Author Topic: East to West  (Read 12996 times)

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Offline wildandcrazy

Re: East to West
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2009, 11:03:03 pm »
We've taken Amtrak on long distance trips several times.  Chicago to Portland.  Chicago to New Orleans.  Toledo to Washington, DC.  We have never taken our bikes, but we've enjoyed every trip.  If you are in to adventure, go by train.  There are people to talk to and there is country to see.  If you are a loner who tours for the solitude, and can't sit still for an hour, or someone who must live by a strict schedule, you won't like Amtrak.  If you are gregarious person who tours so you can meet people and see things, Amtrak may be part of the adventure.  You have the choice of sitting in something like a straight jacket for a few hours, staring at the back of the seat in front of you, or spending a few days in an easy chair looking at the countryside, that is, when you are not up walking around meeting people or enjoying a meal.  A lot of people are whiners when it comes to trains.  I guess I'm a whiner when it comes to air travel.  To each his own. 

Offline Westinghouse

Re: East to West
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2009, 01:56:52 am »
I took Amtrak once after a bike tour of some New England states. I went from Penn Station in NYC to West Palm Beach, Florida. It was not bad at all. The extra charge for the bike was quite reasonable. The ticket was reasonable too.


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Re: East to West
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2009, 01:16:07 am »
It the Chicago to New Orleans,its good if they have already taken a St Louis Road trip, so we've seen the arch. I think we're going to bypass St Louis and take 57 through IL instead. I've wanted to see Southern IL since I moved to this state.

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Offline litespeed

Re: East to West
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2009, 10:57:10 am »
If I were you I wouldn't hesitate to leave your home and head west. I have crossed the northern part of the US a couple of times. Headwinds were never a bad problem. In fact the toughest headwinds I have faced in my travels were going eastward across Colorado and Kansas and westward across the Texas panhandle. I recall steady but not too strong headwinds going westward across Michigan. However, you will probably hit headwinds along the rivers as you approach the west coast.