Alright it has only been over 24 hours and a lot has happened since my last blog post. I am not sure if I am going to get to everything tonight so here it goes:
Lets go back to yesterday. Back to a time when my feet were less sore and I was more eager with the way this journey was going. I had just left the Community College outside of Astoria and had decided to take the railroad tracks east. It was exactly the kind of thing I was looking forward to when I had this trip in my mind. A nice calm walk alone through someplace I have never been or ever will go again. My steps crunching the gravel between the wooden planks and reinforced steel rails. Sun shining on a cool day. Birds talkin' to me as I stroll by. Ducks running for fear that it is more than a camera I might be brandishing. Beautiful scenery all around. Easy thoughts drifting in and out of my head as I cleave my way to some unknown destination.
Here are some pictures I took as I made my way down the clearly abandoned railroad tracks:
I moved along like this for about 40 minutes/3 miles. It was about as perfect a part of this journey as I could have imagined. Until I came to one of those obstacles I have heard so much about....
I was not happy. In bold, with italics.
I did not mention this but but I was stymied the previous day about a mile out of Astoria by a similar situation. Unused railroad bridge is out. Then it was not that big a deal. It had been raining most of the day and I was looking forward to going back and getting a hotel anyway. But for the same thing to happen again...
Fool me once, shame on someone. Fool me twice, what an idiot.
So I had a choice. I could sit on the edge of the tracks and wait for a train that would clearly never come. Or maybe for the Dukes boys to swing over in the General Lee to jump the fucker. Either case seemed unlikely so it was time to double back, for the second day in a row.
So I am pretty down on the railroad tracks thing. I hope to give them a try again, but I don't know...
July 13, 2014
3 years ago