Ridin' that Train  

bipolybabe 54F
10715 posts
8/4/2006 5:02 am

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Ridin' that Train

I checked into airline tix. The price of gas made flying me and my twins out to Colorado too damn expensive. I considered driving, but given that the motions of a car make me both horny and sleepy, and the sounds of my children beating one another make me grumpy, I decided that 20 hours of driving wasn't a good idea.

Then, I thought, "How 'bout the train?" I discovered I could leave from my own little train station in Santa Barbara, change once in L.A., spend one night on the train and wake up in Gallup, New Mexico, a mere three hours by car from our first stop on this Colorado History Tour, Cortez, CO.

The train was a great choice. After some major heart palpitations racing to catch it (I'm a terrible procastinater when it comes to traveling. I hate all the preparations, and then my washing machine quit while all my normal clothes were in it so I was hand wringing water out of them before dumping them in the dryer), we were all aboard.

With more leg room and the ability to get up walk around, move into the lounge car (so I can separate my kids), go into the dining car (so I can stop hearing "Are we there yet?" for a short time) and read trashy novels. But, the motion and vibrations still made me horny and sleepy. Some things never change.

And, I discovered I love being served breakfast with the sights of the desert flying past me. And, the train was a mere hour late pulling into Gallup where my dad picked us up.

I'm considering a major cross-country train trip next year, stopping and visiting friends and landmarks along the way.

What about you? Have you trained it before? What's your preferred way to travel?

(c) 2006 AskAphrodite aka BiPolyBabe


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gooodloven2 63M
366 posts
8/4/2006 6:41 am

I have often traveled by train,it's like a cruse on land,you meet some interesting folks and the places you see are great ,try the route from denver up to salt lake the rockies are incredable.If your interested in meeting folks on the train just get a bottel of bozz and go to the lounge car and start a party.if you want some real adventure you can try to hop a freight train,you meet some scary folks there but interesting as well,travel is as much about the folks you meet along the way as the places you see and the internal trip your mind takes.

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
8/4/2006 7:15 am

yeah, the train ride from cape town to johannesburg is 25 hours one way, and i've done the return trip a few times. it is a great way to see the country and every little "dorp" (one horse town) train station along the way. you also go thru some awesome farmlands, breathtaking mountains, and wowee! desert. however, the quality of food and service has deteriorated so much over the years that i don't enjoy it so much anymore ... or maybe i just got jaded after doing the trip so many times!

i prefer to drive where i am going, set my own pace, and choose my own places to eat ... but of course, it is way more tiring! (when we go to my sister's place, we drive 2.5 hours to my mother in law where we spend the night, then 3.5 hours to finally get to my sister ... it's manageable, even with a toddler on board.)

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Lovin_U_4_Fun 54F

8/4/2006 7:32 am

I have frequently wondered what it would be like to travel by train. whnei lived in Colorado, people talked about The Zephyr.

It seems to be more about the journey and less about the destination.

deliciousngood 64F
1665 posts
8/4/2006 8:52 am

I took the Southern Crescent...from Greenville SC to New Orleans. Seems like you get to see every patch of red-clay bank between those two places and also every poor district and railroad yard adn not much else, witht he shining example of some cutesy town in the middle of Ga. I was travelling with my 8 yearold son who WALKED between cars the entire trip.

Have a wondrous time!


Rideandfun1000 59M

8/4/2006 9:14 am

Growing up in NJ we took the train into NYC a few times, but other than that I have not done any train travel.

If you want to get somewhere quickly, it is hard to beat flying. But, I don't particularly enjoy the 'cattle-car' feeling - unless you're in 1st class, for which I won't pay the premium out of my own pocket, but if I am otherwise upgraded I certainly won't turn it down.

I prefer car or motorcycle. Leisure travel I like to do by bike if I can. It does force one to carfeully consider how much 'stuff' to take along. And then there is the weather... I won't ride in snow, and the trick to riding in the rain is to get one's raingear on before the downpour starts... On the other hand, there is just nothing like seeing the sights on a bike. And with today's gas prices, getting over 50 mpg compared to the gas mileage of an SUV will pay for another night or two to extend the trip.


PS: if you like the vibrations from a car or train, then have I got a back seat for you...

florallei 99F

8/4/2006 9:22 am


Is that why I get horny in the car...it is the motion...hehehe...I thought I was the only one...TY for sharing.
I have done the Train thing...The last one to leave Van. B.C. and we had our own room, the beds turned down at night and real linen and silverware while dining....WOW...this was back in 1994. I would love to do it again but no longer available here

PlaynAgain 54F

8/4/2006 5:09 pm

As a kid I got to ride a train from Miami to Baltimore and loved it. I've looked into doing it again a few times since then but always ended up driving because of the cost of the train ticket plus the rental car on the other end making it too expensive.

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spacecadet561 59M

8/4/2006 6:24 pm

It's been a long time since I took a train anywhere. I did a few tourist trains in Colorado way back in 1987, including the Georgetown Loop and the Manitou and Pike's Peak. The last inter-city train ride I took was way back around 1971, the Metroliner from DC to NYC. I took the El a few times while living in Chicago (1981-5). I used the Long Island Railroad to get from NYC out to the island visiting assorted relatives. Airport terminal trains don't really count, but I've used several of those.


nightis 52M

8/4/2006 10:06 pm

If you want my opinion, we are all going to have to get used to travelling by train!

Enough with the little black ball, I have worked on trains between Eugene and Klamath Falls and took many train trips up and down the west coast. You can't be in a hurry to enjoy them.

If truth be had, I would rather fly. Not because planes are more comfortable (the atmosphere these days is just short of boxes being shoved into a container) but I do like arriving at my destinition to enjoy my vacation for the maximum amount of time. Lack of finances for such and adventure force me to less romantic forms of public transportaion.

Here is the thing, I am the perfect travel companion and the right person could make me enjoy the belly of an old fishing boat!

Grinning in Washingon State!

Dekora 52M
937 posts
8/5/2006 4:33 am

When I lived just outside Milwaukee, I frequently took AmTrack from Milwaukee into Chicago for a day trip to museums & stuff.

I love the method of transportation - but then, I enjoy all means of getting from here to no where else!

Have a safe and fun trip.

-- Quin

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