I have enjoyed several day trips on Amtrak, and now I have just booked my first overnight trip. We’re in a roomette on the CONO all the way from Chicago to New Orleans. I’m very excited about the trip. January may not be the ideal time for this journey, but we’re cruising out of New Orleans and the idea of combining a train ride and a cruise is very attractive. There are a couple things I would welcome any comment on: #1 I did some research on this route, and the main complaint is about track conditions south of Memphis. How bad can it be? #2 I have always carried on my bags and never had a problem. On this trip, however, I have the option to check bags. At this point, I’m not sure which way to go. From a roomette, it is nice to be able to go downstairs to access the bags. On this trip, however, my wife and I will both have two large bags. It would be nice to just check them and not have to deal with lugging them on and off.