in which the author documents his newfound insanity, meets some interesting people and works on his tan. The hard way.

No bikes allowed

My overnight in chicago had gone smoothly: i found mh bike in the basement of union station after my train ride, and successfully put it back together next to another cyclist from Minneapolis. Lodging and food were equally easy to deal with.

I made it to millennium station in plenty of time for my South Shore train to Michigan City, only to find that the South Shore was doing weekend construction, and was terminating all trains west of Michigan City. Ok, I can ride from the last stop. But then the conductor pointed out that although bikes are allowed on all other Metra trains, they are prohibited on the South Shore. Drat! A phone call to Amtrak confirmed that bikes aren’t allowed on their trains to Michigan City. Another call showed that greyhound doesn’t run to Michigan City. My dad and brother were waiting there already, so there was one solution: take a cab. I think everyone needs one super expensive cab ride story they can tell, and now I have mine. I enjoyed every minute of it. The cab got me to Indiana only a few minutes after the train would have arrived. The Michigan adventure begins!

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3 responses

  1. jean ralley

    Ouch!!!!! Reminds me of my cab trip from Cincinnati on my way back from Paris. Fortunately, I didn’t have to pay for it. What a bummer!!! Hope things go better this week.

    Love, Mom

    August 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  2. You can’t tell a super expensive cab ride story without saying how much the damage was.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:52 am

  3. ShansMcB

    that’s horrible! I don’t understand why some trains don’t allow bicycles on them – come on!

    August 29, 2011 at 7:51 am

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