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Edition #113, November 1, 2009

Reflections From The Mirror

Photographer: Bob Schoneman

                                                                                                 Photo by Bob Schoneman

Reflections From The Mirror

Moments whilst driving. After a long week at work, I woke up at 3 am and couldn't return to sleep. So, a shower, a few cups of Jo, and I was on the road with my Harley. Where? I don't know. Didn't care...except for creatures in the night that like to rent space on highway and byway right of ways.

A flip of the coin said LaCrosse, WI. See some friends, and watch some trains to boot. I live in Appleton, WI; so this was a 4-hour stretch through farm and cranberry country across state. Clunk her in gear and off we go.

Been doing this trip by car for over 20 years, hitting the C&NW and the Milwaukee Road and BN. Now it is the UP, CP and BNSF. I first hit the ex C&NW main just west of Neceedah, WI on 21, after another stop for Jo and breakfast. A glow in the eastern sky is apparent.

Continuing on west, we stride the UP main, checking the CTC for action, which is rare. I call it the "Green Eye Route" because the CTC is almost always green, for clear…no traffic. Though I get lucky now and then, this morning was no different.

On checking one set of signals, the sunrise was becoming a reality, but clouds were an issue. I putted on, and glanced in the mirror and saw a sucker hole. Next crossing, put the bike astride and snapped this shot. The fun way for me to use the Nikon. A few minutes later, the sun and I were history; behind clouds and down the road.

I got to Lacrosse, saw friends, and shot a train or two. Stayed overnight for a safe Sunday return. The weekend...not really getting a ton of rest; but satisfaction. I figure I could sleep at work Monday.

I still do trips as such, But this sunrise on the UP, at Shennington, WI 9-20-08 captures the freedoms and beauties we still fight for here in the US.

God Bless America.

Bob Schoneman

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