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  1. Sort of a moot point but last time I was in Seattle, I had Amtrak store my bags overnight as I did not want to schlep it around town the day around town the day before. I had small bag just for my one night stay in the city. I was charged $25 for over night storage. Should I have been charged since I was traveling first class the next day? I will be returning to Seattle this summer. Doubt I will be going with the same plan but you never know.
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    Zephyr to Reno

    I made the mistake of thinking the trail ended at the highway. I think I should have made a left over the bridge just before you got to the highway. That incident was one of the several reason I finally broke down and got a smart phone. If I had a smart phone I could have seen the path on the map. Similar issue in Chicago finding a decent place to eat along the lake. I finally went into town to Panerra (and the crowds! ). Later I returned to the lake fpr more riding and found a nice little cafe in a marina not more than a mile or two from town.
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    Zephyr to Reno

    Old Sacramento is an OK walk I guess. Kind of fake though. I do like the river boat hotel. Kind of cool. Wish I had known it was there before I came to town. Would have been different staying there. The path along the river is very pretty but kind of depressing with all of the homeless. I was on my bicycle. Just kept moving. I noticed some cash, just a few bucks, on the trail. Thinking it could have been a set up, I kept moving. Wasn't worth stopping anyway. Saw some homeless guy on the trail and clued him in. Hopefully that made his day.
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    Zephyr to Reno

    Nothing says you still can't stop in Reno for a couple of days. As for Sacramento, I could easily spend a full day at the train museum.
  5. spinnaker

    Zephyr to Reno

    Why stop at Reno? Go all the way to Sacramento. You are really ar emissing out on the second best part of the trip getting off in Reno.
  6. NONE of them look appetizing to me. The pork shanks look like vomit. The portions don't look large enough to feed a bird. I will probably need to grab something before I get onboard the CL.
  7. And I guess you still made Glacier in the day? If so that would be a bonus (except for getting to the destination late). You would be stuck in SPK at night and likely sleeping anyway. The people I feel sorry for in those long delays are the ones in coach.
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    Empire Builder Questions

    I sit there and wonder how long it takes the rancher to get from his house all the way to the other side of his property.
  9. Say the east bound Portland EB train is very late leaving Portland or simply can't leave at all due to mechanical or track issues? What happens to the Seattle train? Does it still leave Spokane without a SSL?
  10. spinnaker

    Empire Builder Questions

    Last trip I had plenty of daylight pretty much all the way to Levanworth from Seattle. My trip was in September and as I recall left at least a half hour late. .
  11. Thanks for the tip on the bike path. I wanted to go to Boring anyway, if only for the photo op. Thanks for the comments on time of Max vs just riding.
  12. My plan is to get off of Max right before the bridge. Then go for a ride on the bike path down by the Willamette if I need to waste some time. But I would rather do that closer to Portland. Hopefully the timing will be right and I will grab lunch somewhere outside the city. Might be easier than inside the side where I would need to worry about bike security when grabbing lunch.
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    Empire Builder Questions

    Going east is the way to go. You go through Glacier during the day that way. But your two trips don't really match up. What about PDX-SPK-SEA-CHI? That why you get the best if everything. I only rode once SEA to CHI. I will be returning this year but riding the gorge on my bike then up over Mt Hood back to PDX. Catch the train to Olympia. So I will get to see the best part of the gorge but on a bicycle. Something still tells me that by train on the EB the leaving from SEA is the better of the two. With the SEA route you get the Puget Sound and the Cascades. The opening scenes of The Shining was filmed in the gorge. The outside scenes of the hotel was the Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood. The Price of Wales in the Glacier Park area has the same feel to it. https://www.glacierparkcollection.com/lodging/prince-of-wales-hotel/ Way up in Alberta though. The hotel at Many Glacier is pretty close. Edit: so sorry you want to head east on the EB. My dyslexia strikes again. Corrected above.
  14. I am with you. If there is one think you should not make cake out of and that is cheese. Chocolate is the way to go!
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