Rain, tornadoes, and family connections

3/24/22

Another relatively brief post today, since I don’t have many photos or much to report, but I’m doing well (and have managed to evade recent tornadoes here in North Carolina, as well as Texas and New Orleans—oof).

Yesterday I said goodbye to my wonderful Charlotte Warmshowers host Pam, and headed out into a light rain to reach the train station. Once again, I went through some back-and-forth rigmarole with Amtrak staff to get my rig on board. (This time, I even had to disassemble the trailer and remove some weight from it.) But I made it OK to Cary, NC, and my uncle met me trainside.

The train did arrive late, partly because of tornado warnings in the area. Fortunately, we didn’t experience any high winds on the train, but there was definitely heavy rain as we went through, and stopped longer than scheduled in, Greensboro. (See pics.)

I had a great reunion with my aunt and uncle (and their two spirited dogs!) and stayed up into the wee hours talking. This morning I awakened at 11:30, and then we mostly lounged about and talked more today, including an outdoor patio get-together with their bicycle-enthusiast neighbors.

Tomorrow I plan to explore a local rail-trail, so stay tuned for some photos of that!

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