We have played between 40 and 50 Settlers games on this trip already. Mike Lambright has sewn up the Settlers’ title, garnering 13 wins. My nine is good for — oops. “Your majesty,” they said. “there is no second place.”
Schnicklefritz is a relatively new game, much like a two-on-two checkers match. I play Watson to Calvin’s Sherlock Holmes and we stay undefeated on this jaunt, winning all six of our games.
Another train traveler, also named Mike, joins us for some chess. The man plays above our level and wins every time, except once. Sherlock pulls a quick four-move checkmate on him. Mike is not satisfied until he has played Calvin again and settled the score.
Our train runs behind schedule and we are hours late getting in Chicago. Amtrak feeds us a complimentary supper on the train.
Upon arriving in the Windy city, instead of having a three-hour layover, our eastbound train is ready for us. We board that one directly and are soon on the last leg of our excursion.
We are going home.
Loren Beachy is an auctioneer and elementary school teacher. He can be contacted by writing to 14047 S.R. 4, Goshen, IN 46528 or calling 574-642-1180.