California, Here We Come!

We left Omaha in the middle of the night, boarding the California Zephyr a few hours later than expected. Previous hesitations over dropping the extra dough for a sleeper car quickly dissolved into gratefulness for our foresight. Our train attendant, Linda, had already turned down the beds in our “Roomette” so [Read More…]

Catching the Midnight Train :: Nebraska to California

Our weekend stay in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with warmshowers.org host, Tod, was wonderful. We had time to take in some of the local sights, like the 24th Street bridge sculptures by Albert Paley, and downtown Omaha’s Heartland of America park. On Sunday we rode our bicycles into Nebraska, a short ride from Tod’s [Read More…]

Westward bound on the Amtrak

The last few weeks we’ve used the fast-forward method of travel, hopping on the Amtrak to escape the freezing rain and snow of the Northeast and to put us closer to where we would have been if we had left in April instead of October. With plenty of friends and family to visit in the midwest, we took the 13 hour Lake Shore Limited overnight train ride [Read More…]

Almost 'All Aboard!'

Bike Car

Following a full day of work improving the facade of our house, I put my papa Hans on the train this morning bound for his home in southern Vermont. The once daily train service, Amtrak’s “Vermonter” – which originates in the sleepy northern Vermont hamlet of St. Albans and continues south all the way to Washington, D.C. – departs the Essex Junction train stop at 9:00a.m. and shuttles south [Read More…]