Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA via Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, & California.
Going through 3 (?) time zones & losing track of an acceptable time to crack open a beer.
On night one, sleeping next to a man wearing a Jesus t shirt who covered himself head to toe in a coarse blanket. It felt like sleeping next to a giant sack of potatoes.
Reading the Handmaid’s Tale whilst sharing a train with many women wearing old fashioned white bonnets & ankle length reddish dresses (Melanites?)
Starting to feel like a zoo animal & planning ‘trips out’ to the viewing cart two carriages back.
Meeting lots of lovely people in the viewing cart – a Scot living in Denver, a chap planning to cycle from Reno to Vancouver, a couple on their way to a Jazz festival, a couple visiting from Australia, a nail technician starting biochemistry at uni… they laugh at Britain’s tiny mountains.
Travelling through the Rockies, Sierra Nevada’s, Gold Country & heaps of beautiful places