I officially now have some street cred as a railman!! I just boarded 421 headed all the way to Los Angeles from Texas!! This trip was kind of impromptu. I will be taking the one I’ve been planning later. As a kid my family traveled Amtrak all the time. As an adult I always had to fly due to my job. I did manage to get a few short trips in over the years. I am now semi retired and ready for Amtrak. I decided to get a roomette after researching and realized because I’m a stocky guy the roomette is best. I am so glad I did!! I love it. It’s just the right size. The attendant is very nice!! She took my dinner reservation as I was boarding. The larger bathroom and shower are just a few steps away!! I am shocked that the train arrive just a few minutes late. I’m even more shocked that the speedometer app on my phone says we are traveling at 80 MPH!! This train is moving!!! There is not much rocking!! Oh yea I have 4 bars on my Verizon LTE. I’m sure that wont be always but so far so good. 8:02 PM - I just had dinner with 2 guys who were awesome dinner company. They travel Amtrak frequently and currently on a cross-country trip!!. They had not heard of this Amtrak site and immediately want to join!! When I told them about the upcoming gathering one of them was very interested. Also, they mentioned the Burrito Lady and said thats one of things they look forward to. Here are some pics of my dinner and folks enjoying the dining car.