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  1. Will not post from Albuquerque. Blog post should have gone through but now I must return to the train. http://morethangetaways.wordpress.com Roy
  2. Will not post from Albuquerque. Blog post should have gone through but now I must return to the train. http://morethangetaways.wordpress.com Roy
  3. Greetings from Union Station where it's about 19F (about -6C). I got a report on my thread on the Crystal Forum that they are getting snow in Lamy. That's not far from our service stop in Albuquerque where I had hoped to find some wifi and post today's report. The Southwest Chief should be boarding in about an hour. Roy
  4. Thanks. I was hoping to get off in Albuquerque where there's a service stop and find some wifi to post today's report (no wifi on the train). I hope that's at a lower elevation and the weather will be more cooperative there. Roy
  5. Day Amtrak1, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Arrive Chicago Crystal Serenity is at sea from San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua to Huatulco, Mexico. Queen Mary 2 is at sea from Lisbon to Messina. At night my roomette is pretty nearly the size of a twin bed. There is about 8 inches on the corridor side but everything else is the bed. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/thebed.jpg There is one small closet, just about wide enough to put a pair of shoes in the bottom. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/closet.jpg I slept reasonably well but when we stopped at Toledo about 5AM things got extremely cold, and I stayed in bed another hour. The fog that had been in Maryland diminished but it was still cloud covered and there was no sunrise. The continental breakfast did not have a lot that I found attractive but I did take milk and a fruit cup back to my seat. We ran pretty much on schedule through South Bend, the final intermediate stop but ran into heavy freight traffic in Illinois, finally arriving in Chicago a little after 9, about 20 minutes late, I checked into the Metropolitan Lounge, and tried going on line for a while but found the service functionally useless. I am staying at Club Quarters on Adams Street near LaSalle. I went over with the big pack a little after 10 and they did not have a room but stored the bag. I bought a transit day pas and left with the smaller bag for Panera on Michigan Avenue for lunch, and the post I had struggled helpless with in the Metropolitan Lounge loaded in about 20 seconds. I walked back to the Club Quarters and checked in about 1. I should be comfortable for the night. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/clubqut.jpg I discovered a packing mistake. I have packed camera chargers in the bags to be delivered to the ship but did not bring one with me on the train. I returned to Panera on the "El" and stopped at a nearby camera shop. A replacement would be about $40 and I passed on it. I will try to save the battery as much as possible and occasionally use my IPAD where possible. I tried the IPAD on the CTA. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/theel1.jpg Dinner was Mac & Cheese at Panera, and the El back to the hotel. I watched television and used the internet at the hotel until about 10:30. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/theel2.jpg As a parting shot I think I'll be glad to get out of Chicago. It will be quite cold Thursday (low teens in the morning to about mid 20's for a high) and snow is coming. By the latest forecast I should be in New Mexico when the snow hits Friday evening. Roy
  6. Day Amtrak1, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Arrive Chicago Crystal Serenity is at sea from San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua to Huatulco, Mexico. Queen Mary 2 is at sea from Lisbon to Messina. At night my roomette is pretty nearly the size of a twin bed. There is about 8 inches on the corridor side but everything else is the bed. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/thebed.jpg There is one small closet, just about wide enough to put a pair of shoes in the bottom. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/closet.jpg I slept reasonably well but when we stopped at Toledo about 5AM things got extremely cold, and I stayed in bed another hour. The fog that had been in Maryland diminished but it was still cloud covered and there was no sunrise. The continental breakfast did not have a lot that I found attractive but I did take milk and a fruit cup back to my seat. We ran pretty much on schedule through South Bend, the final intermediate stop but ran into heavy freight traffic in Illinois, finally arriving in Chicago a little after 9, about 20 minutes late, I checked into the Metropolitan Lounge, and tried going on line for a while but found the service functionally useless. I am staying at Club Quarters on Adams Street near LaSalle. I went over with the big pack a little after 10 and they did not have a room but stored the bag. I bought a transit day pas and left with the smaller bag for Panera on Michigan Avenue for lunch, and the post I had struggled helpless with in the Metropolitan Lounge loaded in about 20 seconds. I walked back to the Club Quarters and checked in about 1. I should be comfortable for the night. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/clubqut.jpg I discovered a packing mistake. I have packed camera chargers in the bags to be delivered to the ship but did not bring one with me on the train. I returned to Panera on the "El" and stopped at a nearby camera shop. A replacement would be about $40 and I passed on it. I will try to save the battery as much as possible and occasionally use my IPAD where possible. I tried the IPAD on the CTA. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/theel1.jpg Dinner was Mac & Cheese at Panera, and the El back to the hotel. I watched television and used the internet at the hotel until about 10:30. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/theel2.jpg As a parting shot I think I'll be glad to get out of Chicago. It will be quite cold Thursday (low teens in the morning to about mid 20's for a high) and snow is coming. By the latest forecast I should be in New Mexico when the snow hits Friday evening. Roy
  7. Bon Voyage! Not sure I’ll be there; planning a leisurely brunch on original Queen Mary, could run a bit late. Roy
  8. I hope that's progress. I just realized that my camera charger is packed in the bags shipped to the ship and want to try to get another one. Roy
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