What a journey!

Trip Start Aug 30, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2010

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Phew! Three days on a train is probably just about enough!

I have enjoyed every moment of it. The food has been great, but I can't eat any more.  It seems that all you do is eat and with nowhere to walk it off except when we have stops for 15 minutes at a time,I feel like a hefer!

The waiting staff are all so great.  I particularly resonated with a man called John.  He’s originally from Alabama, but he now lives in California. He’s in his 60’s, looks like he could be in his 50’s, but he’s one of these very wise men, who has lived a life and has got the measure of it.  A really good man.

The people I’ve met have also been great.  At my first lunch, I sat across the table from a Bill Clinton lookalike! A few pounds heavier, but the image of him!  I’ve met Alex, a poker teacher from Vegas.  Dale, a techy hermit (his description)from California. Mohamed and Nila from San Francisco.  Two older ladies from California.  An old man from Ohio, plus lots more people in passing.

The scenery has been spectacular! We skimmed Mexico, which was an experience seeing the poverty on the other side of the border along with the border patrol cars.

I saw the Rio Grande, amazing! Then we entered Texas….

I went to sleep Wednesday night, we were in Texas.  All day Thursday, we were in Texas.  I woke up Friday morning and we were still in Texas!  That should give you an idea of how big that state is!  And our only combined length of stop was probably 2 hrs.

What’s also interesting to see are the small towns that run along the route.  Some with just few houses, a shop and a church, population 30!   They are so remote from anything. But what’s great is that I got to see some real cowboys! Standing on their porches with their thumbs in their belts!

Last night at about 10.30 we stopped off at San Antonio.  The heat was so intense and the humidity!  I was told that this was nothing compared to New Orleans. Oh dear!

It’s going to be strange being back on solid ground!

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