Amtrak adventure for Thanksgiving.
For my PTO adventure this past Thanksgiving, I returned to
On the printed schedule I could see that a once-a-day bus from Waupaca, 13 miles away, would connect with every-two hour service in
However, for the return trip, the Amtrak representative wanted to book me on the Cardinal, service from
I also decided to go first class, in a roomette. The roomette is an expensive option, even with the two meals and a light snack which is included; and a night’s sleep, if one could sleep on the train.
I traveled extensively in the old
The food service was a micro-waved prepared meal presented on a plastic plate. I learned that the full service diner was removed at the end of last year. For dinner I had the salmon, and on the return trip the chicken caesar salad and liked both.
while seated in the roomette was pleasant, sleeping was a different matter. The track condition made the car rock, and thus sleeping on one’s back was the safest method. If you prefer to sleep on your side, as I do, then one is rocked to such an extent that you could experience bruising. Also, the curtains in the room need to be tucked into a slot next to the glass, to eliminate the aisle lights which remain on all night and can reflect right onto your pillow placement. And as the toilet is en-suite, do make sure your shades to the world are drawn incase you come into a station, or pass a track work crew.
Sadly, Amtrak experiences second rate service, waiting on sidings for fast freight trains, thus affecting the on-time reliability.
Would I do it again. Yes.