That's right--I actually did buy an MP3. Not just for my bike rides, either. I bought it for the train ride to Chicago. What, you didn't know I was taking a train to Chicago? Don't feel bad, because as much as I feel like I've been shouting it from the rooftops for 2 months (at least), last week everyone was shocked when I mentioned how excited I was for it. Because I was SO EXCITED for it! I've been home for a few days now, and am still giddy about my adventure. :-)
Trust me: You need to take a train ride, and you need to have a sleeper roomette when you do it. I'm totally planning a trip to Seattle soon, if you want to come with me. I am a convert. Travel by train is so much more enjoyable than flying.
Sure, it takes longer, but I promise it is worth it! Okay, I guess I can't promise that. You have to enjoy leisure time and have the ability to entertain yourself. Of course we had books to read and games to play games and friends to make,
but even with all that to do, I still found myself staring out the window at amazing views:
Edited: If you want more information about our time in Chicago, check out Rachel's post. She's fantastic.