In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig said, “Our goal is to make good time, with the emphasis on good rather than time.” He was talking about taking a 300cc Honda motorcycle across the country, but the same could be said of rail travel. Over the past couple of days I have decided that time is the only thing air travel has to offer. Riding by rail cannot compete there (though some corridors boast a faster car door to car door time). However, in every other regard, this trip leaves me thinking that flying is for the birds.
Understand that I have flown on lots of different aircraft in my life. I’ve flown on all the major US airlines, KLM, and even on a Yakolov “yak” 40 operated by AirKazakhstan. I’m not against flying. But if you aim to emphasize good over time, here is what you will find on the rails:
I’m no rail travel expert. This is the first time I have ever traveled by rail. But after spending the last two days on board, I think I can say this: If you aim to make good time, emphasizing the good rather than the time, it is hard to beat the rails.
Aaron Davis is the author of the novel, "Street Preacher" and the upcoming memoir, "Baggage Claim: My Journey Through Depression, Ministry, and Finding Peace." For information on having Aaron speak at your church or organization, click here.
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