Sunday, September 04, 2005

This train keeps on a rolling!

I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend,
And I ain't seen the sunshine,
Since, I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison,
And time keeps draggin' on,
But that train keeps a-rollin',
On down to San Antone.--Johnny Cash

Thank God I'm not in Folsom prison , but I do like trains. So today I'm jumping on the Shinkansen (Bullet train) and heading up to Aomori Prefecture. Even taking the S.O. along.

I've always loved trains and while I could fly up there, I almost invariably take the train when I can. People always ask me why as its not an inexpensive proposition (13,000 yen one way....X 2 since I had to buy the S.O.'s ticket). It takes 3 hours which is about the same as a plane when you factor in check in and security.

For me, its just more fun! Why do I ride the train? Because I can. America will never have a rail service like Japan's and I don't like driving long distances.

So there may not so many posts for a while depending on internet access. I'll post some pictures when I get back though...before I leave for Hong Kong!



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