Imagine my delight when I discovered a fresh pot of coffee in our sleeper car! It was surprisingly good coffee, too. In fact, this trip was a treasure as far as coffee goes, because the two hotels in which we stayed were equipped with Keurig coffee makers in every room. For an addict like me, that made up for other inconveniences such as lost luggage and a sleepless night on the train.
Breakfast wasn't a gourmet delight, but there were many choices offered, and considering the conditions under which the cooks and waiters work, it was wonderful, much better than what you find in motels that offer breakfast. The other meals were great, and since our meals were paid for, we could choose anything on the menu. The steak was very good. Twice I opted for a nice big salad with chicken strips for lunch.
After finding the coffee that first morning, I returned to our roomette and told Cliff he might as well climb down and play footsie with me on the lower bunk.
Time sort of drags when you're riding a train for twenty-four hours one way, so we really looked forward to meals to break the monotony. There is an observation car where anyone can sit, so we went up there a few times; but it was often filled to capacity.
This shows all the stops made by the Southwest Chief. We boarded in Kansas City and got off at Williams Junction. We met a lot of people who were headed from one coast to the other, which would probably take the better part of three days... maybe longer. Click HERE for all the details on the Southwest Route.
To be continued...