my mother's house in Atlanta, Ga. I'll have to write the Atlanta adventure after I finish my Pittsburgh trip. So goodnight, see you after the next leg.

My Route To Atlanta

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A markerChicago, Illinois -
Chicago, IL, USA
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Oprah Winfrey's studio

B markerUnion Station, Washington, DC -
Union Station Dr NW, Washington D.C., DC 20002, USA
[get directions]

C markerAmtrak, Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA -
Atlanta, GA, USA
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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Wow! quite a trip...you must have a lot of energy, Freta. Trains are great, but I think you are really very brave to do so much traveling on them...one train after another. I find it exhausting. Hope your liked my home town of Chicago (I really miss it) except for the location of the train station...I mean.


Mayda Bosco 5 years ago

Thoroughly enjoying your travels!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Fastfreta - you should write travelogues. The details you include are so cut or interesting and you spare us any that aren't. I agree that Peyton and Pat are beautiful. Maybe a young Halle Berry in the making there. Grandmother Pat is gorgeous too! The dining car looks very cozy and friendly in general.

I was in Chicago once, for a seminar. Didn't get to see much but I felt a certain connection since my mother graduated from both the University of Chicago and the Chicago Art Institute back in 1917 - two simultaneous degrees. The woman walked so fast I could scarcely keep up, but walking most places in Chicago taught her that, in addition to her own very fast-pasted personality! She hated wasting a moment - always had her crochet or knitting on the seat of the car beside her so she could get in a few stitches while waiting for red lights to change! I am NOT exaggerating!

I visited DC several times as a chaperone of 60 or so 9th grade students back in the 1960s. A couple of times we went via train from Southern Indiana and once via air. We had tour buses to take us to the sights in and around DC. I've always wanted to return. But then, even herding kids around & trying to keep them out of trouble, it was among my treasured memories. You'll surely have a great time on your 8-hour layover on your way to Pittsburgh. You're certainly having a variety of experiences - and meeting nice folks on the train is an extra bonus! Just try really hard to allow a few extra minutes to make your trains on schedule!

Thanks for sharing both pictures and descriptions! Have fun!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I despise my spellcheck!! It decides what to spell out if my finger misses a letter or reverses it, and it does it so decisively, it's difficult to notice and fix at the time.

Of course I meant 'fast paced', NOT 'fast pasted'! By the time I saw it, the instantaneous time allowed for editing was gone. I noticed it when went back to add that you sound like a fast-paced lady yourself, - possibly the reason for your nickname! :-)

By the way - I'm voting it up and other accolades!


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hi fasfreta, this is deligful! You go lady! The world is indeed beautiful; there's so much to see and do. Those places that you've mentioned are all fun and exciting to visit.

I'm off to read your other posts about your travel.

Thanks for sharing the pics!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you alekhouse, Mayda, Nellieana, and DynamicS, one and all for reading and leaving comments.

Actually, alekhouse I'm not exhausted yet, but there's still time, and you're right I do have unlimited energy. What I saw of Chicago, I enjoyed. But I would like to see more of it.

Mayda I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my adventure, and hope you will stay tuned.

Nellieana, thank you for the compliment, I didn't think my descriptions were that good, but thanks anyway. On the other hand I appreciate your narrative, you add so much to my hub, thanks for that, and please keep up with me on my future travels.

Again thank you all for stopping and taking the time to leave these wonderful comments, please come back.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

What I see in it is CHARM and the way you really included us in the journeys. I felt like I'd been on that train, squirming in the seat unable to sleep, meeting those lovely people, gazing out at the passing scene, - even rushing down the platform to catch it before it pulled out without me. That's a quality that is often lacking or short-changed in most descriptive travelogues, which seem sterile by comparison. I also know you're still en route and not spending endless time writing about the events and places. Perhaps that is one reason they are so real and in-the-present, but also - may be embellished when there's more time for that.

Mother was an artist who sketched everywhere she went. She did a 10-minute sketch of the Grand Canyon which was merely skeletal, but from it, one sensed the enormity, depth, distance and even the ghosts of times and people long gone. She was able to use the sketch to paint a more detailed picture, but it was merely built upon that real-moment experience as she sat on the rim and sketched madly before Dad said, "Elcy, we have to go!" :-)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Nellieanna, you're too kind. Thank you for your encouragement, and for that I'll continue on in the same vein. To be quite honest, I know no other way, as for getting better at this, I probably won't so thanks for letting me know this is alright. Again Nellieanna, thank you, this means a lot to me. More to come, stay tuned.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

My pleasure! And I look forward to more!


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

Fastfreta thank you so much for writing such a descriptive and vivid hub about your train ride to Alanta! I really do enjoy reading your hub.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Jean, I'm glad you're enjoying them, there's more to come. See you again soon.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Nellieanne got it perfectly right and I agree with her all the way. You do have a unique style of writing about your travels. You should seriously consider to sit down and write a book. Thank you for the joy of reading it.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you very much Hello, hello, I get encouragement from hub friends such as you, Nellieanna, and others, and I so appreciate it. Actually I am considering writing a book, but not on my travels. Thanks again for the encouragement. There's still more to come on my travels, so stay tuned.

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