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Old 07-15-2013, 03:42 PM   #31
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Sounds like it was a hectic time with all the moving and everything. Can't wait to read more.
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Oh Lord, that sounds like such an ordeal! Road trips at night... not great!
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #33
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Great beginning, funny only people from up north knows what a Cumberland Farms is. Yeah if you don't know which fast food restaurant's to stop at they are really scary.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #34
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Great beginning, funny only people from up north knows what a Cumberland Farms is. Yeah if you don't know which fast food restaurant's to stop at they are really scary.
I do miss my Cumby's down here in Naples! Circle K and 7-Eleven just aren't the same!!!

It FREAKED me out to know those two were on the road at night 1400 miles away from me. You don't know glad I was to see them when they finally arrived in Florida!!!
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:36 AM   #35
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Are you packed for your mini-gettaway??!! So excited for yall!!! You're going to love AKL for sure!

Have a great weekend!
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:19 AM   #36
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Hi Heather!!!!!

Emma is on her way as we speak! She's in Baltimore waiting for her connecting flight. I CAN'T wait to see her!!! I have a feeling we're both going to be racking up the frequent flier miles between the two of us going back and forth between SW Florida and Northern New England.

So excited for this weekend and for AKL on Tuesday! AAAAAHHHH!!! Hahahah!

You too, have a great weekend!!!

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Joining in! Love all the excitement, err weird experiences you have already had so far! Looking forward to the rest
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Perhaps on the next road trip, you avoid CT all together My sister lives up there in Glastonbury, so I'll have to ask her about Enfield.

Now for more...you left us hanging! Oh and did you realize you'll be at WDW in just a few short days
I think that's probably a good idea!!

I know, I'm so sorry! I got caught up in the trip planning business! I promise one will be up VERY shortly!!

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Sounds like it was a hectic time with all the moving and everything. Can't wait to read more.
Yay! Welcome! It was very hectic, but very worth it as well! Thank you!!

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It so was!! I enjoyed having the road to ourselves, but night driving is just awful all around!!

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Great beginning, funny only people from up north knows what a Cumberland Farms is. Yeah if you don't know which fast food restaurant's to stop at they are really scary.
I know! I always forget about things like that because it seems so natural to me to say Cumbys! Not knowing the lay of the land is always difficult! But I'm very glad we did it and it wasn't too bad!!

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Yay! Thank you!! They were definitely weird experiences!! Thank you!
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How was yall's trip to AKL????!!!! Or are you still there? If so, hope you're having a great time!

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I am joining in for this TR! We were there at the same exact time and stayed at the Beach Club! So you never know, we may have crossed paths at some point!
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How was yall's trip to AKL????!!!! Or are you still there? If so, hope you're having a great time!

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Hi Heather!!! Thank you for asking!!!! Back as of late last night! It was GREAT! Emma has tons of pictures that I'm sure she'll post. We had a decent view - we were on the Kudu trail so we were able to see some animals! We packed a lot in to 3 days and unfortunately, Emma flew back to Vermont last night (HATE that part of it) - but hopefully she'll be back really soon!!! I got her an annual pass, so maybe that will be a incentive for her.

Take care - Nancy

Oh, and for everyone: Emma's laptop died a painful death just before she came last week, so we had to rush out to get another one for her when she got here - she's in the process of moving everything over (luckily from a backup hard drive) - so she should be updating soon!!!!

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Hi Heather!!! Thank you for asking!!!! Back as of late last night! It was GREAT! Emma has tons of pictures that I'm sure she'll post. We had a decent view - we were on the Kudu trail so we were able to see some animals! We packed a lot in to 3 days and unfortunately, Emma flew back to Vermont last night (HATE that part of it) - but hopefully she'll be back really soon!!! I got her an annual pass, so maybe that will be a incentive for her.

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Yay! So glad yall had a nice trip together. Knew you would! Can't wait to see her pics. I bet she had that camera by her side the entire trip You're such a sweet mom to get her that annual pass. Now she'll be able to snag some good resort deals - but of course you get the FL Resident deals, too. So, yall should definitely be set with Disney incentives


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Oh, and for everyone: Emma's laptop died a painful death just before she came last week, so we had to rush out to get another one for her when she got here - she's in the process of moving everything over (luckily from a backup hard drive) - so she should be updating soon!!!!

Oh geez! Computers are great when they function, but we're lost with out them. Good thing she had backup My computer keeps acting up. I'm holding my breath that it will make it one more semester at least.

Ok, Emma - brand new computer = extra nice Trip Report

Yall have a nice weekend!
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It was wonderful! It was sad to leave, but we had a great time! I will be posting some pictures, but I have to get rolling on this one first, right??

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Yay! Welcome! Oh, how exciting! I really want to stay at the BC! It's beautiful! Did you like it?
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We got to the autotrain station just before 8:00am, right when they opened! Perfect timing!!



I had to pee so bad, so I RAN inside to use the rest room. The station was empty at this time in the morning, so I could take some pictures without people!





We had to wait a bit to check in, but once everything was settled, we hopped back in the car and looked for breakfast.

Our little info booklet!!



We plugged in a Dunkin Donuts into my phone’s GPS and the car GPS, and got really excited when it said there was one! We literally could not find it! It was bad. This was the first and only scuffle we had! We were both very tired and hungry, and that combination doesn’t work very well. We ended up just choosing the McDonalds that was right there, and I got the egg mcmuffin and Troy had the breakfast burritos. Once we had food in our bellies we were feeling much better.

We got back to the train station at 9:30am. We could check our car at 11:30 and the earliest we could board was 2:00. We had a TON of time to kill, so we plunked ourselves down in the seats and I Instagrammed and read magazines while Troy played on his phone.

We waited for what seemed like forever watched more and more people trickle in. The train arrived back from Sanford, so we watched people unload and wait for their cars. The process was strange, as each car is given a number, and the worker calls the number over the loud speaker, one by one as the car is driven off the train. Then, the passenger goes outside to claim their car. It took so long, and by the time the last few numbers were called, I was DYING to move around.

We went out to our car and brought it around to where you’re supposed to line up to check vehicles. There was already a line forming, so we hopped in line about 8 cars back.

The train was here!!



It was HOT and we waited for a while for the line to start moving, but once it did, we were moved through pretty quickly!







We finally checked our car at 12:30 and it was quick and painless! Except for the pizza…remember the slices we kept in the box? Well, as I was hurrying to get my luggage out, I accidentally hit the pizza box and it came tumbling down to the ground. I was holding my tote bag, purse, and my pillow, so my hands were full. I was having the hardest time trying to manage to bend over a pick it up, and all of a sudden I hear a man with a very thick accent yell “NO!” I jumped and turned, and this man came flying over and picked it up and handed it to me! LOL! I was so embarrassed! I mean a Dominos pizza box- which obviously had to fly open and dump the uneaten pizza slices on the ground!!! I was literally dying! I threw it in the back of the car and literally ran inside! It was awful! Troy had no idea what was going on because he was on the other side of the car! It was a very strange situation!!

We didn’t get to see them actually load it on the train, though! We went back in and sat again in the station and waited. Again. We were hungry, so we went to the gift shop and grabbed two turkey and cheese sandwiches. Now, these sandwiches were very good, but I don’t think they were worth $8 each...do you?



We split one for lunch, and I packed the other one in my carryon for later. We also got a to go hummus and pretzel thing which was so good! I love those things! However, if I was going to do this again, I would bring my own food or leave to get it outside the station. The prices are insane- worse than Disney!! Anyway, we snacked on our food and waited...

Until 2:45pm when we were called to board because they were running 15 minutes late. We were getting delirious at this point. People were squishing into the rows and it was just not a fun time. We needed fresh air, so as they started calling people to board, we jumped up and made our way outside. We walked along the train reading the car numbers...none of them said our number. I was getting a bit panicked, but there were so many people around us and it was such a small platform that we had to just keep moving! We finally found our car wayyyy at the end. When we first got on, I was shocked at how narrow it was! I had been on a train in France in high school, but I had forgotten what it was like! It was definitely something to get used to. We had a Superliner Roomette, so it was pretty tiny at first, but once we got situated and used to it, it felt comfortable. I tried to take as many pictures as possible to share, but they didn’t come out great.

Looking across from my seat to the side of Troy’s. (We had seats facing each other)







Troy took the camera and snapped a shot of the storage space next to my seat.





Excuse the tiredness, but I wanted to show the seat. My pillow came in really handy at night because the pillows the train provides were very stiff and little.



The table folds down here, but it was sticky and got in the way, so we just kept it up.



We had some air and radio controls here.



And an outlet for charging!



They provided water bottles which was really nice!



Train!



They had a complimentary wine and cheese tasting in the snack car, so Troy and I made our way over. It was so scary moving between cars!! LOL! Troy wanted to try the wine of course, and I indulged in the cheese.

On the way to the snack car!





We had dinner at the 7:00 seating, so we went back to our room, and watched the train leave the station. We left at 4:30pm, and I instantly fell asleep! I was so exhausted and I was fast asleep when I felt Troy kick me and say “someone’s at the door.” I literally could barely pick my head up. A worker was coming around to lecture us about all of the options and things that are n board. I wanted to just tell her that we could figure it out and go back to sleep, but I listened. I’m pretty sure we both fell asleep while she was talking. I felt really bad, but she kept going on and on! LOL! Finally she left and I just crashed again. Troy couldn’t sleep, so he tried a basketball game he had on CD, but the drive wouldn’t work, and he ended up just listening to his iPod. Poor guy!

Finally, we were being called for dinner. I was so tired that I didn’t want to leave, but my belly was yelling at me. We were still bummy looking in our day-old gym shirts and shorts and messy hair! I felt so awkward. Dinner was awkward. OMG, why am I ALWAYS with the people who can’t hold a conversation?? We were seated at a table for four with another couple. They were older and retired. Oh, and they were from West Virginia. That’s basically all we could get out of them. Seriously, we would ask a question and they would like one word answer it and stop talking. I didn’t even take any pictures of my food because I felt so awkward. We all ordered the Amtrak steak which came with a red wine sauce on top. There was also a baked potato and seasonal vegetables. The steak was good without the sauce, and the potato was yummy! The veggies were carrots, green beans, and red peppers and it just tasted strange. There was some flavor that didn’t sit well with me on a moving train. However, it filled my belly, and I topped it off with cheesecake with raspberry sauce. The cheesecake was delicious!!! The train was really rocking during dinner, and I was really feeling motion sick. When we went back to the room after dinner, our beds were folded out, and ready for sleeping.





However, it was only 8pm. There was no room to really move around at all, so Troy folded the top bunk up, and we sat on the bottom bunk until we got ready for bed. I felt so yucky because I hadn’t showered in so long and I’d been traveling, so I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth, wash my face, and try to freshen up. It was so difficult because the bathrooms and the sink was so tiny! We went to bed at 10:30pm and I was OUT!
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Ok - wow! Your train ride sounds like an adventure for sure! Sorry about the boring non-talkative company you had to endure Kinda funny though. Bill and I had a similar situation on a cruise a few years ago - it made for a very long breakfast. Lots of awkward silence!

Hope yall had some decent sleep on the train
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