Milwaukee to Minneapolis, April 27, 29, and 29, 2014 It’s drizzling on Sunday morning as my friend drops me off at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. This is where my Amtrak Hiawatha train brought me from Chicago three days before and where I’ll find my Greyhound bus for Minneapolis. I think I’m the only one to arrive in a Mercedes. Today we’ll cut across the fertile, gently rolling plains of Wisconsin, bridge the Mississippi, and end in the younger of the Twin Cities. I plan to doze, listen to…

Chicago-Milwaukee. April 25th, 26th and 27th 2014. I’m scheduled for the 3:15 afternoon Hiawatha train from Chicago to Milwaukee. It’s only 10:30 and I have time to spare. Packed my roll-on bag, checked out of the Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park, and, with bag trailing behind me, walked the three blocks up Michigan to the Art Institute of Chicago. To my mind this is one of the great museums. Packed with art, it also is a most comfortable institution to use. At the museum’s baggage check station,…

Chicago, Baseball, Food and Philharmonic. April 23rd and 24th, 2014. Cold here my first night, or at least cold by Las Vegas standards for late April. I strolled around much of the “Loop” area named for the downtown section served by the elevated train which encircles the core in a loop of train tracks a story or two above the city streets, rumbling and clattering, misses neighboring buildings by mere feet, and transports workers, shoppers and tourists while it gives a bird’s eye view of Chicago’s legacy of…