This has been the hardest thing to figure out.

I was going to make my first stop Chicago then head to the west coast on the California Zephyr. From there it was on to Portland, down to San Diego, over to Texas and New Orleans. From there up to Chicago then take a different route back to New York. I figured I’d do all the detail planning while I was on the way out west.

Not A Good Idea

Yesterday, I go the bright idea that I had better look over the train schedules to see if I could do what I had in mind so I’d be back by March 28. Turns out I would have been stranded in San Diego which is not a bad idea but I’m under orders to be back by the 28th.

With a little consultation from Amtrak (the folks I’ve spoken with have been fantastic so far) I decided to revers course and go south to New Orleans out of Chicago rather than head west. The problem was that the Sunset Limited, which runs along the southern border, is the only line I’m traveling on that does not run daily.

Here I Go

Assuming I can survive this and that I won’t need to change my schedule, here it is as of this morning

Tue Mar 10Lake Shore Limited3:40P/NYCTrain
Wed Mar 1110:40A/Chi
City of New Orleans8:05P/ChiTrain
Thu Mar 12332/New OrleansHotel – New Orleans
Fri Mar 13Hotel – New Orleans
Sat Mar 14Sunset Limited9:00A/New Orleans
Sun Mar 1512:05A/San AntonioWalk around – San Antonio
Texas Limited7:00A/San Antonio9:13A/AustinHotel – Austin
Mon Mar 16Hotel – Austin
Tue Mar 17Texas Limited6:30P/Austin9:55P/San AntonioStation
Wed Mar 18Sunset Limited2:45A/San AntonioTrain
Wed Mar 185:35A/Los Angeles
6:30A/Los Angeles8:30A/San DiegoHotel – San Diego
Thu Mar 19Hotel – San Diego
Fri Mar 20Coast Starlight5:55A/San DiegoTrain
Sat Mar 213:32P/PortlandHotel – Portland
Sun Mar 22Hotel – Portland
Mon Mar 23Empire Builder4:45P/PortlandTrain
Tue Mar 24Train
Wed Mar 253:55P/ChicagoHotel – Chicago
Fri Mar 27Hotel – Chicago
Sat Mar 28Lake Shore Limited9:35P/ChicagoTrain
Sun Mar 295:40P/NYCHome