We arrived safely in Denver yesterday morning - late. In fact, the Capitol was late into Chicago as well. We have no complaints about it really. The ride was generally comfortable even in the upper bunk where I spend my nights. In fact, I slept like a baby both nights on the train.
I admit I was a little surprised to find myself suffering a slight case of altitude sickness when we landed. I had a really awful headache and was actually dizzy a bit walking to our home away from home (Hostel Fish: www.hostelfish.com/). A lot of water and an Aleve and I was ready to rock. So last night we dined at Rio Grande in LoDo (that's Lower Downtown to us hip Denverites) with Bill Beagle and Susan Davies, friends of long-standing, who relocated to Colorado Springs from Pittsburgh (by way of Cleveland) several years ago. Susan is Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition (www.trailsandopenspaces.org/) so three cheers for her!
Today we took Denver's rapid transit train out to the airport just for the ride. Highlight for me were prairie dogs and a coyote strolling through the open spaces between Denver and its insane airport. It was enough for us to ride out, scout it out, and turn around and come back. Bill's taken a couple billion pictures which we will post at some point.
For now, we are plotting which of Denver's 17,000 restaurants to select for our last night. Tomorrow it's two days of travel with the trip over the Rockies to the end of the California Zephyr line in Emeryville, CA. Then after a six-hour layover (depending on delays, of course) we will hop on the Coast Starlight for the trip north to Portland. Opening our hearts to new adventures!
The Great Allegheny Passage Companion