Saturday, May 8, 2010

2004 Train Trip – Part 4 – 10/26/04

We woke up and walked along the Lake Front to Navy Pier, where Brenda and I went onto a haunted pirate boat.  We then walked around the city on Michigan Avenue for the rest of the day. 

We went to Chicago’s Union Station on Canal Street, played some pool while we waited for the train, and then boarded.  Our dinner waitress was rude to pretty much everyone at our dinner table.  (I later wrote a letter to Amtrak about this individual).  The waitress didn’t know anything about the meals or the desert when asked, and she said about her service, “This is as good as it gets.” I later found out that Amtrak is made up of two different geographical management groups; one that handles points West and Southwest of Chicago, and the other that handles points East.  Amtrak told me themselves that the group that manages the Western United States routes is much better and customer friendly.

We had dinner with two older women, on from Buffalo, New York, and the other from Manhattan.  Both were about the same age and were very nice women.

On this leg, we had an economy room, which is not as big as a deluxe room and doesn’t have it’s own shower.  Brenda, as compact as she is, hardly fit.  She slept on the top bed.  Luckily, for the rest of the trip, we would have deluxe rooms, as we had from LA to Chicago.