I can't tell you how many times I've been asked, "Why did you take the train?" I guess it's a fair question. One can drive from Denver to Chicago in roughly 16 hours and fly there in 2 hours.
As my morning grogginess and grumpiness subside, I turn my attention to the Iowa countryside out my window. We pass a wind farm, with hundreds of tall wind turbines.
There's two ways to travel on the California Zephyr: in coach and in a sleeper car. The sleeper car? First class. Turn down service, a mint on the bed, a dedicated attendant. Nice, right?
Community seating is a unique concept in the California Zephyr dining car. You have no choice, if you're traveling alone, of who you sit with. Truly, it’s a roll of the dice.
A reporter, a Harley riding gas station owner, and a university student from England meet in a train car...