I’ve driven as far as I need to on this trip, 70 miles to Flagstaff.
My neighbor was going to drive me here, but he shopped by 2 hours before our planned departure and said he was a bit too nauseous to drive. I was able to ask another friend to drive, even though it was his birthday!
But I thought to check options for long term parking in Flagstaff and saw that you can park for free at Pulliam airport, so that’s where Red Dog sits now. This works well since I return in 3 weeks in the evening, and I can then drive right home and save the cost of a hotel.
I’m in the coffee bar at the Hotel Monte Vista, a fab place 2 blocks from the train station, and where Giulia and I had a ton of fun last July on our mini road trip.
I’ve only got 12 hours in town; my trsin for Chicago then Cleveland leaves at 4:41am Ouch. It’s 36 hours to Chicago! But then I get to hang out a few hours with @drgarcia
The Amtrak app has some nice features to reference your tickets and train status. They also have some sort of Passport thing with checkins and badges (or stamps in their parlance). I might get bored of that in a day.