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05 January 2008 @ 10:48 pm
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles  
Somewhere in Arkansas... The train rumbles and rocks through the night. Next stop, Little Rock.

It is hot as hell in my sleeper room. The woman explains that its winter time. It'd be silly to have to AC turned up. I explained that we were in Texas. She wins. I sweat.

Dinner service was nice. Salad, bread, flat iron steak, baked potato, raspberry white chocolate cheesecake - complementary for passengers in sleeper cars and unexpectedly good for travel food.

We boarded the train about 7 hours ago. Only 48 more to Boston.



One hour in STL at 0830. Apparently not at Union Station.

Six hour layover in downtown Chicago tomorrow night. At Union Station. Possibilities abound.


EDIT:

0929 Sunday - Alton, IL

I miss my family.

A decent sleep was nothing more than a tease last night. I kept waking up just in time to catch myself against the wall as the train rolled to one side or the other. Turbulence on the rails.

Breakfast in the dining car - coffee and omelet with a view of the Gateway Arch. It went a long way towards making up for the mostly sleepless night - and the coffee has given me enough energy to nap.
 
 
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Pay Attention, You Might Miss Somethingjesskd26 on January 6th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that it's so hot in there! Sheesh...it's like 70 degrees outside. I guess most people don't like the air on 68 when they sleep like we do :)

Dinner sounds nice. Now I am hankering for a steak. Thanks!

I love and miss you.

Only 6 more days!
drax0r: Texasdrax0r on January 6th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd have been fine if I could have opened a window. At some point it cooled down enough that I needed a sheet thrown over me. Now... hot again.
ehowtonehowton on January 6th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that it's so hot in there! Sheesh...it's like 70 degrees outside. I guess most people don't like the air on 68 when they sleep like we do :)

Dinner sounds nice. Now I am hankering for a steak. Thanks!

I love and miss you.

Only 6 more days!
Pay Attention, You Might Miss Somethingjesskd26 on January 6th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
You may be the HLM, but I'm THE WIFE.

ehowtonehowton on January 6th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
If cut, do I not bleed?
drax0r: Deadwood - Al Swearengendrax0r on January 6th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd have been fine if I could have opened a window. At some point it cooled down enough that I needed a sheet thrown over me. Now... hot again.
ehowton: Dallas Pegasusehowton on January 6th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Remember that poor bastard who had the unfortunate luck at Wal-Mart to tell me all the fans had been removed from the shelves as the season was over...on the hottest day of the year?
drax0r: End of the Worlddrax0r on January 6th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Poor bastard. If it weren't the middle of winter I'd be tempted to try to find a fan in Chicago.
catttitude: catttitudecatttitude on January 6th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
You tell them Jess.
If you need anything leave me a voice mail and I will call you back.
Had fun last night. Have you had any of your tequila rose yet?
Me: Smile & Scotchphotogoot on January 6th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I would gladly trade places with you sir! I love riding the rails especially when there is a sleeper car involved. The motion and sounds experienced as a train moves through the night is one of my favorite ways to sleep. However, one more thing I know first hand about long train trips... With each passing hour the on-board funk grows. Good luck and safe travels!
ehowton: Contractorehowton on January 6th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
You leave the Pennsylvania Station 'bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore
Dinner in the diner
Nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham an' eggs in Carolina
drax0rdrax0r on January 6th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep hearing about how the train just rocks people to sleep. Me? Not so much. I got jostled awake far more than I got rocked to sleep.

I think my problem is that of the inverse pendulum - small motion at the bottom of the train = big motion on top. I think I'll try sleeping in the bottom half of the sleeper tonight.

And yes, I'm already beginning to detect the train funk.
ehowton: Contractorehowton on January 6th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
In Europe we traveled by rail a lot. Sitting in a train always aroused me.
drax0r: Hahaha.  No.drax0r on January 6th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
TMI dude.
ehowton: Contractorehowton on January 6th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I thought you were napping?
drax0rdrax0r on January 6th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Working on it.
ehowton: Eric STLehowton on January 6th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Don't get murdered your hour in STL.
drax0r: Doc Martin'sdrax0r on January 6th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I survived STL. We just passed through Alton, IL. Next stop: Carlinville.
ehowton: Polo Shoesehowton on January 6th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
If nothing else, I'm thankful that you're a captive audience so to speak - with nothing more to pass your miserable existence on that train besides lj.

I'll take what I can get.
drax0r: LJ - All your friendsdrax0r on January 6th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
othing more to pass your miserable existence on that train besides lj.

See update. Nap.
ehowton: Skoalehowton on January 6th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Safe travels.
galinda822 on January 6th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hey! What's up with that? You lived here for almost two years and you're still breathing! :)
ehowton: Eric BDUehowton on January 6th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Ever vigilant.
galinda822 on January 6th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm still breathing! I must be vigilant too.

irulan_amy on January 7th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Traveling by train has always seemed somewhat exotic to me - I guess because I've never traveled that way? It would be an adventure. :)
drax0r: Dallas Skylinedrax0r on January 7th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
It's actually pretty cool. It takes a while to get where you're going, but its pretty relaxing and you can get a lot of reading done, watch movies and, if you're lucky (and I am) surf the web as the cellular data system allows.

I recommend it if you're not in a hurry to get there.

The train I took from Dallas to Chicago actually originated in LA.
irulan_amy on January 7th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Whenever I make to Europe, I hope to do traveling by train. Or maybe in Alaska. It sounds relaxing. :)
catttitudecatttitude on January 7th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
I miss second most in STL is "Garlic is King"
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