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Riding the Tracks Toward Sunrise

As the light fades on my first evening on an Amtrak train (the Sunset Limited from Los Angeles to New Orleans) there’s a few things I am realizing. 1) I am glad for the sleeper car, though also equally glad that I don’t suffer from claustrophobia. 2) the food on the train is better than I expected (especially given that I wasn’t sure there would be anything I can eat and now I know there is at least one dinner I will be good for Continue reading →

Packing for long distance train travel

As the NAPL American Identity Tour comes closer (less than 3 weeks now) I am focused on pulling the practical details of the trip together. This includes a packing list for 28 days. This includes 12 segments on Amtrak trains. On one hand I want to make the final packed luggage as light as possible, but on the other I do have some additional freedom and needs because of the train travel scenario. I also have one flight from Portland to Lousville on this trip Continue reading →

Like sand through the hourglass so are the itinerary changes: The American Identity Tour

So when I started talking about an Adventure around America via Amtrak, the map looked like this: Over time, as I’ve refined the plans for this trip – which I’m now calling “The American Identity Tour” – the itinerary has been shaped and formed and the map now looks like this: Dates have shifted a little as part of that planning too! The itinerary is now looking like this: Day 1 El Paso, Texas Day 2 New Orleans Day 3 New Orleans Day 4 New Continue reading →

Sleeper Car Segments!

Figuring out which segments to choose to upgrade hasn’t been particularly complicated – I am looking for the best bang for my dollar! I am also aware of my need to sleep and rest well! so which are the segments that I am looking at upgrading? Departure                                      Arrival El Paso, Texas New Orleans Atlanta, Georgia Washington DC Boston Chicago Chicago Minot, ND Minot, ND Portland, Oregon I am still waiting to hear back on exact cost to upgrade each of these! One of the other Continue reading →

Adventure around America via Amtrak in 12 segments

I’ve got a bad case of wanderlust. I’m ready to plan my next solo adventure – an Adventure around America via Amtrak. This year marks 10 years of blogging for me – since I first moved to the USA in August of 2007 – and so it feels a little like I’m coming full circle. Later this year – all things being equal – I will be eligible to apply for US citizenship, and it feels appropriate to explore more of this country, to understand Continue reading →

New Dreams. New Adventures

New Dreams. New Adventures. It began on a rare long weekend. One where we enjoyed sleeping extra. And ate home cooked meals. And wine tasted at our kitchen table. And dreamed. Together. Before we even met I had dreamed about an adventure that would take me from Scotland to Australia. I dreamed and planned, and explored, and read. It then became a plan for a trip from Australia to Scotland when I ended up back living in Australia. And international events caused some of the Continue reading →

Exploring Newcastle

I’m all about Exploring Newcastle! Newcastle is a coastal city, home to 140, 000 people. It is a major regional centre, as well as being the largest metropolitan area outside of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. Newcastle is about two hours north of Sydney on the F3 freeway and trains run almost once an hour from Sydney. At under $20, it’s a pretty cheap ticket! It’s a sprawling city that is slowly bringing some of the old towns around into the metropolis: Continue reading →

Overland from Oz Itinerary Overview: Northern Queensland

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy On to Northern Queensland. This leg starts with a 30 hour train journey to travel most of a single state. If you were ever in Continue reading →

Overland from Oz Itinerary Overview: Southern Queensland and Brisbane

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli The first time I remember visiting Brisbane as a child was Expo ’88. The Exposition which marked the bicentennial of the European settlement of Australia. It felt like it was sprawling and it was a great holiday with my parents and sister. But, the most significant effect of Expo ’88 was the Continue reading →

Obstacles are there to be overcome: traveling solo in south east Asia

By far the most complex part of the planning so far has been trying to come up with options for navigating traveling solo in south east Asia between Singapore and Australia (largely by sea) safely. I’ve already written a couple of posts about like Sailing Asia? Or what to do about the possibility of Pirates. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this area of the world is much more convenient to fly in hops, but…and this is a big but – I really don’t Continue reading →