I slept through breakfast. When I finally woke, the Lake Shore Limited seemed to be moving so fast, I could hardly capture a photo. The weather and the changing leaves looked more familiar than yesterday's - more like home. Our 9,000 mile journey was coming to an end.
Before changing trains in Albany, we had time for one last meal in the Dining Car.
Photo: Menu on the Lake Shore Limited
We transferred to a different train offering only Coach class service for the five-hour trip from Albany to Boston. It was a fast, smooth transition. Coach class was very comfortable.
Photo: Passing the 9,000 mile mark of our trip on the Albany to Boston train
We arrived at South Station in Boston on time. Rather than rush to catch the 8:15PM bus to Barnstable, we opted to relax with a cup of coffee in South Station and catch the 9:45PM Plymouth and Brickton bus instead. We had been in motion for a very long time. It felt good to sit still.
After an hour-and-a-half ride on the bus and a twenty-minute drive from Barnstable to Osterville, we were glad to get home, but also glad to have made this very special trip. Seeing the country by train changed my perspective in ways I will continue to discover over time. And thanks to the Cowboy poets and singers we met, I have been inspired to sing again.
Watch for the hat and a guitar . . .