Category: trains

  • OMON goons, discussion culture and five days in the Arctic wilderness

    APATITY, Russia – I look to my right, a man in a black balaclava with what looks like a toy rifle is running full speed toward me and shouting something unintelligible. My first thought is it’s a friend playing a prank. Determined not to let him get a rise out of me, I turn away…

  • A simple plan

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – The secret to stress-free travel is to keep logistics from getting complicated. So I kept the plan to leave the country simple: Canoe 300+ miles through the Adirondack Mountains, across Lake Champlain, upstream eastward through Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire into Maine. Then ride my bicycle to Edmundston, New Brunswick and catch…

  • Any Portage in a Storm (ouch!)

    PORTAGE, Wisconsin It’s hard to be low-profile creeping up on a train with with four people and as many dogs. That was the lesson in a St. Paul (Minnesota) freight yard as a gaggle of trainriders tried to sneak onto an eastbound freight. I’d been let off at the edge of the yard by my…