I’ve never travelled for longer than my nine hour flight from London to Vancouver…
That’s about to change quite considerably though! We woke up at 05:30 and watched the sun rise over the mountains, having already been on our way for seven and a half hours. Spoiler alert – at this point we weren’t even a quarter or the way to where were going.
Abbie surprised me by downloading the latest episode of Private Eyes for us to watch – a TV show that Marion introduced us to in Kelowna on the first leg of our trip. It was great, not only to watch the show, but because of all of the fond memories it brought back of Canada, which seem like so long ago when in fact we only left a couple of weeks back.
Other than watching downloads on Abbie’s Nexus and playing cards, there was literally nothing else for us to do. Even looking out of the window becomes a bit repetitive after so long, and you can even change your seat. The only place to get up and move to is either the washroom or the observatory, a big carriage made up mostly of windows for a better view of outdoors:
There’s only so much that you can do on a train though really.
We travelled from California through Arizona and then New Mexico into Texas. At one point the Mexican border was just a stones throw away, so much so that out of the left window was America and the right window was Mexico. Abbie even got a text through from her network provider about Mexican rates, so we can basically say we’ve been there, right?
The Wi-Fi on the train didn’t work in the slightest which meant that my dream of catching thousands of Pokemon on the way was binned – my only hope was every six hours or so when we stopped at a station, but even then only a few of the stops had Wi-Fi. At least it did give me the chance to completely catch up on writing though.
We had a meal on the train in the evening which was comparable to plane food (pretty poor) and cost us $12 each. We had no other choice though – I don’t even like beans, which of course they happened to serve, but ate them anyway because I didn’t want to go hungry.
We went to sleep around 22:00 having been on board for a full twenty four hours, with a while left to go but a decent chunk of the journey over and done with. Oh and for those of you who don’t know already, we’re getting off at Austin, the live music capital of the world!