I Made It to Salem

I made it to Salem safely after 25 hours of travel. This picture is of the Salem Amtrak Depot and Greyhound Station.

I’m feeling a bit worn out and a little hungry. I can take care of these creature comforts when I am back at my house.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure. It’s been enjoyable to blog about this journey. Time wise, traveling from Salem to Reno, I would say flying is the fastest way to go at an hour and a half flight. Driving second at 8-10 hours and the bus/train combo – 26 hours.

It’s really good to be home!

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Eugene, Oregon…Albany…Final Stop for me…Salem, Oregon

We hit the Amtrak Train Depot in Eugene, Oregon. There is a quick stop in Albany. The next stop is Salem, Oregon where I’ll get off. I’m very drowsy, but comfortable. I haven’t done any hand piecing on the quilt project I brought since I’ve been on the train. I’ve read a little of Richard Rohr’s book, Everything Belongs.

I’m glad I took the combo bus/train trip; it’s been a welcome change of pace. I’m grateful for the chance to sit, rest, and simply ‘be,’ and not be in a ‘doing’ mode.

I recommend traveling by train. I hope I have more opportunities to explore the US this way.

Overall, traveling by bus and train was a little cheaper cost wise than flying from Reno, Nevada to Portland by 20-40 dollars. I like driving to Reno from Salem, Oregon best. It is the cheapest…however it is a solid 8-10 hour drive.

Riding the Amtrak Train

I was waiting and waiting for the Amtrak Train last night when my phone buzzed with text alerts to say the train was arriving late, an hour later. The picture above shows the line of people waiting to load the train at 1:45 am.

Glory be…I was tired. I couldn’t wait to get to my seat on the lower level coach area. I slept for about 3 hours so far.

For the rest of the day, I will be on the train headed North to Salem, Oregon. I’ll post some more pictures of the journey.

A train sitting on the tracks while I was waiting to board, but sadly, it wasn’t mine. More pictures to come.

Made It to the Sacramento Valley Train Station

I made it safely to Sacramento. After I got off of the Greyhound Bus, I opened the Google Maps App on my phone to find the directions from the Sacramento Greyhound Station to the Sacramento Valley Train Station; it was just over a mile walk.

Turns out the walk to the train station wasn’t my smartest move, as I passed the Jesus Saves Mission with scores of homeless people hanging out and tents of various sizes and shapes along the way. Perhaps with my bags, I looked just as homeless, because I wasn’t bothered at all on the walk. The sun was going down for the evening. The street lights were on when I started to become uneasy about how I thought this short leg of the trip would go. This feeling crept up on me slowly yet at the same time as the speed and pace of my walk picked up.

All is well, I made it safe and sound.

I did have to produce a valid ticket to the train station security guard after I had been hanging out on the train station benches for two hours or so.

I’m looking forward to boarding the “Midnight Train to Oregon,” because I will finally be able to rest.

I’m looking forward to what the rest of the journey brings.

Traveling South into Sacramento

The sun is going down ever so slowly. The Greyhound Bus has made two stops since Truckee…to Colfax and Rosedale.

Excuse the electric lines…this is a shot outside the Greyhound station is Rosedale, CA. I know we’re headed deeper into California when I see palm trees.

I’m working on a hand pieced quilt project while enjoying visiting with my seat mate on the bus. She is on holiday from London. It’s a joy to meet people from different walks of life and share a moment feeling ‘caught’ in the same travel predicament at the same time.