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Traveling by Train; Possibilities
After my trip to Tennessee I think I'll go for a trip by train. I hear those are nice, but I've never had the time to take one before. Start in one city, travel to another, spend a week or so there, then travel to another one. This would be great for seeing more of the east coast.

Washington DC will be an obvious choice. If I can get accommodations in NYC I may try for there as well. Otherwise I'm thinking Cincinnati, Chicago and/or Atlanta (depending on when the GameHavoc gatherings get scheduled), perhaps stop in New Orleans for a couple of days to visit the other half of the family, and maybe end in Tucson?

It's a possibility.

I could probably pack up all my stuff into storage or loan it out. That way I wouldn't have to pay for rent while I'm at it.

I'm liking this idea more and more. Mmm...

Current Mood: curious curious
Current Music: "This Is Home" by "Switchfoot" (Pandora)

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legolastn From: legolastn Date: February 16th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been on short trips by train, but never "traveled" by train. I think it would be grand.

I don't know what you're looking for in terms of accommodations, perhaps couch surfing, but if you're considering paid accommodations we stayed at the Portland Square Hotel in NYC when the sociology conference was there and loved it. It's clean, right off the main strip, and offers a very good price for NYC. I suppose hostels might be another affordable option.

I have a good friend in Chicago I could connect you with who would probably be able to offer you a place to stay near Boys Town.

Boston's another great east coast destination and I have co-housing connections there if you're interested (of course, cohousing guest rooms might be a good option to look into regardless - you can often stay for free or relatively cheap).

Surprisingly I'm not sure I know of anyone in Atlanta, hmmm...
sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: February 17th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I've taken the "Coast Starlight" (I think that's what it's called) from Portland to Santa Barbara a few times and they were among the best trips I've ever taken. A train trip almost completely removes you from time; it just ceases to hold sway.
It's nothing like a long bus ride, probably due to it's being more expensive, and so, filtering out some of what can make some bus rides a moving hell.

You're in a situation with other folks who you'll probably never see again, so nearly everyone is at least friendly if not completely outgoing.
The trips I've taken took a little more than a night and a day so I went coach as it's more affordable. If you go for a longer trip, consider getting a sleeper; more expensive, but I've been told it's the way to go if you're going to be on the train for more than a couple days. The coach also tended to get cold at night, so bring a blanket if you go that route.

Edited at 2010-02-17 02:42 am (UTC)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 17th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep that in mind, thanks. :-)

I've been on a long distance bus ride once. It was from Baton Rouge, LA to Phoenix, AZ. I didn't have a problem with the passengers so it only got tiring after the first 18 or so hours. That was mainly because I couldn't get up and move around much, although I do expect that to different on a train.

I'm looking forward to the concept of releasing the sway of time. Already I'm feeling less rushed, less stressed, just getting things done for myself.
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