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An Uneventful Northeast Regional Ride on the Lynchburger #176 back to New York, except Gate Agents Don’t Know How to Handle eTickets

I would have gladly spent a few days in D.C. finally getting the Metro for this website, but both having my bike waiting for me in New York and Amtrak’s strange fare quirks requiring my layover to be less than 24 hours dashed those possibilities. I had booked myself on Regional Train #176 the Lynchburger, […]

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A Late but Relaxing Capital Limited Ride back east to D.C.

Sunday was a day for hanging out with my relatives. Around Noon I left to ride my bike up the Lake going north of Lollapalooza and over to Union Station, I attach the two saddlebags I want to also check through to New York as luggage. I get on one of the two elevators on […]

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Doing the Orange Line, Most of the Blue Line and Riding the Metra Electric Branches, my 3 days in Chicago

Well during my time in Chicago I basically finished off the CTA using the 3-Day CTA Pass I bought for only $9 via http://www.groupon.com/deals/chicago-transit-authority-cta Groupon. I am now just missing a few stations on the CTA Blue Line branch to O’Hare and the Green Line branch out to Harlem. I might have had time to […]

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An All Nighter on MegaBus to Grand Rapids, MI to Ride the Late and Almost Busituted Pere Marquette

My all nighter easily began finding the Megabus stop. Its location is very clear, a mass of people standing and sitting on a sidewalk across the street, south of Union Station. I wonder a bit going back into Unoin Station, realizing McDonalds is the only thing open in the food court and at 11:30 a […]

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Greyhound to the Champaign to the Illini back to Chicago

As I was waking up I saw the Texas Eagle on its diversion leaving town crossing a more southern bridge across the Mississippi out my 20th floor hotel room window. I wish I had been able to figure out a way to ride it diverted without spending a bunch on a sleeper since #322, the […]

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The Late Lincoln Service to St Louis and Spontaneously Deciding to Stop in Alton Along the Way

Although tomorrow busing starts again on the Lincoln meaning I’ll probably take the dog or MegaBus back to Chicago, the Texas Eagle on its detour would require me to spend $150 on a room, something I’m not willing to do. Yesterday around noon I got an email ┬áthat welcomed eTickets on all routes. I spent […]

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Riding to the modern Keewanee Station for the Carl Sandburg to Chicago

The day begins in a hotel room I’m sharing with a cousin by airport in Moline who is flying back to New York at 4:00am. I sleep in until after 8:00 only having 50 miles of riding. I then enjoy a huge included breakfast, pack up my sattlebags and am out of the hotel at […]

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Not Losing Anymore Time and a Chatty Breakfast to End an Enjoyable Ride on the LSL

Greetings from Highland Park after not losing anymore time on the Lake Shore, the route redeeming itself for me at least westbound with the much better schedule and after two good meals in the diner. The fact that boarding in Penn Station needs to be done so quickly they can’t do assign seats makes the […]

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Losing an Hour with the Switching in Albany and a slow dinner

Greetings from the hour late Lake Shore Limited just west of Syracuse, all the time lost in the Albany Station At 6:14 we passed a grade crossing which says high speed trains. I know Amtrak basically bought the tracks from CSX and was planning to install Passive train control for higher speeds, I wonder if […]

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The Dinky is on my Website, I’m on the Lake Shore Limited Along the Hudson up to Chicago

Greetings from the Lakeshore Limited as I go up the Hudson, luckily in a window seat, my bike in the baggage car to do four days of Ragbrai in Iowa. I don’t have my computer with me so I’ll just be updating from my iPhone. Right before I left I continued down the NEC to […]