- Sep 1, 2021
- The Apple Capitol of the World
I did the $299 Rail Pass this summer and will be doing the Rail Pass again next summer (I'm going to make the time off work one way or another; I wasn't working this summer). I stayed with some friends along the route and hostels the rest of the time, but sleeping on the train wasn't too bad and since I'd researched and planned so much, I really wasn't lacking in anything. I got food a couple of times from the café car, but brought snacks and Pepsi otherwise. I dressed in layers, and showered right before I got on for a leg, plus I had deodorant, dry shampoo, and extra undergarments if I started feeling funky, but I never did. It didn't seem to me to be any different that if you'd go camping in the woods for a couple of weeks (and at least there are toilets on the train!) so I guess I'm not sure why it seems to be panned. I've ridden in a roommette once, and it didn't seem like I slept any better or worse than in my coach seat. Perhaps it's because I'm still relatively young, though I am in my 40s, so not quite as young as I used to be.