When I saw that Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt this week was all about trains, I was reminded of a post I wrote almost a decade ago on my old, now defunct blog. I thought it would be a great fit for a post about trains. So, thank you, Paula, for inspiring me to dig deep into my archives and to resurrect this old post.
I am writing this post on an Amtrak train, the California Zephyr, headed for Chicago from San Francisco. From there I will board another Amtrak train headed to Boston. I decided that, since I have to make this cross-country trip, I would make it an adventure. Rather than flying or driving across the country, I am taking the train.
So far, it’s been a good decision. It’s relaxing and comfortable and scenic. The train passed through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and just left Reno on its way to Salt Lake City and then to Denver before we hit the plains states.
I even have my own “roomette” where I can actually sleep in a fully horizontal position. How well I will actually be able to sleep I don’t know, but I’m sure by tomorrow night, exhaustion will kick in.
This is only the first day of a four-day cross-country train adventure. I wonder how I’ll feel when I look back upon this mini-adventure four days from now.
My return trip to San Francisco will not be so pleasant I’m afraid. I will be driving a rental truck filled with stuff we left in storage when we moved last summer from a big old Victorian home in Massachusetts to a small, urban condo in San Francisco.
And I’m going to try to make that cross-country drive in the rental truck in five days. So next week I probably won’t be online very much, if at all. And I definitely won’t be as relaxed or comfortable as I am right now.
Sadly, there is no WiFi on this train. What is this, the Middle Ages? Fortunately, I do have a 4G WiFi hotspot device with me that does give me internet access, but it’s spotty.
The train is continuously moving through cell zones and sometimes access is great, at other times it’s barely there or is not there at all. So I’m going to post this while I have enough of a signal to get through.