You might enjoy travel, I certainly do. Then again, I'm the kind of person who falls asleep at take-off and wakes-up during the landing. My fellow travelers might not appreciate that since I've been told that I snore like some kind of Tyrannosaurus Rex with sleep apnea. But over a couple of decades I've learned a few things and I'd like to share one today. Trains RULE! Well, let me qualify that...trains to Chicago rule!
Chicago is a frequent destination for me. Coming from Eastern Michigan, you might think it's a quick drive across I-94, but not so. GPS mapping programs will estimate a drive from Grand Blanc, MI to Chicago to last about four and a half hours. But what the software doesn't know is that I-94 is hell in Winter, always, And I-94 ALWAYS has construction and is heavily travelled by freight haulers. This makes it the perfect combination of NOT getting there is under 5 hours, EVER!
The friendly skies offer a brief hour long flight with lots of options for travel times between Detroit and Chicago. But when you start stacking up the drive time to the airport, the delays in the security line and then the cramped flight itself you again end up at around five hours one way.
This bring me to trains. So when a friend first suggested the train a few years ago I thought, you've got to be kidding me, what an old fashioned, slow way to travel across country. And it turns out I was completely wrong! Not only do trains report their travel time accurately, which for my trips to Chicago is about four hours and forty-five minutes, they also cost about half of air travel. Business class on the train is roomier than most airport premium lounges and costs less than a coach air fare. Trains offer a dining car, free WiFi and absolutely no lines through security, ticket counters or other baggage checks. Oh, and they're pretty impervious to bad weather...they just push through while other sit on the tarmac or park in traffic jams. You simply buy your ticket online, show up, hop on with your bags and pick out a very roomy seat. Then work, sleep or take in the countryside...the views are fantastic.
So if you're up for something new, give the rails a try. Unless you find yourself seated next to me while I snore away the miles, you'll likely enjoy the change of pace.
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