I am going to take a train for the first time on Thursday, going from Syracuse to Chicago, all along the Great Lakes. It is 666 miles each way, and approximately 13 hours. I have lots of concerns about this trip, some technological, some situational.
For example, will I have enough battery power in my phone, iPod and laptop to give me enough entertainment hours for the trip? Will there be electrical outlets?
What will I do on the computer? Will it have wi-fi? Will I be able to be on the internet, or blog?
Will there be enough light for me to read the 20 or so magazines and books I'm going to bring?
Will I be able to sleep on a moving train? Will my newly-purchased neck pillow assist me in sleeping upright? Will I need to bring some Tylenol PM or NyQuil with me?
Is there going to be enough room for me to keep all my crap and have some leg room? Should I check my baggage or keep it right next to me?
Is someone going to try and talk my ear off on the train ride? Or should I take the trip with a semi-psychotic look so that everyone leaves me alone?
Since the trip is overnight, am I going to be able to see any of the scenery outside? Like picturesque Lake Erie?
Will all my reading material be exhausted? My bag is stuffed to the gills with magaizines (Draft, All About Beer, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, The New Republic, Mother Jones, Blender), beeriodicals, and books (Catch-22 and Down and Dirty Pictures). Should I throw out all the magazines once I'm done with them?
Can I bring beer from Illinois back on the train? Or does it violate some kind of ridiculous interstate beer laws?
Is the train going to stay on the rails? What if there is a dastardly man who covertly pulls the lever on the railroad switch and sends me to Topeka?!?!
Basically, if there is another blog anytime after next Monday, you'll know I made it.