Station Stop: Alexandria, VA

Ok, enough of this train stuff. The sun's about to set and from hereon in, it's just standard northeast corridor stuff. I'm gonna watch a movie.

Things I learned: eat the veggie burger instead of the chicken sandwich on Amtrak (less scary unpronounceable ingredients), and always ride business class. Oh, South Carolina is incredibly lush and gorgeous, North Carolina looks more austere, and Virginia is stunning -- manicured to perfection.

I think this summer I'm going to try to take that 36 hour train up or down the Pacific coast.

11 hours on the train and counting... See you back in New York.

"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn