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Milwaukee to the Depot Inn and Suites 8/29/2021

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I arose at the DoubleTree Hotel and went downstairs to have our last breakfast in Milwaukee. Later we checked out and met Greg and Marty in the breezeway and our car was retrieved from the valet. Elizabeth drove us today to Amboy, Illinois which was in the midst of their Depot Days Celebration so we decided to forgoe stopping here because of the crowds and parade vehicles. We then took the roads south to Bureau Junction and our first depot of the day.

The Bureau Junction Rock Island station. We next headed south to Chillicothe.

The Chillicothe Rock Island station built in 1889.

Santa Fe caboose 999130, built in 1929 and arrived here in 1987.

Greg and Marty on a Rock Island bench at the Chillicothe Rock Island station. We next drove to the Santa Fe station in town.

Chillicothe's Santa Fe station, a former Amtrak stop on the Southwest Chief. From here we went to Edelstein Hill but had no trains. Next we went to Walmart in Galesburg then after lunch at Arby's, Elizabeth drove us west to Iowa and then into Missouri. Stopping for petrol in Wayland, we followed my directions to La Plata and the Depot Inn and Suites where we checked in and received the keys to the Pullman Suite. My very good friend Tom Anderson picked the two of us up and we went to Colton's Steakhouse in Kirksville where I had a sirloin steak and Elizabeth enjoyed a loaded chicken breast. Upon return to the Inn, laundry was done and during this, we walked out to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point and while we worked on the internet, we watched two BNSF trains light up the rails on this now-dark evening. We returned to our room and I took a sauna tub bath then we called it a night.

8/30/2021 Elizabeth and I arose in the Pullman Suite and picked up some breakfast to go before Greg obtained the keys to the golf cart. After a stop at Casey's for Elizabeth and I, Greg started the drive to the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point.

My favorite path in the whole wide world. The two Amtrak Express cars that house the Exhibit of Amtrak History will be moved to a track to the east of this path. Elizabeth and I went into the Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout Point and got online while Greg and Marty were out on the deck.

BNSF 6708 East was the first train of the day.

BNSF 6301 East was the second and last train of the day. Greg drove Marty and I while Elizabeth walked back to the inn.

Back up the path to the Depot Inn and Suites.

Out in front of the Depot Inn and Suites. Both of us had forgotten how much we enjoyed this hotel and all it has to offer. We finished packing, met the owner, to whom I gave a business card, checked out and loaded the car for our next adventure.