19 responses to “Taking a Train Across the Country – Part One”

  1. Dave and Deb

    Nice post. We would like to do a cross country trip on the train ourselves one day. What luxury this train sounds like after taking India Rail for the past few months. I would love a nice and clean dining car. Good for you for not watching the movies. Traveling and meeting people is far more interesting.

    1. Ryan

      Thanks guys! I would definitely recommend the trip. I can only begin to imagine what traveling by train in other countries would be like. And yes, the nice, clean dining cars definitely make the trip more enjoyable.

  2. LisaNewton

    This trip sounds great. I’m a firm believer in the idea that people who reside on the East Coast should visit the West Coast, and visa versa. I hope you have a great trip.

    @Dave and Deb I’ve also ridden the Indian rail, and it’s quite an experience. Chia anyone?
    .-= LisaNewton´s last blog ..The Broadway Theatre Corridor Transforms for a Day =-.

    1. Ryan

      Hi Lisa,
      I agree with the East Coast visiting West Coast idea (and visa versa). It’s amazing how different things can be, in our own country. It’s also amazing when someone points out something that you have taken for granted, as something new and amazing to them. Over the past year I have been able to travel more, and I really love it. Up next for us is a cross country road trip!

  3. Chris@ 48hours logo


    Didn’t expect to find this post, but I really enjoy reading it. I’ve driven across the country before, but i think a train ride would be much nicer. 🙂 Thanks for sharing…
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    1. Ryan

      Hi Chris,
      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed reading! How long did the drive across the country take you? Alanna and I will be doing that next, and I can’t wait!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Keith Davis

    Hi Ryan
    Sounds like some adventure.
    In England there is actually a walk from east coast to west coast known surprisingly, as… the Coast to Coast walk – no imagination some people.LOL
    Not the sort of thing you could do in the US.

    In the 60’s (you won’t remember the 60’s Ryan) the great hippy movement was centred around Southern California and at one stage I nearly made it over there but… I never did.
    Guess that’s my loss.
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

    1. Ryan

      Hi Keith,
      This is only part one of the adventure too, haha.
      England might be significantly smaller in size than North America, but I have a feeling I still wouldn’t be up for that walk. I’ve actually known people who have ridden bicycles across the US, and I don’t think I’m quite ready for that either..

      Although I might have been born a bit late for the hippy movement of the 60’s, I have heard plenty of stories. Just because the movement is over, doesn’t mean you still can’t visit and experience a new place though!

      Thanks again for reading!

  5. Sarah Wu

    Hi Ryan,
    Wow, sound like you had a great train trip across the states. I am trying to plan a trip with friends to travel from cities to cities in Italy sometime. I think Train is better then car some time… anyways You should put up your vacation pictures from LA. I want to see them.

    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Point & Shoot vs. SLR photography =-.

    1. Ryan

      Hi Sarah,
      The was amazing! I still have a lot more of this trip to put up on my blog, but it will be coming soon! LA will definitely be included in that. I was out in Southern California again recently, and have some pictures posted from then as well. You can see them over at Mt Baldy California Photography. Mt. Baldy isn’t in LA, but close by.

      Train and car both have their pro’s and cons. The train, you don’t have to drive, so you can walk around, eat, drink and meet people while steadily rolling. With cars, you can stop and spend time places that you find interesting, go off route and adventure. Either way, a trip across Italy would be amazing!

  6. Dave

    That would be awesome to take a trip like that. The 8 hour layover would have drove me completely nuts though. Great blog… I’m having some down time and just came across it. Keep up the good work.

    1. Ryan

      Hi Dave,
      The layover wasn’t too bad. They have lockers you can rent, so you can store your stuff and go out and explore the city. I like to adventure, so it worked out for me, haha.

      I checked out your site, and I have to say, I like the design a lot! Thanks for stopping by, I hope to hear from you again soon!

      1. Dave

        Thanks, we are in the process of taking out the dummy text and getting the content together. I will be sure to check back often for more of your entertaining posts.

        1. Ryan

          Thanks again Dave! I look forward to seeing your completed site!

  7. AG Property in Greece

    Looks like a great trip there..

    Did you have internet access all the way across the route?

    1. Ryan

      Hey AG,
      The trip was great! Unfortunately, no internet on the train. I was a little disappointed at first, but it made me get up out of my seat and meet people, so I think it was actually a good thing!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Paige

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for visiting my own personal Amtrak story. I have now linked to your story in my article so folks can have more information on taking the Amtrak.

    .-= Paige´s last blog ..Amtrak Train Travel updated Thu May 6 2010 11:12 pm CDT =-.

    1. Ryan

      Hi Paige,
      Thanks so much for the link! I really appreciate it. I found your story to be a great read and very informative as well. I’ll add a link to yours too!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Anna

    Awesome pictures! i’e always loved globe-hopping thru road travel. A really great travelogue you have.

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