Hey Team,

It’s been a busy few days of travel without a lot of time to squeeze in new experiences. I did, however, get to take part in the longest train ride EVER. I left Massachusetts at noon two days ago and I got into Galva, Il (pop. 2758) last night around 8:30 pm. Roughly 32 hours of travel. I did get two sizable layovers to break up the monotony. PLUS, I got to meet some really cool people on the train.

My first pit stop was in Albany, NY where I had the privilege of being introduced to the bar/restaurant that is used as the pictorial example for the word “dive.”

No joke: The bar tender (I think his name was Skip) turned the TV on with a baseball bat. The weather set the mood too, dark and cloudy with a sultry mugginess in the air. Lightning in the background. Plus a sketchy clientele all combined to make me feel like I was in the white trash version of “The Titty Twister.” (Who can pick out THAT movie reference?) But, I did make it out alive (I guess that makes me Seth.)

That’s when the marathon leg of the train ride started. I More >