Travels with Charley: Training on the Pere Marquette

The Pere Marquette comes to pick us up in Saint Joe.

The Pere Marquette comes to pick us up in Saint Joe.

(Saint Joseph, Michigan) I was happy to introduce three friends: Bonnie, Jay, and Tim, to Amtrak’s daily trains 371 and 370, the Pere Marquette, which operates between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois by way of Saint Joe.  We were bound for the One of a Kind Show in Chicago on Sunday, and we thought of either driving or taking the South Shore from Michigan City, but I suggested a third option, the Pere Marquette from Saint Joe, leaving at 8:16 a.m. (EDT) and returning to Saint Joe that same day at 9:15 p.m. My friends were all aboard with that, and we totally scored with trains 371 and 370, which were both on time and provided us delightful rides to and from the Windy City. Take a tip from us and leave the driving to Amtrak.  Visit: Amtrak.com to book your own stress-free adventure.

Tim (left) and Jay nosh fresh, hot bagels from Broad Street Cafe and catch up on the Pere Marquette into Chicago.

Tim (left) and Jay nosh fresh, hot bagels from Broad Street Cafe and catch up on the Pere Marquette into Chicago.

On-time arrival at Chicago Union Station.  The travel team is refreshed and ready for adventure.

On-time arrival at Chicago Union Station. The travel team is refreshed and ready for adventure.

After depositing us in Saint Joe at the posted time, the Pere Marquette continues its run to Grand Rapids.

After depositing us in Saint Joe at the posted time, the Pere Marquette continues its run to Grand Rapids.

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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