Days 9 & 10 of this Amtrak Residency. Greetings from Big Sur where I am pausing at mile 4005 of this voyage. You can read previous entries about the journey thus far on this same site, or at the Amtrak blog here.
This morning, I finished the first draft of my novel. Over two years work, 450 pages, 100,000 words.
Later today I will pack up my things from Big Sur and get back on the tracks. Next leg of this journey will take me north, to Seattle via the Coast Starlight. I’ll board that train late this afternoon, and then spend tonight slumbering as we hurtle north. In the morning tomorrow I’ll awaken in northern California and spend the day looking out the window at Oregon and Washington. Arrive in SEA in mid-evening Tuesday. A night with friends, and then it’s on to the Empire Builder heading east on Wednesday.
All of that lies ahead. This morning, after finishing the last sentence of this long story, I went for a walk in the mist. I came upon a horseshoe shaped ring of moss on a redwood stump. How did I feel? Lucky.