I snapped the above photo yesterday when I was visiting a niece in Sheldon, NY. Beautiful countryside...farmland and rolling hills. But if you look closely in the photo (click to enlarge it) you can see that the landscape is dotted with wind turbines. It's somewhat disconcerting the first time you see them, but it was also nice to see them. I'm sure there are some (many, probably) that would disagree with me, but in their own sort of space-age way they seemed elegant...graceful (up close they are enormous...towering at nearly 300ft/91m. We've got to do something besides rely on gas and coal for fuel, right? And some say this is the cleanest form of energy (besides that produced by the human body, of course). I wish I could have one in my back yard to power my house. And yes...I did drive my truck there...50miles/80k each way is a tad too far on the Mundo. I'll ride my bike(s) or walk for the rest of the week (I promise).
Mr. C....I love taking the train, it's my favorite long distance transport (so civilized)...but the infrastructure (if you want to call it that) here in the US sucks. It's good if you want to go cross-state or cross country, but to go just 50 or 80K it is really non existent. It only runs between major cities. The good o' U.S of A. was built with the automobile in mind. If it is under a couple hundred miles people drive, over that they fly. Here's a link to a map of the Amtrak rail service.