We finally left San Antonio at 11:30 a.m. after a 12 hour wait. I told Ed to leave all the negative vibes in the old train so we wouldn’t experience any other delays. Amtrak tried to make up time but they couldn’t make up all the lost time. We arrived in L.A. at 2:00 p.m., which was about 8 hours late.
The train ride itself was very enjoyable. I had a Superliner Roomette which means a private room that seats 2 people and an overhead bunk for sleeping and the two seats below make into a bed also. I chose to sleep in the seat bed below so I could look out and see the world going by. With my ticket I also got 3 meal tickets which were served to us in the Dining Car. For these meals we were seated with other interesting passengers. Most of the passengers were frequent train travelers.
Ed and I transferred to a San Diego train that left at 3:00 p.m. We arrived in San Diego at 6:00 p.m., which meant we missed our orientation meeting but we met Kaylyn Messenger when we got to the hotel.
On the train ride, I went to the snack bar to get something to eat. While there is met a young man that wanted to buy me a drink which I declined but we continued to talk. I was wearing my BiketheUSforMS T-Shirt so he asked about it and I told him about the ride. After I told him about the ride and that it was for Multiple Sclerosis he asked me to take $20 for food along the way. I told him I would take it but donate it to MS. Then he told is two friends to put in $20 also which they did. It made my day.
We caught our bus, with the help of some local people, and made it within a half mile from the hotel. We had to walk the last half a mile carrying all our luggage and pushing our bike down a very busy Friday night street. We got checked into the Hotel and then went thru the pre-ride orientation. Ed and I finally got to set down and to eat. What a relief.
Tomorrow we ride.