Anxiously awaiting the trip to begin. \240Been putting together items I will need on the journey. \240Flexibility will be the rule of the day and to expect the unexpected. \240Thanks in part to my children, that gifted me a traveling duffel bag for this purpose, I have a starting point as to what I can carry with me. \240In addition I have a soft side cooler to use for food. \240At this time it is purposeful thoughts about needs and wants.

123 Kennedy Ave S, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, USA

It has be interesting to hear people’s reactions to my plans. \240Anything form being plumb crazy to that is so cool, I am jealous of you. \240At any rate, idea’s keep being processed.

123 Kennedy Ave S, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, USA

For those who are wondering here is a map showing the entire routes. \240I do have other maps I will be use while aboard.

PITA is an acronym for Pete’s Insane Train Adventure.

123 Kennedy Ave S, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, USA

Today I started putting together my travel bag with items I need. \240In the process, most of what needs packing will have to wait to the last day. \240Clean clothes need to wait and also food that will need to be packed. \240Personal hygiene needs are most important, so a last minute haircut is in the works. \240Jean has agreed that shorter than her preference would be ok, besides she will not have to see me until later.

123 Kennedy Ave S, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, USA

Tonight I am still feeling calm and relaxed. \240It still seems a long way off yet my calendar says 5 days before I begin. \240What does have me anxious is the impending birth of a new grandchild. \240The time has now arrived with a new granddaughter. \240

123 Kennedy Ave S, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, USA

One day of “work” to go and then it’s time to get on the road (Rail Road). \240First the Family is giving me a retirement party as well as my birthday party. \240For one day a year I get to pretend to be Irish, tomorrow is that day!

With a fresh hair cut tonight, I can check that off the list. \240Next is the printing of tickets, and finish packing my bag. \240Also get my cooler ready for food for the trip. \240And for those that do not know, you are allowed to bring food on board.

123 Kennedy Ave S

Leg #1 map

Today is leg#1, and as usual weather is a factor. \240Cold and breezy conditions, so for anyone who has said it will be a cold day in h… when I get on the train, today’s your day! \240Since the scheduled boarding is tonight at 9:45 pm, I still have time to watch the weather and make any necessary adjustments. \240More later!

1015 Bluestem Ln, Lester Prairie, MN 55354, USA

I am leaving the home now and on my way to Red Wing, MN to get on the train. \240Checking the Amtrak App indicates that the train is currently on time. \240A lot can happen in three hours, but it is hopeful.

Screen shot of current location.

Red Wing Depot

At Red Wing

The start is soon, the train is slightly late but not too bad. \240At first it looked as if I was the only passenger in Red Wing. But others have now started to arrive.

HC7Q+WM Red Wing, MN, USA

And we are off on the adventure. \24010:05 pm! \240Next stop for me is Seattle.

8Q8G+F8 Hannaford, ND, USA

So I wake up this morning and we are near Hannaford, ND. \240Hmm, not sure why, since Hanford is not on the route for Amtrak. \240Am I being kidnapped?

J2H2+2V Dundas, ND, USA

I was asking for an adventure, sure looks like I am on one. \240And I have to say that the snow pack is beautiful.

According to the car attendant, there were weather related issues in the Grand Forks area and no passengers to pickup, thus the alternative route.

Amtrak station

My seat

The mask is not required for Amtrak, but is recommended. \240Trying to be safe for my granddaughter tomorrow who is anxiously awaiting my arrival.

Minot Amtrak Station

Here we are in Minot after an interesting adventure on alternative tracks from Fargo. \240This is a scheduled fuel/maintenance stop on Amtrak, able to get outside Brr and get some fresh air.

I was surprised to have so many people departing and boarding here. \240Apparently that is why the saying “why not Minot”.

869W+6X Berthold, ND, USA

For those that wish to see the inside of a coach car:

Inside the observation car on the table side.

Cafe is under this car.

The observation side of the car.

Here the seats face outward with dome windows.

Coach car

This is where the seating is located both upper and some lower. \240It is also where we will find the lavatories on the lower level.

963H+CG Berthold, ND, USA

Currently stopped. \240Apparently some ice chunks disrupting the air brake system.

Here is my current view!

47 Main Ave, Frazer, MT 59225, USA

The sun has been out most of the day on this leg of travel and the overwhelming sight has been the snow cover. \240But has also meant that the wildlife is out and about. I have seen pheasants, coyotes, deer, coyotes, pronghorns and more coyotes. \240Did I mention coyotes? \240I have seen more coyotes in this trip than any time before total. \240Perhaps it is because there’s so much snow, they are easier to spot or they are hungry or both.

Havre Amtrak station

Now in Havre Montana for fuel and fresh air. \240The above picture is outside my window. \240Just did a FaceTime visit with Amber and Theo. \240His reaction to this train engine was “ That’s old”! \240Got to love it! \240Be at thir place this time tomorrow and also my new Grandaugher, yea!

For the trivia buffs, Havre is the birthplace of the Big Budd tractors.

CX6F+JF Krupp, WA, USA

Good morning Washington! \240I had a good night sleep last night, still on Central time zone though. \240The PITA is nearing the completion of the first leg. \240Tracker says I should arrive on time, perhaps a little early.

Outside of Leavenworth WA

2 Riverfront Dr, Cashmere, WA 98815, USA

Soon will be stopping at the Icicle Station at Leavenworth, WA. Known as a tourist stop for the restyle into a German / Bavarian style city. \240After this point the train will be near capacity.

Shortly after that will be the Cascade Tunnel, the longest railway tunnel in the USA. \240As a trivia buff myself this is exciting!

8108 Naketa Beach Walk, Mukilteo, WA 98275, USA

Can’t get much closer to the water than this.

1200 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, USA

On the 1-line after de-boarding train

1 Line

1-line station

My car

King street Station


Grandpa gets to meet grand daughter for first time. \240This makes the first leg of the trip worthwhile. \240


My wife arrived this afternoon via airplane, to join me for the next week as we celebrate our new granddaughter. \240Journal entries this week will center around our family. \240

On the bright side today is sunny but cool. \240No snow on the ground around here and the perennial shrubs are starting to flower. \240And green grass!


Today was a very mild and sunny day here in Burien. \240High today was around 60 and very low winds. \240Because tomorrow’s forecast is more typical for the area, rainy and cool, with highs in the 40’s,we took advantage and walked around the neighborhood. \240

The piano fountain with a koi pond at the bottom.

Street view. \240GREEN!

Just one of the many flowering shrubs starting to bloom. \240This is a Japanese Camillina.


Much cooler today and on again off again showers. \240Perfect day to be indoors with my grandkids.


Another cold and wind day today. \240Sounds like one more day before it slowly warms up again. \240Of course the plus side is being indoors with our grandkids playing trucks, reading or just simply holding.


I apologize to any waiting for a daily blog. \240Yesterday has been a continuing of the previous days here in Burien. \240Holding Teiko and playing with Theo. \240Of note for anyone wondering, Teiko is becoming more alert to her surroundings. \240This has been fun to see.


Tomorrow morning I start on Leg #2 of my PITA.

Leg #2 route

All has been going well here with my grandson and granddaughter. \240Even though it has been a week, I am seeing changes every day with my granddaughter. \240She is becoming more alert to her surroundings and enjoys the constant cuddles she is getting from all 4 grandparents, her brother, and parents. \240Can you spoil a 2 week old child?

I am doing some shopping today for provisions on the ride.


I have some new travel companions. \240

The Heelers with baby T

Introducing the Heeler Family. \240I will get to know their names as we travel together and see new places.

Tukwila International Boulevard Station

The trip begins anew.

The Heeler family is with me

1001 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, USA

I met a friend for the trip. \240Elena!

We are now leaving King Street Station in Seattle. \240Weather is cool with high clouds. I saw Mt Ranier on the way here, I hope that remains.

R7P2+9C Ridgefield, WA, USA

Just outside of Portland, OR. \240

Everything is green for the crops. \240There is water every where, so we know there has been recent rains. \240Checking the forecasts along my route, I will be entering into a winter storm at the southern end of Oregon. \240I will not see much since it will be dark as I pass through that area

5601 S Anderson Rd, Aurora, OR 97002, USA

Only 18 minutes late

So far a rainy train ride in Oregon.

Not too much to see at the moment!

The Cafe below the observation car.

Klamath Falls Station

It’s late by 23 min. \240But should arrive in Sacramento on time!🙏🙏

1140 Richvale Hwy, Oroville, CA 95965, USA

Good morning all. \240Had a tough night last night sleeping. \240Not anxiety, but a wiggly little 9 year old girl Elena. \240Still got some and still dark outside,

Sacramento Valley Station

Made it on time to the Sacramento Valley Station slightly late and now face a 5 hour layover. \240Time to talk to new neighbors.

The Heeler family is still going my way

Leg three is only hours away!

Leg three route

So far sunny California is not. \24046 degree and currently light misty rainfall. \240Better luck next time! 🤞

Time for some breakfast of yogurt.

Sacramento Valley Station

The California Zephyr is on time today. \240Let’s hope it stays that way. \240The Zephyr yesterday was not running due to weather conditions I have been told. The seat today is the furthest back I can get, but it will be the best as far as luggage totes today with ample room behind my seat.

My seat #68 of 68 in coach

My personal luggage space.

A look out the back of the train


Colfax Station

Been seeing snow on my way from Sacramento California to Reno since Auburn. \240I sure I will be seeing more.

Gold Run Rest Area East Bound

Even though it is overcast, the scenery is wonderful.

42340 Emigrant Gap Rd, Emigrant Gap, CA 95715, USA

Met the west bound.

21031 Donner Pass Rd, Soda Springs, CA 95728, USA
9V5F+HG Truckee, CA, USA

The train and Truckee River. \240For trivia buffs, the Truckee River is the outlet flow for Lake Tahoe. \240It flows into Pyramid Lake in Nevada and evaporates.

Reno Station

Not what I was expecting in Reno, NV


HHQ2+MH Clark, NV, USA

How quickly the environment changes!

HWC8+M3 Fernley, NV, USA

The those that are following the Heeler family.


Arrived in Winnemucca as darkness descended.

Amtrak Station - SLC

Good morning America! \240And again good night.

XMF6+5W Tucker, UT, USA

Now am up for the day in Utah.

The current view:

7JHF+5H Woodside, UT, USA

Here’s the Heeler family enjoying watching me

Black Rocks V

Now in Colorado traveling along the Colorado river.

Grand Junction Station

Fresh air break!

Grand Junction station

Noon and lunch time

The Heeler family is eating lunch

Lunch today is consisting of nuts and a beef stick. \240Trying to not over eat for the trip duration for multiple reasons. \240These are no salt so I don’t over drink, but are satisfying. \240The beef stick is also low salt and sugars. \240I would rate them as MEH! \240

I also have along various dried fruits, again without added sugars of which my favorite is the dried Mangos. \240I just have make sure I don’t overeat them or I will be running better than the train!

Heeler family is in Lounge car watching the world go by.

I’m only on my third leg of my trip, but I have to say I am still very impressed as to how well it has been going and the variety of people I have met. \240It has been very relaxing!

43001 US-6, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA

As I am traveling along the Colorado River and it’s reddish hues, I can understand the naming of the River. \240Many of the streams feeding it are also very red.

All the hills where water runs off are red.

2HP4+4X Kremmling, CO, USA

Was out of cell selfie some time. \240Here are a bunch of pictures.

WP58+MJ Coal Creek Canyon, CO, USA
Commerce City Diamond Railroad Crossing

Waiting outside of Denver Station for rail to clear. \240Tomorrow morning? \240Hopefully in Omaha!

Lovely veiw isn’t it!

Amtrak Lincoln Station

Good morning Lincoln NE!

View out my window

Train ride overnight night was a bit rough. \240Still slept somewhat well.

18407 Greenleaf St, Omaha, NE 68136, USA

Sunrise ear Omaha and no snow or rain!

The weather is definitely better than that back home where snow is expected.

The train is running about 2.5 hours late at this point. \240But no worries yet. \240It will just reduce my layover hours in Chicago.

6015 1/2 S 13th St, Omaha, NE 68107, USA

The Heeler family is still sleeping.

They had a rough night last night, so I will let them sleep yet.

2H7G+M7 Emerson, IA, USA

Nothing like good old Iowa farm land!

364X+F9 Albia, IA, USA

Looks to me as if Passover has already occurred and Moses is bringing this train through a opening the weather warning areas.

Snapshot of radar weather from My Radar.

Ottumwa Station

Fresh air break and 69 degrees

Ottumwa Iowa station platform

Last car on Amtrak

My seat is just inside the door to the right.

Burlington Station

About to cross the mighty Mississippi

Mighty Mississippi

2PQJ+8J Wataga, IL, USA

I guess it is not so easy to get agriculture out of me!

Illinois farm land

The train is filling again as we get closer to Chicago. \240And according to my radar app, rain is following us into Chicago, so far we are out running the rain.

907 Burlington Ave, Western Springs, IL 60558, USA

Just entering into the suburbs of Chicago. \240Will be following a commuter train to the Union Station. \240The last ETA puts it close to 3 hrs late. \240Still plenty of time to catch the next train out for leg #4.

Chicago Union Station

This one’s for Tom, the Chick-fil-A fan.

Fountain at Union Station in Chicago

The Chicago Union Station is a very busy spot. \240The Amtrak has many trains going in and out of this station daily. Besides the California Zephyr I came in on, it is the beginning and ending the following: \240Lakeshore Limited, (which is my next train at 9:30pm), the Texas Eagle, the Southwest Chief, the Empire Builder, the City of New Orleans, the Capital Limited, the Cardinal, the Hiawatha, Illinois Service, the Lincoln Service/Missouri River Runner, and Michigan Services. \240

In addition there are the Chicago area commuter trains and Bus Services. \240Yes it is busy!

Chicago Union Station

Just boarded the Lakeshore Limited for Boston. \240Due to leave at \2409:30 pm for Leg #4.

732 W Leggett St, Wauseon, OH 43567, USA

I awoke to conductor talk. \240Power lines are down ahead of us due to tornado/storm damages.

G28H+RV Port Clinton, OH, USA

Good morning! \240Because of weather related issues we are running 3 hours late. \240On the bright side I will get to have Glimpses of Lake Erie! \240The picture below is associated with Lake Erie which is just on the other side of the land you see.

Sandusky Bay

5300 Whiskey Island Dr, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA

Just outside of Cleveland.

Lake Erie.

Amtrak Station - ERI

Just a stop in Erie to board passengers.

The Heeler family.

Erie PA Station

1065 US-20, Irving, NY 14081, USA

Additional photos of Lake Erie. \240Next stop is outside of Buffalo NY.

Amtrak - Buffalo Depew Station

Fresh air break for all, slightly cool but tolerant without a coat.

53 Canal St, Rochester, NY 14608, USA

Here is a picture of a travel buddy that got on in Sacramento and shared the back end of the train with.

Ron O’Conner

Ron was a former minor leaguer for the Cincinnati Reds out of St Louis. \240We will be splitting our ways after Albany, NY.


For those that need to know. \240The Lakeshore Limited does not use the Superliner car because of some tunnel and bridge height restrictions. \240Most of the amenities are similar but are all one the same level. \240I found the seats don’t recline as much ☹️ but the restrooms have more space🙂, however there are only two per car. \240So you have to wait your turn.

At least I had room to take a picture.

Amfleet II coach car

The rear facing seats are reserved for passengers with disabilities or children.

Syracuse Regional Transit Center, Syracuse, NY

Syracuse NY

Onondaga Lake at Syracuse NU

3500 Court St, Syracuse, NY 13206, USA

So, I am now into the first true issue I have encountered with Amtrak personally. \240Beginning the third hour of a mechanical issue. \240As of right now that puts me into Boston around 5-6 hours late or around 2:00 am tomorrow. \240Good thing I have an extra day planned already.

767 Taft Ave, Syracuse, NY 13206, USA

Yep still here!

Complementary gift from Amtrak

Some friends enjoying the Heeler Family. \2405 year old twins on a “short trip” to see grandma! \240Little did they know a two hour ride has already been extended by over 3 hours. \240Kind of like Gilligan’s Island for them!

The best of my knowledge is we are awaiting a new engine to pull train.

Ooh we just started moving!

Utica, Boehlert Transportation Center, 321 Main St, Utica, NY 13501, USA

Just had to add this for the train transportation lovers.

Train Station Amtrak

Made to Albany. \240The train splits here. \240Half \240goes to Boston (my half), the other half goes to New York City.

Union Station Platform C

Springfield, MA and two more hours to go. \240Lost a bunch of travel friends here. \240Some are going skiing in New Hampshire. \240One guy is going to his new job at a golf course in Maine another just going home to pack up and move to another town. \240Yeah you get to meet all kinds. \240And I forgot about the guy who is coming back from visiting his girlfriend in Wisconsin, begging her to come back with him.

South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Made it!

The Revolution Hotel

In the room and going to sleep! \240Good night all

The Revolution Hotel

Today is Palm Sunday and I am in Boston. \240Thanks to those at church praying for me on my ventures. \240And yes I saw the sharing of the peace. \240Thanks to those who shared with me on line, and peace be with you also.

Boston Blues

After an unexpected long day yesterday I have made it to Boston. \240Arrived early this morning to the hotel around 3:00 am. \240I awakened at 11:30 am, showered and rearranged my duffel bags. \240Now am ready to search nearby for some food.

Huevos Rancheros

Decided breakfast at the restaurant inside the hotel, Cosmica. \240

Flour Bakery + Cafe

My Boston treat:

Of course I had to share! \240

Part of display

Another part

Another part

Will need to come back here again!

Part of menu

Display cases and pay counter.

Seating area

If I had known about this place before I ate breakfast, I would’ve come here instead, and was only a six minute walk away from the hotel. For anyone traveling through Boston, look up this place.

Some sites along the way from the hotel to the bakery and back.

Brick sidewalks

Brick sidewalks, very uneven!

Row Houses

Row Houses

Building sign

The Heeler family is also with me.

The Revolution Hotel

Artwork outside of elevators


Tote bag for Toiletries with towels for the common WC on the floor

The WC

The Revolution Hotel has some interesting features. It is very clean overall. \240Interesting artwork all around. \240Room is small yet comfortable. \240They use a common WC for the floor, in each are five privacy rooms that contain a sink toilet and shower. \240For the short stay here I can enjoy it. \240The turnoff for most people is the common WC. \240To have to get up in the middle of the night requires you to head down the hallway hoping that any of the Privacy rooms are open.

The WC

I knew the Revolution Hotel had a setup like this and chose it anyway. \240Looking for rooms in Boston I found to be very expensive. \240I checked out Hostels as an option, but found this to be a step up (private rooms) at very little increase in cost, and yet half the price of most hotels around Boston especially around the Rail Station.

What I discovered last night and again today, the Amtrak has a stop about 5 minutes walk away from here, and possibly runs in a tunnel underneath the hotel. \240I could have gotten off there and not used Lyft to get here, but again, not familiar with the area, better safe than sorry.


Moussaka for dinner before I sleep. \240Early morning tomorrow.

It was good! \240This a first for me. \240Might have to try making it myself at home.

South Station

Good morning Readers. \240Here at Boston South Station to begin my next leg of travel to Washington DC.

Being a normal commuter rail traffic is the highest I will encounter on my trip. \240Being on time and early is a must.

Some photos inside the station

And this Family keeps following me. \240I am start to get suspicious 🤨 about their motives! \240

An Acela poster.

I realize that I did not take the Acela, but this does represent my route!

Boston-South Station

One of the first people on the train! 👍

Following views are track bays/platforms.

My car!

Being that this is a more regular rail service seating is definitely tighter for leg space.

Station Row

Providence RI

Entering station

With each stop more people are getting on.

Leaving Station.

397 Old Baptist Rd, North Kingstown, RI 02852, USA

This guy is cruising!

The fastest speed so far. \240Only the Acela train runs faster. \240I noted the Acela was going 141 mph right now.

171 Stonington Rd, Pawcatuck, CT 06379, USA

Some nice views.

Thames River Bridge (Amtrak)

Coming into New London, CT

New London, CT (Union Station adjacent to train station building at parking lanes facing the station platform)

New London Station

511 Lafayette St, Bridgeport, CT 06604, USA

Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT

Stamford Train Station, 100 Station Pl, Stamford, CT 06902, USA

Coming into Stamford, CT


Pelham Bay Railroad Bridge, Pelham Railroad Bridge, Bronx, NY 10475, USA

Some train views

3113 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105, USA

Views of New York City as we come int Penn Station

4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, USA

Entering into New York Penn Station

Portal Bridge

Leaving New York City. \240

4 Chestnut Ave, Trenton, NJ 08609, USA

Trenton, NJ Station

Amtrak/SEPTA Station

New speed record!

Next stop Philadelphia, PA

Amtrak Philadelphia Train Station

Views entering Philadelphia, PA

Next stop Wilmington, DE

Amtrak Station @ Front-French

Approaching Wilmington, DE

Wilmington Station

Leaving Wilmington next is Baltimore

Baltimore Penn Station

Some images after Wilmington

Susquehanna River

Yes there is some farmers around here

Bush River

Baltimore Penn Station

It has been a full train ride since Stamford, CT \240at each stop just as many people get on as get off. \240The largest group was New York City!

Next stop Washington DC

5452 85th Ave, Lanham, MD 20706, USA

New speed record.

Washington Union

I made to Washington DC!

Station Platform

Great Hall

Heeler Family lunch

Hustle and Bustle of the station

40 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

So what do you do in Washington DC with only 4 hrs? \240Not much, and that is especially true if you need to tote your bags everywhere you go. \240Here’s what I did just outside of the Station! \240Sunny and 70

Grand Entrance to Union Station

Capital Dome in background

The Freedom Bell

Flag pole base

Eagle statue on flagpole base.

Union Station

Pull my bags has my back hurting. \240It’s an awkward pull and I felt something pop! 😩. Needless to say I must rest and go on😏.

I am awaiting Leg # 6. \240New Orleans here we come.

430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

On the way! Yeah!

604 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

The ride to New Orleans has been good so far, as far as my posts are concerned, not so good. \240I believe there was a calling from God for me to listen to my seat mate. \240Ironically her name is Jean! \240The story is complicated and I will need to contemplate the issues first. \240Needless to say I believe that God brought her to me for her emotional support. \240More later!

Good night.