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Trip Report Trip Report - My Great American Train Trip

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As a railroad buff, I try to take at least one cross country train trip every year. For me, travel by train is a luxury I could not often make the time for before I retired but can indulge myself with now.

I'll break this report into logical (to me, at least) segments but first, a few general comments and observations.

This trip took me from my home northeast of Las Vegas to Orange County, Calif by car, to New Orleans, Chicago, and then back to California by train. I drove from Orange County to San Diego for a few days and then returned home. All in all, my trip encompassed twenty days, 1,268 road miles, and 5,450 rail miles.

I enjoy good food but I've been on a weight loss regimen for the past several months so I tried to balance both by eating a few good meals but also being sensible for most of the trip. In this report, I'll describe a few of the meals that I particularly enjoyed but I doubt if any of you will be interested in my descriptions of the many turkey and chicken sandwiches and salads I also had. That seemed to work out well since, even with the indulgences I describe later in this report, I only gained 3 1/2 pouds during the trip.

I am a member of the Marriott Hotels rewards program which provides me many travel perks. For that reason, I use Marriott properties when it makes sense to do so and, on this trip, I stayed in Marriott Courtyards at each of my destinations. This brand has an excellent set of standards for their franchisees. In Orange County, I stayed at the Foothill Ranch property , the warehouse district property in New Orleans, and the Rancho Bernardo property in San Diego.

Sometime in the next few days, I will process and post some of the photos I made during the trip. When I do, I'll put a link to them on this topic.

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