Finally arrived in Jasper. 13 hours late 😰 - day 3????

Somewhere among the trees and lakes of beautiful northern Ontario our train was stalled. Well, not stalled, but stopped fully to let freight trains go by. CP owns the rail via travels on so the freight has right of way. I don't know when the 7 hour delay turned into 13, but it did. It's fine when you are on the train because you continue to be on the train. You are fed. You sleep in your cozy bunk. Eventually you get annoyed every time the train stops beacause it turns from a thrilling vintage style adventure to a really shitty small hotel surrounded by box cars. Also you lose the ability to sleep on solid ground. You are train folk now and motion is the only constant you can recognize.

When you are finally allowed off the train, after you called the car rental place to let them know you won't be picking up the car until the following morning, and after you've used some hotel app to book a place to stay for the night - you feel a mix of joy and sadness and fear. Also annoyance, since you've been awoken from a nap. And frustration because the god damn luggage car is at the front and therefore takes approximately 30 thousand years to unload. AREERGGGHHH. This is supposed to be the the more humane way to travel! Waaaahy. Oh wait.  What's this! Deb, in the washroom of wee Jasper station. She gets me. 

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deb in the bathroom gets how I feel. 

STILL in Ontario! Day 3

I concluded my first full day on the train, And it was lovely. I recovered from work exhaustion and grumpiness by taking many naps! That rocking motion and the fact that I am small enough to curl up in my seat helped that.  

more comfortable than it looks

more comfortable than it looks

we stopped in a tiny town called hornepayne and got off the train for about 10 minutes of fresh air and some big bites. 

by the hornepayne station. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

by the hornepayne station. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I also discovered that there snack car has sloane tea - my favourite brand - and I have begun a theiving/hoarding regime.

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we are 6 hours behind schedule due to having to stop to let freight trains go by! This kind of sucks but I have no sense of urgency. Life on the train is singular and peculiar. The outside world provides a gorgeous backdrop but whizzes by fast enough that I don't feel anchored to it.  

Also our timing is fully out of my control and I am happy to surrender any sense of responsibility to it. This is the exact opposite feeling Of my daily life and a welcome respite. 

Today I will continue to nap, read, colours and hang out with my family.  

I'll head to the dome car and hope the loud youngins aren't there.  

 

dome car at night.  

dome car at night.  

At some point today we will enter Manitoba, a province I've never been to! How exciting! 


Westward onwards - day 2

Day 2 of the western train - "the Canadian" to Jasper in the sleeper+ class. The train is pretty comfortable and our little berth area has 3 double seats that turn into beds. The 3rd is currently unoccupied and I hope it stays the way.  

Me in my little bunk! 

Me in my little bunk! 

The seats are spacious - for small people like me anyway! Sleeping on the train is the most magical thing ever! Being exhausted from a month of too many 12 hour work days probably added to my sleepiness. It is so nice to just stare at greenness and lakes and scenery whizzing by me. Also the cell service is spotty which is a blessing for me. 

 

The seats during daytime

The seats during daytime

cucumber fortified lunch 

cucumber fortified lunch 

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