Just a few disjointed anecdotes about the train... Walking on the train is, I imagine, like walking on a ship at sea: it takes a while to get your legs. You have to be quick on your feet in case the floor decides to move, and keeping an arm or two out is a good … Continue reading Amtrekking, Day 2: Fort Madison, Iowa
This morning, I ate breakfast with Willie Nelson. Willie sat to my left, with Nelson across from him. We had just left Kansas City and started making our way across the state of Missouri (which, by the way, is fucking beautiful). Willie is my "seatmate," and I could not have asked for a kinder or … Continue reading Amtrekking, Day 2: La Plata, Missouri
Okay, I'll be honest. Even though I love traveling by train, sleeping in coach isn't always the easiest thing to do. That's why I know I'm in Kansas. With any luck, I will be able to fall asleep soon, and when I wake up, I won't be in Kansas anymore.
Some Amtrak trains have WiFi, but apparently not this one. Mixed blessing, really; no temptation to waste time online, but a pain in the ass when I need the internet for something, like blogging. So far my phone has saved me in that regard...when it can get anything resembling a signal. Anyway, we've passed through … Continue reading Amtrekking, Day 1: Trinidad, CO
The train left Flagstaff at maybe six in the morning. It's about 2 pm now. I've only had a few hours of sleep, largely because my personal paranoia about faulty alarm clocks, convenient snooze buttons and general laziness didn't allow me to sleep until I was safely on my way. As a result, I slept … Continue reading Amtrekking, Day 1: Somewhere Between Albuquerque and Raton