* 15 … AWAKENING (05/15/2011)

Just a few hours later, the eldest’s brain was brimming with activity once again. He awoke, before his alarm sounded, with such an electrical jolt that even he wondered exactly what had prompted his awakening. While he lay there, a bit stunned from the sudden wake up, he started to think about all he needed to do that day. But, his mind kept going back to the train whistle he had heard overnight. He glanced at the clock. 5:43 am.

He leapt out of bed, threw on some clothes, grabbed his camera, and headed out the door. He was in such a hurry that he didn’t leave a note for his brother. And, even though the tracks were within walking distance, he jumped in his Caprice Classic and took off towards the railroad tracks. He wanted to be there when the first train of the morning rumbled through his home town, welcoming in the new morning on Route 66.

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