Hello gnarly dudes and dudettes! I am currently in sunny San Diego where my hair and my strange surfer lingo just might fit in. I arrived in the wee hours of the night on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner after hugging the entire Pacific coast on the Coastal Starlight train.
I’ve gotta’ tell ya, that route might be the winner of most ravishing views. I’d make love to it and sit under the stars whispering sweet nothings if that route were a woman. Get the gist?
Anywho, I am in the middle of the infamous Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego staying at the HI Hostel here, an all volunteer hostel run company. The neighborhood is bursting with some stellar looking bars and restaurants, and looks like a damn fine nightlife as well.
The sun is beaming today and I’m thinking to myself, “Why the hell am I on the computer?!“
Well, that epic train adventure I was just on lacked Wifi for the entire route, around 4,000mi, so i wanted to give a brief update before I go frolicking in the sun. And on the beach. I REALLY need to stretch my legs after being on trains for 99hrs.
I have over 20GB of photos and videos to share from this amazing cross-country journey, and many unexpected discoveries and realizations that happened while talking to the workers of the backbone states.
I typed them on my phone. And I wanted to shoot myself. But check them out because it’ll give you some pretty nice insight into interactions I had with people on the train!
Soon to come will be tons of photos, travel videos, and featurettes from the whole trip and snippets for Chicago deep dish lovin’ and Portland’s marvelous quirkiness.
Here are some video teasers from footage I captured on the trip with my new GoPro and my DSLR to whet your travel buds, and my route recap is listed below.
Leaving on the Train (and a steamy shower scene =P)
Relaxing on the train after departure.
A Bike Food Cart Tour around Portland.
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Leg #1 Washington DC to Chicago IL: Approx. 18hrs and 700mi.
Leg #2 Chicago IL to Portland OR: Approx. 47hrs and 2,100mi.
Leg #3 Portland OR to San Diego CA: Approx. 34hrs and 1,100mi
Stay tuned, photo essays and videos coming all this week and next as I prepare to head out to Southeast Asia!
Have you ever been on a similar trip? Do you love train travel too?