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Cal

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Currently at Clifton Forge. Running about 55 minutes late. I’ve spent the hour or so dozing, listening to the train sounds and looking at the seemingly endless trees. About to walk the train.
 

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Why the Curtain too ? That sounds like Security Theater, something out of the TSA Book of Smoke and Mirrors!🤪🤬
Because the rule is to wear the damn mask without exceptions.

If the attendant sees you through the window without a mask, they're supposed to tell you to put it on.

That unpleasantness can be avoided with the curtains closed.
 

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Update. Shortly after I posted the last update dinner was delivered. Hopefully my last flex dinner. It was edible.

I’ve been enjoying the scenery as we wind around the mountains, not as dramatic as glacier but still pleasant. The greenbier river is also very pretty.

About 10 minutes ago the conductor came on the PA and made a long announcement. Apparently someone has been smoking, and so the normal smoking announcement was made (although repeated). He also added in the mask announcement.

Next stop is Hinton and then New River Gorge. Still running mags though, it’s already 7PM.
 

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Once we got along New River Gorge, my eyes were glued to the window. It’s very pretty, although e amount of trees blocking the river can be frustrating. The sunset with it was very nice. I saw Sandstone Falls (almost missed it), and it was neat to see Thurmond (which we only stopped at for 5 seconds). Luckily, we didn’t cross the first bridge over which meant our roomette was on the good side as long as possible. It was getting dark, but luckily it was still fairly lit outside when we went under the impressive new river gorge bridge. When we crossed the bridge I went to the cafe car to see the other side. Unfortunately the glare made it nearly impossible to see outside and there were a few loud people talking (talking about how an outdoor smoke area should be added), so I went back to my room and then took a quick shower. The SCA came by to turn beds and take breakfast orders, but we already turned our room down. For breakfast we both ordered oatmeal with orange juice. She also said that she’d come by an hour before Chicago to clean up the room (no surprise, I’ve heard about it here). Currently in the top bunk about to go to sleep.
 

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Once we got along New River Gorge, my eyes were glued to the window. It’s very pretty, although e amount of trees blocking the river can be frustrating. The sunset with it was very nice. I saw Sandstone Falls (almost missed it), and it was neat to see Thurmond (which we only stopped at for 5 seconds). Luckily, we didn’t cross the first bridge over which meant our roomette was on the good side as long as possible. It was getting dark, but luckily it was still fairly lit outside when we went under the impressive new river gorge bridge. When we crossed the bridge I went to the cafe car to see the other side. Unfortunately the glare made it nearly impossible to see outside and there were a few loud people talking (talking about how an outdoor smoke area should be added), so I went back to my room and then took a quick shower. The SCA came by to turn beds and take breakfast orders, but we already turned our room down. For breakfast we both ordered oatmeal with orange juice. She also said that she’d come by an hour before Chicago to clean up the room (no surprise, I’ve heard about it here). Currently in the top bunk about to go to sleep.
Glad you got to see the Gorge!😎
 

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Went to sleep just after 10PM. Woke up for a little bit at 12, and then woke up at 6 during the stop at Indianapolis and laid in bed for the next hour watching the scenery. At 7:40, breakfast was delivered (we asked for it to be delivered at 8). Currently just relaxing and enjoying the ride. We are still a few minutes late.
 

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Went to sleep just after 10PM. Woke up for a little bit at 12, and then woke up at 6 during the stop at Indianapolis and laid in bed for the next hour watching the scenery. At 7:40, breakfast was delivered (we asked for it to be delivered at 8). Currently just relaxing and enjoying the ride. We are still a few minutes late.
I bet you'll have a good Lunch in Chicago and be glad to have "Real" food @ Dinner on the Chief!
 

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I bet you'll have a good Lunch in Chicago and be glad to have "Real" food @ Dinner on the Chief!
Any suggestions for lunch? Haven’t looked at the options yet

And I am VERY excited for my steak tonight.
 

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Any suggestions for lunch? Haven’t looked at the options yet

And I am VERY excited for my steak tonight.
Since they've done away with the Veggie Burger ( which was Very Good), the Angus Burger is always good!
( with Bacon and Cheese if you like them)

I'd pass on the Chili or the Caesars Salad since you can get really good versions where you live!

2nd Choice would be the Grilled Cheese which sounds interesting.

Wish they still had the Special Sandwich @ Lunch( it was different on different Routes).

Don't forget to get an early Dinner Rez, you don't want to be told "We're out!" when you order the Steak and your favorite Desert!😄
( and try the New Lobster Crab Cake, they used to be pretty good on the LD Trains)
 

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Interesting, I always thought the Veg (black bean/chipotle) burger was pretty good. Theere is still a vegan burger on the cafe menu, I wonder if it will rotate back down the road.
 

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The SCA just came by and got our linens. Apparently someone got physical with staff at Charlottesville yesterday which is part of the reason we’re delayed.

We are in Illinois and less than an hour from Chicago. It’s been a relaxing morning. And we’ve seen a lot more freight than yesterday.
 

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Last update for the Cardinal.

The last hour of the trip was pleasant, enjoyed watching the now-urban scenery go by and watching trains (the foamer in me was happy to see a feromex). I saw a lot of bridges that used to have tracks over them but now don’t, I wonder why the tracks were ripped up.

As we came in, we “raced” a Metra BNSF line into the station. After disembarking we put our luggage in the metropolitan lounge and walked to a nearby pizza place. Now waiting for it to open.
 
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