I watched an amateur video today from CHI to NOL. As I checked the schedule it occurred to me that northbound catches most of what southbound misses and vice versa; the exception being central IL, which TE gets both ways. I know the schedule doesn't always work. I was once on a CZ that was so many hours late I saw most of Utah in daylight. I had driven through most of the US in my youth, but never Utah; I had no idea how beautiful that state is! I was so grateful the train was that late. I'm thankful that I can accommodate Amtrak's scheduling squireliness. Retirement, most of the time, is wonderful. I'd like to get some feedback about roundtrip NOL-CHI or anyone who's done both. I'm NOT concerned about the food. Being on a special diet, I usually bring my own even though I book a sleeper.