My train from Chicago to Virginia was supposed to last 18 hours, leaving Chicago around 6pm on Thursday and arriving in at my Virginia stop at about 1:30pm on Friday. However, because of that ridiculous storm sweeping from West to East - I essentially booked a ticket to ride along with this storm as it inched across the country. Thus, my ride experience several delays along the way, resulting in about 6+ total delays at the end of my journey.
Here is how the train ride went for me.
1 hour in / 7pm
Good thing I brought my knitting
3 hours in / 9pm
Finished my knitting project
5 hours in / 11pm
and I'm trying to get comfortable enough to fall asleep in my seat
8 hours in / 2am
The train is stopped and they're making announcements about delays
11 hours in / 5 am
and the lights come back on
13 hours in / 7am
and they announce that the train is already delayed 3 hours
15 hours in / 9am
and the know-it-all train rider behind us won't stop talking...loudly.
16 hours in / 10 am
Talking to my seat-mate
17 hours in / 11am
and I'm looking at facebook pictures of the cakes my seat-mate decorates
18 hours in / 12pm
and they announce another delayed arrival time
that will later be delayed even more.
19 hours / 1pm
When they announce that there will be free food in the dining car
due to the extreme delays.
20 Hours in / 2pm
and my friend texts to ask how my trip is going
21 hours in / 3pm
and the train is stopped for track repairs
22 hours in / 4pm
and the conductor announces our next stop.
23 hours in / 5pm
My mom calls to tell me she's picking me up at an earlier stop,
so I'm going to get off the train an hour earlier than I thought!
24 hours in / 6pm
Literally 30 minutes away
In the Car with my Mom
PS - Part 1 of this insane journey.