A Day Zero Project goal of P.J.’s has been completed!
Goal completed: Travel by train
Date completed: October 26, 2014
Description: I love trains. I always have been fascinated by them, so traveling by them is a really cool thing. Basically, I just wanted to travel by train somewhere.
Why I wanted to do it: There’s something about traveling by train. This goal was on my first Day Zero Project, and I completed it then as well. One day, I’d love to travel around the country for 2-3 weeks, all by train. I’d pinpoint a few places where I’d want to hop off for a day or so, take some photos, geocache, maybe catch a game … and then roll on. That’s actually a blog post I have cooking in my head — and have for a long time — plotting a route and looking at each place I’d like to hop off the train. I wouldn’t plan on doing it in major cities, most likely, rather in the smaller towns so I could investigate some. This was all about being able to travel via train, though, and I accomplished it.
How I did it: I had to head down to New York City for a work conference and I know how much it costs to park in the city, and also how hard it is to find parking. In the end, it would be much easier to drive to a semi-local Amtrak station and take the train into the city. I went to the station in Rhinecliff for this. The trip is an easy one as the drive takes me about an hour or so. Once there, one is greeted by an old-school train station that has the feel of years gone by. I always like to snap some photos and put them up on my Instagram, which I did. I waited outside for a bit before the train pulled up. Being a Sunday, there were a few people on the train already. I found an aisle seat (my preference) and settled in for the two-hour ride. We arrived without issues. After a good day in NYC, I headed home On this trip, I had the row to myself and slept for most of the trip home. It was at that point when I was coming down with something (so much so that I took a sick day from work a couple days later), so an easy snooze on the way home was good. The train experience was good, though it would have been even better if it took me within 10 minutes of home instead of a little more than an hour!
About P.J.’s Day Zero Project: Day Zero is a project where people come up with 101 things to do over 1001 days. I started the project on August 1, 2014 with an anticipated finish date of April 28, 2017. Goals will not be revealed until they are completed. A private list is at the Day Zero website and the list will be made public upon completion of the project. It’s my thoughts that if things are kept private, should I not do them, change or find a way around it, I’d only be cheating myself.