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#41 AmtrakBlue

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 07:07 PM

 

From Hampton Inn Elizabethtown KY (where it's raining cats and dogs and I'm not looking forward to the drive home to Chicago)--

In viewof that I know both Mr. Bowen and his Father face to face, I must respect their position that two 200+lbs men can do a Roomette. They are far more avid than I. On this trip enroute back from Atlanta (driving it straight through was college stuff), a CHI-30-WAS-19-ATL routing was simply "not in my deck of cards" (flying was, but with change of plans I CX'd and took the $200 "hit").

But volks, Mr/s. Savannah are first timers, and this arduous three night journey, especially considering that SAV-CLT-DFW flight time is about six hours, there is just too much chance these first timers will be never agains.

 

 

 

From Hampton Inn Elizabethtown KY (where it's raining cats and dogs and I'm not looking forward to the drive home to Chicago)--

In viewof that I know both Mr. Bowen and his Father face to face, I must respect their position that two 200+lbs men can do a Roomette. They are far more avid than I. On this trip enroute back from Atlanta (driving it straight through was college stuff), a CHI-30-WAS-19-ATL routing was simply "not in my deck of cards" (flying was, but with change of plans I CX'd and took the $200 "hit").

But volks, Mr/s. Savannah are first timers, and this arduous three night journey, especially considering that SAV-CLT-DFW flight time is about six hours, there is just too much chance these first timers will be never agains.

But if they don’t try now, they may never try again.


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We've never tried before. My dad is a senior citizen, and we're both sub 160 lbs, so I don't think the roomette will be an issue.

 

Even if we never try again, we have always wanted to do it at least once. Since my dad has a fear of flying, and we've ridden Greyhound crosscountry from Savannah to San Diego before, we decided to try Amtrak this time.

 

If you've done cross-country bus, you'll love Amtrak.  ;)   I've never done Greyhound, just "short" charter buses, but the way people on here talk about the buses vs trains, I figure you'll love the train.  The great thing about the train, vs bus or plane, is you can get up and walk around whenever you feel like it.  



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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:52 PM

You’ll be absolutely fine.
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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:19 AM

 

If you've done cross-country bus, you'll love Amtrak.  ;)   I've never done Greyhound, just "short" charter buses, but the way people on here talk about the buses vs trains, I figure you'll love the train.  The great thing about the train, vs bus or plane, is you can get up and walk around whenever you feel like it.

 

I second that! I did cross-country bus as a young adult, and swore "never again." On the other hand, I did cross-country train as a young adult, and couldn't wait to get back to it. Hub and I did it once in coach, then tried roomette for part of the next trip. Once I discovered how NICE it is to be rocked to sleep on a flat surface (i.e. roomette bed), I never looked back. Can't say how many times I've done it now, but the "big trip" was a three-week round-the-country tour with only a couple of short DAYTIME segments by bus.

 

Now a Senior Citizen, I am taking my umpteenth cross-country trip this winter. I am not a "foamer" (train enthusiast), but I think it is a truly civilized way to travel! There is nothing like sipping a cup of tea at a real table as you watch the scenery roll by, then strolling to the diner for a meal with more scenery, then sleeping on a relatively comfy flat surface in a private compartment (and more scenery as soon as it's light out).

 

As long as one of you is agile enough to climb into a top bunk, you will have a wonderful time, and I predict you will be back for more.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:59 AM

Lounge is certainly a plus on SL trains, but the ability to look out of a window at night in the upper of a VL is pretty nice



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:58 AM

Mr. AmtrakBlue, by short I hope you mean twenty miles or less. During this past August, I did a tour from Salzburg to Hitler's Eagles Nest at Bechtersgarten.

The tour operator had intercity MAN busses, which our bus freaks around here will likely say are the best out there. I met some great people including a Russian girl who was there to help me around @ 2500m of altitude.

But 40km in each direction was quite enough.

Finally, when the tour company is done with those busses, pity the one who buys them used.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 11:05 AM

 I've never done Greyhound, just "short" charter buses....  

Mr. Blue, by short I hope you mean twenty miles or less. Last year I did a tour from Salzburg to Hitler's Eagles Nest at Bechtersgarten.

The tour operator had intercity MAN busses, which our bus freaks around here will likely say are the best out there. I met some great people including a Russian girl who was there to help me around @ 2500m of altitude.

But 40km in each direction was quite enough.

Finally, when the tour company is done with those busses, pity the one who buys them used.
Ms Norman, I’m sorry to hear you have such low comfort tolerance. I do quite fine on long distance.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:39 PM

Mlle Norman, certainly you are not so self centered as to realize that other people have different tolerances and that not everyone shares your delicate sensibilities and can handle the horror of riding in a roomette, or in coach, or G-d forbid, a bus!
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:20 PM

Messrs. Blue and Ryan, of course I'm aware that many others are more willing to rough it to get somewhere than am I. It's just simple: any travel at age 76 I do is discretionary, and if there is no dough to go as I want, then it's simply no go.

Oh just in case one wonders, I did go to Fredericksburg VA last weekend and flew in "the Gulag" to Richmond (rent beyond). It was fine as the aircraft both ways were Embraer-145's with single seating on one side. I had a seat way aft in both directions which made for great flightseeing (EconoPlus was amidship over the wings - no views).

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:21 PM

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:58 PM

GBNorman, please stop calling me MR. Blue.  My "name" is AmtrakBlue.  And as you can see under my avatar I am a female. 

 

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:02 PM

Messrs. Blue and Ryan, of course I'm aware that many others are more willing to rough it to get somewhere than am I. It's just simple: any travel at age 76 I do is discretionary, and if there is no dough to go as I want, then it's simply no go.

That's well and good - go if you want, stay home if you want.  But you don't need to make negative comments about accommodations, be they on a train, plane or bus that imply no one should use those accommodations or that no one can possibly like those accommodations. 



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:47 AM

Yes Ms. Blue, now that I am viewing the site at my desktop computer and can review your profile more readily, I do note you have chosen to share your gender. From a phone, it was difficult to make out that avatar you choose to use and unless a user chooses to select "full site" mode on a phone, gender and location of a Member are not reported.

 

Within your immediate posting you imply that my thought  a Roomette is a single person accommodation unless one is prepared to sacrifice creature comforts (I used the term "bivouac") is negative simply contradicts your "well and good" thought. Neither of us know face to face Mr/s Savannah as I do Mr. Bowen and his Father.  Both are Navy veterans and can accept living within tight quarters. Mr/s Savannah may or may not accept the tight quarters represented by a double occupancy Roomette, but our discussion here will hopefully enable them to make the choice.

 

Finally, I'm certain all of us here are governed by a very finite intangible - $$$$$. Those who choose to compromise travel conditions away from that found at home will be able to travel further than one such as myself who values my creature comforts over distance traveled.  With that point having been said, how say we call a truce.



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:52 AM

I think the guest's question was answered, and then some.




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