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Welcome to a Thursday in Chicago uptown

Managed to sleep really well after a wonderful day spent at the museum. Seems today no subway rides. Gonna go out in my neighborhood again and see things. First though breakfast around the corner from my Airbnb.

I decided one day to ride The Loop although I’ve seen some stuff at different points along the route. I have two more days to spend wandering this city after I go today.

Food is a major thing here and so is just enjoying the moments relaxing over coffee. The Chicago summer sun splits between mornings of blue skies and then hiding often for evening thunderstorms. Now it’s beautiful out. So now I sit with coffee.

I think back on being in Hanoi in July getting ready to leave. I had this idea about riding Amtrak east on the California Zephyr from beginning to the end. My friend AFT living in Singapore really encouraged me to do the ride. So after some thoughts on what and when I settled on the USA Railpass. Originally I would have ridden all the way back from Chicago to Los Angeles and then flown to Mexico. This changed when I decided to visit my friend N in Austin and just decided to bail on the remainder three segments. Then the Covid delta thing started up in Texas and it became evident I could not go. Her husband has underlying health issues and already got the booster shot to help him. So things stopped.

Now I am getting closer to leaving Chicago. Next stop Albuquerque for a week plus. Today I walk here in my neighborhood again to Lake Michigan.

Breakfast is done. Coffee remains.

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