Amtrak AutoTrain - any suggestions/warnings???

Discussion in 'Americas' started by FAW3, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Steve Hunt

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    Yep, I'll have to eventually do it for the experience, the idea of loading up in the afternoon and waking up in VA and going riding from there is pretty cool.
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  2. Steve Hunt

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  3. acejones

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  4. kantuckid

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    via google-USPS using tax money was ended in 1983-they do get fave treatment in other ways. Amtrak is basically something that gets eastern corridor people to work from their enclaves in the burbs via tax money?:huh
    Riding a train and MC's don't come together for me...
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  5. FLARider1

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    Actually when you live in south FLA, have limited amount of vacation and are traveling 2 up, the train works very well. Its a days to just get out of Florida and than another day back into Homestead. To put it in perspective, for a trip we have planned this summer to New Foundland we plan to use the auto-train, that allows me to leave Homestead Saturday morning and be in Scanton, PA or further Sunday night. 1200-1400 miles ++ , 2 up pretty much overnight. I can do 650-800 mile days on the bike, no problem, but the other half can't........so the train kills a whole bunch of miles and all around makes the ride much more pleasant. Same as taking a ferry on some trips, you just might not have the time to ride around so you take the ferry to compensate.

    For east coast travel the train has its place. Especially if you are just trying to get up and down the coast, not all destinations and vacation times allow one to meander through the Smokies.
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  6. kantuckid

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    A "pizza trip" is about as far as my other half wants on the pillion seat. I get your train point. FWIW, I would not personally want to travel far on the tiny seat.
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  7. FLARider1

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    LOL! Mine likes to ride and we have thought about putting her on her bike but she has shiny-thing syndrome too bad!! I have pushed her to just over 500 miles in a day but about 400 is her normal limit, which is still respectable! I have had her seat modified a bit so she stays fairly comfortable.
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  8. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Have you ever ridden your motorcycle from Kansas City to Denver?

    If so, then you'd understand the desire for an East-West Autotrain.
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  9. kantuckid

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    I'm from Kansas & have been out that way a bunch. Find someone else to complain to about the plains, I actually miss them at times.:cry I-70 is OK in a car to cover some ground headed west but on a bike there are better routes such as US36 and the route around Denver to the north. years ago I took a gravel road from CO Springs area(was the new at the time Continental Divide Raceway) far into KS for hours on end. Try some of that If I had to choose a trip across W KS & E CO vs say the North eastern corridor(where half the USA lives in wad between Boston & VA) through lots of traffic & polluted air or LA CA with even worse air(and the other half of the pop of the USA) as compared to the plains with big skies,no traffic that matters,open throttle & clean air and more sunshine days than most places in the USA, I'll take that open road every time unless I'm after twisties in the mtns where I live now.
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  10. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Thanks, that was helpful.
    I'll store my normal riding gear in a duffel bag that I use for my MX gear.

    Potentially stupid question:
    Do people just strip down to their street clothes in the loading area?
    I mean, where/when do I throw all my gear into the duffel bag?
    I plan on having my street clothes underneath.
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