Every journey begins with a single step

Or in this case, radio transmission:

“2063 Dispatch”

“2063 go ahead”

“10-6 Out of county, destination Quantico Virginia, returning in September”

After six months of getting ready to go, it is hard to believe I am actually here.  As difficult as it was to actually pull out of my driveway, the trip itself was quite easy.  The auto train was the way to go for this trip and I met three other Florida N.A students on the train.  There was a lounge car where we met and swapped stories and the view from the train was a whole lot more interesting than the “every mile looks the same” view on the interstate.  Dining was done cruise style and I was seated with Mike, the Assistant Chief of Lauderhill PD and Henri and Jean, an older couple who travel Amtrak regularly.  Henri was born in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) and spent five years of his childhood in Nazi occupied Holland.  He came to the US as an engineer for Bell Labs in the 1950s, and still works as a consultant; he was very interesting man to talk to.

Amtrak has their auto train system down to a science.  If you go, have the bags you want to take with you on the train close at hand, because they take your car once you pull into the terminal.  There are no TSA type security hassles at all.  Once we arrived at Lorton VA, it took about an hour to get the last automobile off the train.  I know, because mine was one of the last five or so.

Lounge car with Wendy, Mike, and David - all headed to the NA
Lounge car with Wendy, Mike, and David – all headed to the NA
Lots of small towns
Lots of small towns
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Disembarkation
Disembarkation
The auto cars are double decker.  Actually the entire train is double decker, my seat was on the top of the train.
The auto cars are double decker. Actually the entire train is double decker, my seat was on the top of the train.
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