The One With A Roomette

Date : 12/30/24

Location: Silver Meteor Roomette #1

Packs are awkward things.  Sure, once they’re strapped on your body, they’re really comfortable — or so I’ve been told.

My base weight — as I understand the term, is in the 25# range.  That number includes the backpack 🎒, tent ⛺, and sleep system (sleeping bag, foam pad) 💤, minimal clean clothing 👕🩳 (if any), and several jackets 🧥, etc.

Adding food 🥣, water 💦, and non-negotiable stuff like medications really ups that weight.  Quickly!  Even if you’re Davy Crockett or Daniel Boon, foraging off the land, eating squirrels 🐿️, and hiking isn’t a practical option.

A major obstacle — the pack has numerous straps, external pockets — and no way to secure the pack’s contents.

Now ask yourself, what fun items might be inside the the pack or those external pockets? 

Most likely, sharp knives 🔪 — and explosive cooking gas ⛽.

For all those reasons, I decided to take the train 🚆 from Baltimore, MD, to Key West, FL, or at least as far south as the train would take me — which is Miami, FL.  Once in Miami, I’ll complete my southerly sojourn via Greyhound bus.

Another reason for taking the train 🚆, it seems cool.

Amanda and I enjoy taking the train 🚆 when traveling between Baltimore and NYC.  We’re generally able to get up and walk around.  The aisles are wide.  And — Amtrak offer private sleeper cars!

I opted for an overnight Roomette vice a private Sleeper Car.  Beyond room size, I’m unclear on what the differences are,   My Roomette between DC and Miami cost approximately $500, and includes private sleeping quarters (for 2), room service — with all meals included in the price (dinner, breakfast, lunch, and perhaps a second dinner), etc.

Dinner is served.

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