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Saturday, October 12th, 2002


I watch the movie “Serendipity” in the sightseeing car of the Sunset Limited train May 7 as it rolls through central Texas, en route to New Orleans. For more pictures, maps, and blog posts from my cross-country train trip — from Los Angeles to New Orleans to Hartford, CT — click here!

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Saturday, October 12th, 2002


Becky says goodbye to Hugh Manatee at Los Angeles’s Union Station, a few minutes before Hugh and I left for our cross-country train trip from L.A. to Connecticut.

I’m home!

Friday, May 10th, 2002

Hooray!

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Friday, May 10th, 2002

Back in CT!

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Friday, May 10th, 2002

In D.C., waiting for next train.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002

Just woke up in Charlotte, NC. At least, I think that’s where we are. Far too sleepy to get up and check. Anyway, city lights pretty. Ok, back to sleep now.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002

Skyline of Atlanta in clear view. About to stop.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002

Back in Eastern time! Approaching Atlanta, GA.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002

Slept right through my entry into states #42 and 43! (Barely slept last night, y’see.) Now in Birmingham, AL

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002

On board train to D.C.!

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002

First of all, here are the pictures you’ve all been waiting to see: photos of the abandoned truck that our train hit Monday morning near the Salton Sea in California!

I’m afraid I won’t have time now to post too many more pictures, or give a full update, because I have to get to sleep so I can catch my train in the morning. But here’s a brief summary of the latest happenings:

1. I had a great day in New Orleans!

2. Tomorrow I leave on the second leg of my train trip, which should last about 27 hours. (Hopefully this one won’t be delayed by half a day!) I should arrive in Washington, D.C. around 10:00 AM Friday. Several of the people who I met on the L.A.-New Orleans train will unexpectedly be joining me on the New Orleans-D.C. train, too, because our L.A.-New Orleans train was so late, they missed their connections today. Chris, for one, will be riding as far as Charlotte.

3. Becky spent the night in Shamrock, Texas, about 15 miles west of the Oklahoma border, as she and her dad finished the second day of their car trip home to Buffalo. They expect to leave about 6:00 AM tomorrow. Shortly after hitting the road, Becky will cross into Oklahoma, her 41st state, thus tying me at 41-41. But approximately two to three hours later, around 9:00 AM, I’ll take the lead back by entering my 42nd state, Mississippi. It will be a close contest to see who gets a new state next — Becky with Arkansas (her 42nd), or me with Alabama (my 43rd). It will all depend on how fast the Zaks drive, and whether my train is on time. But after that, it will be all Becky. She too will briefly go through Mississippi (probably later tomorrow) and Alabama (probably early Friday), and will end up leading me, 44-43.

Well, like I said, I don’t have time for too much more, but here’s a couple more pictures:


Melissa, Denny and Chris laugh at something or other in the sightseeing car. Stay tuned for a complete photo guide to our “cast of characters” on the L.A.-New Orleans train!


I hold my cell phone (probably posting something to this very website) while my GPS receiver chugs away in the background, tracking our precise location, altitude and speed. Yes, I’m a NERD! (Photo by Chris.)


A passenger is escorted to an ambulance, with the conductor carrying his luggage, while the train sits idly in Flatonia, Texas. (Photo by Chris.)


Sunrise over the swamplands as the train approaches New Orleans. (Keep in mind it was supposed to arrive at 7:25 PM the previous day. And this is a photo of sunrise. You do the math.)


A spooky image from the Voodoo Museum.


The skyline of New Orleans, seen from a few miles downriver on the mighty Mississippi.

Don’t count on too many updates tomorrow, because my cell phone is running desperately low on daytime minutes, so mostly I’ll be able to post between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM, not too much otherwise. Plus, the site that hosts this “blog” has been having issues, and if those flare up again, it may become impossible for me to post at all. But no matter what, I’ll get lots more photos online when I get home!!! (Just give me a couple of days. I do have a wedding to go to…)

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002

Sorry for the lack of updates all day… but I’ve actually been doing stuff, instead of just sitting idly on a train, so I haven’t had time! I’m having a wonderful day in New Orleans. But before I tell you about it, here’s a photo!

That’s me in Jackson Square, at the south border of the French Quarter. I’ve walked all around the quarter, visited various ticky-tack shops and bought a few souvenirs for myself and others, toured the Voodoo Museum, sat along the Mississippi for a while and just admired it, and then went on a wonderful steamboat cruise down the river for two hours! We saw lots of sights along the shore, and then I went down to have a good old New Orleans lunch (complete with Jambalaya!) (I hope I spelled that right) while listening to a jazz band. It was great! Now I’m off to the St. Charles Streetcar. I’ll try to post more photos later, from my laptop in my hotel! Thanks for the e-mails, and thanks for visiting my site! 131 hits in the past four days!

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002

At New Orleans station at last!

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002

Officially 12 hours late… slowly approaching New Orleans station

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002

Watching the sunrise, 25 miles west of New Orleans