but I've been sick ever since I got home, so this will be a brief report. I woke up Thursday morning feeling that tightness in the back of my throat and thought "uh oh" and by Friday it was pretty much a full-fledged sore throat. Made me glad I wasn't going to be driving home and could just enjoy a new experience.
It was a long trip - left at 11:00 a.m. and got into Huntington I sometime after 10:00 p.m. But the little roomette was so comfortable and my private little "facility" was so clean, that I can truly say I didn't mind at all that we ran late practically the whole trip. I had brought along a little cross stitch, a book, a game on my phone, and just kept myself nicely entertained.
And this was the other wider seat and a good picture of the nice big window. Very nice overall and certainly more comfortable than having to sit right next to someone for 11 hours.
We were "called" to lunch and I discovered that there weren't very many tables so we were asked to sit with people which was fine. The woman I sat down with was going to Ashland, KY (next stop after Huntington) and had lived in Huntington for a good part of her life and then in a bit two younger than we were women sat at our table and they had been college roommates and were meeting up with a couple of other roommates at the Greenbrier Resort - a very posh, fairly historic resort/hotel/spa, etc., place near Lewisburg, WV. So, we seemed to have a lot to talk about and I don't think anyone felt uncomfortable.
Each time we came to a station, I tried to keep track of when we left because there was a schedule in the brochures that I'd been given that showed departure times from each station.
Here's just a couple of pictures I took out my window as we went along. All the other ones I tried to get just didn't work - going too fast, reflection in the window and such. But it was a lovely day. I think I almost made myself a little motion sick staring out the window so much! How nice not to have to be keeping my eyes glued to the same old highway...
After the hold-up right at the edge of Huntington, we got into the station and off the train into quite a heavy snow-fall. There were no cabs and it took quite a while before the first one called showed up. But I finally stepped into my apartment a little after 11:00 p.m. and it was good to be home. Still was snowing heavily so, of course, I tried to get a picture or several out my windows. Probably only snowed an inch or so and then none yesterday or today but supposedly more is on the way.
Today, I finally totally lost my voice - Heather called a while ago and managed to hear my whispered "hi", said "oh my gosh you sound awful" I said "yeah - I can't talk" she said "I'll call again - hope you feel better" and we hung up. I get tickled cause being a person who lives alone, I do tend to talk to myself or the TV or whatever I'm working on, and now I can't hear myself. Told a friend of mine in an e-mail that it's a good thing I know what I'm saying!
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.