I am curious, but does anyone remember what their first experience on Amtrak was? For me, it was on the LSL from Toledo to Chicago during COVID. It was delayed from 6:22 am to 7:25 am. After that, I stayed in a roomette on the SWC, and my first meal was a Chick-fil-a sandwich that I had bought in Chicago. I did not find the flex meals that bad, but when you eat dining hall food a lot, it's not that big a difference. Hopefully I will get to experience the traditional dining sometime soon. It also took place during the 3x weekly service. Lastly, the cherry on top was a 2 hour delay because of cars parked near the tracks. Overall, I enjoyed it more than flying Delta cross country (Cincinatti to Seattle, Seattle to Anchorage) I once was delayed 6 hours or more flying from Colorado to the east coast, so it was not that bad.