Friday, June 12, 2009

Away from home

The last few weeks have been very busy. I have not worked on the railroad for some time. First it was a series of "colds" that left me with little energy, then when I was just getting my wind back it was time for the great adventure.
From May 14 until June 4 I helped my classmate and friend, Fr. Augustine Thompson, move from Charlottesville, Virginia to Oakland, California. The journey went through North Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, Marbury, Alabama, (Mississippi), New Orleans, Louisiana, San Antonio, Texas, Carlsbad, New Mexico, Tucson, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada (flight into Grand Canyon), Los Angeles, San Simeon and Pacific Grove, California. I actually left Fr. Augustine and Fr. Luke (who joined us in Las Vegas) at the Oakland airport. As of this writing Fr. Augustine is all moved in, with everything set up and running. Fr. Luke is back at work in the Eastern Province of Dominicans.
The details of the journey may, or may not be available. The short description is: Wow! so many wonderful places and people! Groan! so much time on-the-road driving, driving, driving, driving ..... Would I do it again? Only the love of God and a very worthy friend would ever get me to do it again.
I am so very happy to be home. Recovery time has been long, but the knees and coming around.... my own room and bed are good medicine.

1 comment:

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. said...

Hi Vincent!

Just to let you know that the mainline is open from Olean to Eldred. Leo is expected to view in the next few days.

Last night, after a brief visit to a lumber yard I knocked together a 3' 3" extension of the yard. Just one piece of track on it now--I am waiting for a shipment of track and cork bedding. The layout now covers the whole available wall. If I do any other extension it will be to "blast" a hole in the workroom wall (nothing but dry wall) and put a "repair shelf" over the desk in there.

Get some rest, Reginald says you are working too hard.

--road crew, O.B.W.R.R.