There is significant ridership CHI to DEN - particularly in the sleeper cars.
In DEN a lot of people get off, both sleeper and coach. More getting off than getting on I think.
I book the CZ from Ottumwa (OTM) to Denver (DEN) in coach and then have a Roomette booked from Denver to Sacramento (SAC), all on the same multi-city ticket.
I book a room in Sacramento and the next morning have a Capitol Corridor and booked from SAC to Fisherman's Wharf.
That gives me about 5 hours to play tourist until the Amtrak Thruway bus/Capitol Corridor return.
On the return I'll get off in Davis and have dinner at the Mexican restaurant across the street from the Davis Amtrak station before catching the next appropriate Capitol Corridor train back to SAC.
On the way back to OTM I again book a Roomette from SAC to DEN and then coach DEN to OTM.
Use Amsnag (http://www.biketrain...snag/amSnag.php) to check pricing on the dates you want to travel.
Edited by KmH, 12 July 2017 - 12:58 PM.
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. . . . Amtrak miles - 16,383, so far. 7,320 more miles booked OTM - OKJ - EMY - OTM March 2018.