The Adventures of Brian Cray
A Year of Freight Hopping
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The book covering my train hopping adventures is now COMPLETE! I am in the process of editing it down to about 90,000 to 1000,000 words since I do not have the money for an editor. This may take a few more years for me to publish it between my travels. It will be available FREE for download. I may try to print copies myself and sell them directly on the blog for those that want a hardcopy.
Freight Hopping Back Across America
Short stories of my freight hopping adventures
- Two Train Kids and a Pooch
- Come on Down to Cleveland Town
- Into the Deep Blue
- Back on the Road Again
Freight Hopping Buffalo to Chicago
We rode from CSX Yard off of Broadway St. in Buffalo, NY to Cleveland, OH, avoiding the police because of Rooster’s warrant. Then we hopped out on a piggyback late at night riding freight into good ole Chicago, IL.
Freight Hopping Along the Mississippi River
After taking a Metra from Chicago, IL to Kenosha, WI we spent the next ten days walking and hitchhiking to finally end up in Portage, WI where we caught a train to St. Paul, MN. I walked 15 miles through Battle Creek Park past the Pig’s Eye Yard and met back up with Rooster at the Minnie Hop out where we met Rabbit Ear and Seed.
Freight Hopping the Hi-Line Part I and II
We rode the hi-line from Minneapolis to Havre, MT where I disbanded with Rooster and Nakita so he could party with an ex-train rider, CC Rider. I hopped outta Havre on my birthday riding about 800 miles all the way through Wenatchee National Forest and the 12.8 mile tunnel where I breathed in diesel fumes for a good 30 minutes, ending up along the Pacific Coast just south of Everett in Edmonds, WA.
Freight Hopping Portland to Eugene, OR
After meeting up with NoGood and Jellie in Tacoma, WA for a few days of catching up with old BitTorrent friends, from TrackeReactor, he dropped me off in Portland where I caught a gondola to Eugene.
Freight Hopping Klamath Falls to Lathrop, CA
This was my last ride of the year from Klamath Falls to Lathrop, CA. Two people got pulled off on a grainer in Redding on my train, just two cars ahead of me. I went back to the unit to grab water. When I came back she aired up. I ran across an oil tanker while she rolled along I hopped back up on my grainer just feet from police and sailed away, without getting arrested.