The reason for no sleeper on the first leg is partly money (never enough) and partly I think I will be excited enough for my first Amtrak ride that I will be awake most of the night watching the scenery! On the trip back I am sure we will be wiped out and need the sleeper after 2 nights in the French Quarter and our 2 days of bowling in Baton Rouge in the USBC National Tourney.
Just for the record, the CONO usually has pretty good OTP.
New Orleans has some really dangerous areas. I wandered in one of those last time I visited, and you can bet that gave me a spook!
Amtrak expierimented with combining the Diner and Sightseer Lounge (SSL) for the CONO into the Cross County Cafe (CCC). After passengers and crew in the CCC were overwhelmed with crowding, Amtrak put the SSL back in and they are now coonverting CCCs into a new configuration as a regular dine. Even onconverted CCCs now offer full dining service.
Wonder why you didn't book a Sleeper for CHI-NOL?
Another question...how late are the snack and the bar car open? I am sure my buddy and I will want to be enjoying a few adult beverages on the way down! We will be sure to have some of our own snacks, but just wondering how late we will be able to enjoy a few beers.
You are going to "Red Stick" for Nationals? KEWL!
Taking the train to NO is the only way to go. You'll have a blast there....got your room already? I use the Holiday Inn French Quarter-Chateau Lemoyne, it is handy to stuff and not too noisy. Just a walk to anywhere and reasonably priced.
I won't make it to Nationals this year, my partner had surgery, and our team had one pass away this year, so we would be needing two replacements and I would need a doubles partner, so we are not going this year. My doubles partner's daughter is on the La. Tech Women's Bowling team, a senior this year, she has bowled all four years on a full ride scholarship. Thye had a tourney in Arlington, Tx. last month at the Hall of Fame and Museunm. I got to see the second 300 I've ever seen....a college girl from Vanderbilt did it there, every shot was a pocket hit!
Yep, heading to Red Stick for some more bowling misery. This will be my 20th Nationals. Always enjoy going...wherever the tourney is. We have 6 teams that bowl the same weekend, so it's just as much a guys vacation as bowling!
We are staying at a Super 8 in Metare...we just happen to bowl the weekend of the NCAA Basketball Final Four, so the hotel prices downtown and the French Quarter are expensive!
Where in TX do you call home? Been down there a few times. Did my AF basic at San Antonio and some temp duty in Fort Worth. Also traveled through a couple of times and of course bowled Corpus Christi.
Too bad you are going to miss this the Open this year, also wish you luck in getting back next year.
In the DFW area. We always do the Oil Capital Open in Tulsa, and the SW, but do the OC only when it is close. We came in 10th one year (way back) in Texas State Tourney in doubles @ Corpus, so that is still a special place, and I have a half brother in Rockport, across the bat from Corpus.
Good luck and Good Bowling!