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New York, I am in you!

Thursday evening we got to Chicago three hours late, but there was still plenty of time to catch my connecting train. Chicago Union Station is immense and confusing, but I got through it ok, with help :)

Got on the Lakeshore Limited at 9:30pm and asked my attendant to make my bed right away, and went to sleep. The Lakeshore Limited is a single-decker train (Viewliner), and the roomettes are a bit different than the ones on the double-decker California Zephyr (Superliner). Two main differences: there are plenty of temperature controls in the Viewliner roomette, both for warm and cold air, so you can get the temperature just right. Also, and this is so odd, there is a little toilet and sink right in each roomette. They fold away nicely, and it’s convenient not to need to leave your roomette at all… but it takes some getting used to!

Northern New York was hit by a huge rainstorm the night before we got there and a section of track between Syracuse and Albany was was impassable, so at Syracuse they put us all on busses (we first-class people got a really nice comfy tour bus), and a couple hours later we got back on a train at Albany. It was a bit hectic, but not too bad. I knew they’d make sure I got where I was going.

Arrived in Rhinecliff around 6 and my Uncle Jack was there to pick me up! Now I’m in a beautiful little house in the middle of the woods, just chilling with Jack and Susan. More later…

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