Our six-month adventure is quickly coming to an end. We started, you will recall, with a four-month-long bike ride from Toledo to Washington DC on a fairly indirect route through the Northeast, then stayed still, at night anyway, for a month in the nation's capital. Now it's time for the final two chapters.
We headed west on the Capitol Ltd, an Amtrak train that pulled out of Washington Union Station at 4:45 pm and served us dinner in the diner as we crossed the Potomac at historic Harper's Ferry. We woke up the next morning in the old steelmaking heartland of northern Indiana, but many of the steel plants that filled the area between our tracks and Lake Michigan are now underutilized or even abandoned, as steelmaking has moved elsewhere, especially overseas.