One forgets just how big the USA is until you go coast to coast in one trip on Amtrak.
I left San Francisco at 8:20 AM on Sunday morning and arrived at South Station Wednesday evening at 7 PM.
The first day of the trip was enjoyable as the train went thru the Sierra Nevada mountain range on a perfect day and a California railroad museum had a narrator between Sacremento and Reno.
Then a long trip thru the Nevada desert as the train was forced to travel no faster than 30 because of track work being done by the Union Pacific. Monday brought Utah and Western Colorado on another perfect day but we were running 5 hours late.
Tuesday we awoke in Omaha and then spent the rest of the day traveling through Iowa and Illinois arriving in Chicago at 7:35 PM giving me 20 minutes to make the Boston train.
Wednesday at 7 AM we were forced to leave the train in Buffalo and take a shuttle bus to Albany as the tracks were closed because of a major accident near Syracuse. Trust me riding a bus after being on a train for 3 days is not fun.
My bags decided to stay in Chicago and hopefully will arrive today…..
Still I would highly recommend that everybody do the cross country trip ONCE….