Sept. 5 - View out the window at breakfast.
One of many, many lakes we saw today. Onboard VIA Rail "The Canadian" heading East
Good morning world. I’m hailing to you all the way froooooooom – the train – VIA Rail “The Canadian” heading East for those who don’t know. Yes, we are still on the train. Unexpected bumps in the road always make for such good stories. Currently it is 12pm. We were due to depart the train at 9:25am. Our new expected arrival time in Toronto is 2:45pm (if we are lucky). Which really, really stinks because Jon and I will have so little time to do anything in Toronto. However, we had planned for a large train delay by spending the night in the city and flying home tomorrow.
Two days ago we were delayed two hours because an engine blew so we were only running off of one engine. It was kind of eerie (and cool) because the train had stopped and there was intermittent power for a short while. It would be completely quiet all throughout the train. We got an engine car replacement in Winnipeg. They also took four empty sleeper cars off. It’s funny because some of the passengers that didn’t get off train that were lying in bed felt the train moving and thought, oh crap.
Sept. 5 - Haha. More of the same thing.
I needed some filler photos b/c a lot of ours came out just awful. You delete A LOT of bad photos and all the good ones look the same. Onboard VIA Rail "The Canadian" heading East
Are we leaving the station? Haha not everyone knew what was going on but we did.
Yesterday we had to stop in the evening due to interference from an electrical storm which was disrupting the communication with the switches that allow us to hop between tracks. This went on for a few hours and consequently created more delay from a backlog of trains trying to pass through. This added five hours on for a total of seven hours of delay. But they seem confident that we will make up two hours and get there five hours late. We shall see.
But we aren’t too upset. This just means we have more time on the train. We’ve seen lots and lots of plain trees today. Because we are running so late we were able to see a really pretty and really big lake but I can’t remember the name of it. The guy came over the speakers and told us about it and told us that movie stars, famous hockey players, and retired VIA Rail employees (haha he’s so funny :) ) have vacation homes there. It’s driving me nuts because I can’t remember the names of most things
Sept. 5 - Angus burger with ciabatta bun.
This was so good. Finally some normal food. :) Onboard VIA Rail "The Canadian" heading East
that we’ve seen. That blue river from day one has a couple of names for different parts of it, but alas, they’ve escaped me.
As we’ve traveled East through the Canadian countryside, we’ve passed through four different kinds of vegetation and scenery. Day one (part of British Columbia and Alberta) was mountainous and had the pretty blue river with evergreens. Day two (Saskatchewan and half of Manitoba) was all prairie. Day three (other half of Manitoba and early part of Ontario) was muskeg (spelling? – where there’s lot of vegetation growing up through water) with scraggly evergreens. Day four (today – the rest of Ontario heading Southeast) has had all deciduous trees. It’s not quite fall yet but the colors of the leaves are beginning to change. Another first for us. Southern California where we live doesn’t look different from one season to the next unless you head up in to the mountains.
As this trip comes to an end I’ve been reflecting on how I was at the beginning compared to now. We’ve talked to so many people. I find this talking to new people thing very stimulating – it’s not a skill that comes to me
Sept. 5 - Hmm. I wonder where our train was.
Seagram, Ontario. Onboard VIA Rail "The Canadian" heading East
naturally. This vacation seems to have worked its magic. But unfortunately we do have to go home and face real life. I do hope I can hold on to this this newfound calm for at least a little while. But this vacation isn’t over yet. We have until 11:59pm tonight until it’s really over. Check back tomorrow for a little something about our pit stop in Toronto.
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