I wouldn't call you selfish, unless you're one of the drunks in a bar with no mask on, shown on CNN every 10 minutes. I'm down the road from you in Syracuse and luckily we share the same Governor. I wore gloves a mask and probably a Hazmat Suit if I could of found one. But I'm High risk, (except in most of the South) You sound smart enough too take care of yourself with minimal risk to others.Thank you and others for the input. This is a 100% pleasure trip. Selfish. But my fear is that the stars won't align in the future. Amtrak may further gut service. At some point, the classes I'm taking will shift from online to in person (giving me less flexibility with timing). And I may not have this much vacation time from my job in the future. So yeah, I may be being selfish here -- but people on this forum would understand (better than friends and colleagues) the lure of making this trip
I hear you regarding the multiple opinions. One minute, I read the news and I see the cases spiking and everyone being scolded to stay home (as we in NYC have done for 3+ months). Another minute, I chat with people on Instagram whom I see are riding in the coaches, and they feel everything is safe and would do it again.
I'm going to chat with a friend who is a nurse in Seattle on the front lines of everything (and he'll probably say don't do it ... but we'll see).