The Journey Starts
September 7-8, 2008
I wake up around 6, shave, shower, have a little breakfast,
and close up my luggage. My backpack is very heavy, at least parents think so,
who meet me and take the subway ride with me to
for F train.† From my train station, I
can see the top hill of the Cyclone rollercoaster in
I arrive at Penn Station at .† Years previously when I had to exchange my
tickets (remember, I was supposed to leave yesterday) for new ones, I waited in
the line like everyone else.† What I
didnít know, I could also do it at the Acela Lounge,
since I am traveling first class, which I did this time.† With my tickets exchanged, I sat down and
waited the less then two hours for the train.†
I had some soda and a cinnamon bun.†
The train should leave .† The train is put together in Amtrakís
Sunnyside Yard in
While waiting, I hear other people talking to the red caps about the canceled train yesterday.† Everyone was pretty anxious about getting on this train.† Yesterday, Amtrakís website indicated this train was full.† That doesnít mean that everyone would board at Penn, but at one point or another, the train would be full.
At , they make an announcement, due to mechanical issues with the locomotive, there will be a delay.† The redcap isnít too happy about this.† He says something like due to the hurricane; they may not have extra equipment available.† I just hope the delay isnít long.
At , problem resolved, train is leaving the yard heading towards Penn Station.
A couple of minutes before coach are notified, we first class people are told the gate and we get in line to go down the escalator.† Some people rush to get into the line first, but with reserved seating, why rush?† The train (I hope) wonít leave without us.
Now this I donít understand?† Before getting on the escalator going down, you need to show your train ticket.† Why people fumble for it the last moment, I donít understand, as I have my ticket ready for inspection.
When I get down to the train platform, I ask for train 91, and they point me to that train. †I am in car 9110.† There is a LED display on the train, but doesnít say 9110.† They programmed the wrong number on it. I point that out to my car attendant and tells me, donít worry, this is the right train.† It is times like this; I remember that Honeymooner episode that Ralph and Ed get on the wrong train.† But this one is the right train.† I keep my luggage with me on the train since I have the whole room to myself. I place the luggage on the other seat.† Needless to say, I will be sleeping in the upper bunk.
At 11, I feel the train starting to move.† We make it out to daylight, about 34 and 10th ave, and stop, to let an Acela go first.† The room opposite mine is a young mother traveling with her daughter, maybe 4 or 5 years old.† The car attendant introduces herself to both of us and discuss dinning options, we both decide to eat in our room, which was not a issue for her.† Anyone who ever traveled about Amtrak, when eating in the dinning car, they will sit you with other people. I rather eat in my room, I can relax more. As the other times, I am in the right side again.
Barely 20 minutes after we first leave Penn Station, we are in
On previous trips, I used a mapping software with a GPS
module connected to my laptop to show me where I am, and how fast I am going,
This trip I took my Magellan GPS unit, which is a good thing, since I am having
software issues on my laptop, and I didnít have enough time to get my new hard
drive fully loaded in time for my trip.†
According to my GPS, we are traveling 105 mph, which is normal for
12:30, we are in
, we are
40 minutes later, we are leaving
, we are
We pulled into
Its 2:40 am and we just pulled into
Slept a couple of more hours Its 7:35 am,
and eating breakfast in
morning.† I am in
Ö.. Hel-Lo†† Or-Lan-Do J† 24.5 hours late, but I made it finally.