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By: trHUrrIXC5MMX , 4:57 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
From the Land of Peach trees I greet you all!
I have to say that, first off, a man here blessed and welcomed every single person as they were stepping down from the train here in the big city. No words how to express my feeling at the moment.!
May God bless him too, and another man who did something very important for me along the way.
How did all go? Awesome! (Yes, a heavy weighted score!)...expect for one thing from making it great.
Yesterday April 30th, arrived at the Stamford Amtrak station with ticked in hand ready to board. Train passes by just before 11:30 AM... the bad thing begins here.
Everything cool, sat next to a Asian lady (really kind, some chatting...anyway), about an hour later we make our way into Penn Station (located in Manhattan, near the Empire State Building)...felling anxious about being lost and overwhelmed a bit I was lucky enough to find my way to the time table and check my next departure... I saw it was at 2:15 PM so I head to the waiting room.
Just 5 to 2 PM it's announced that Amtrak Crescent 19, was arriving and people boarding on track 8W. I knew where that was fortunately, so I head over to the gate, the line of people was piling up quickly so a little run to sneak was my option. A police officer was standing next to the lady checking people's tickets, he says to those in line to be ready to show your ID as well if asked. I was like "alight", about 10 people were in front of me after the officer said that. I look for my wallet in my pocket... did not find it, rush to open by bag trying to see if it was there and no, and neither in my other bag... I have lost my wallet!
I grew pale, suddenly felt a drop body temperature, began sweating and fear was easilying overcoming me, it was my turn to present the ticket and to my greatest luck and will of God...I was not asked for ID, and let go to board.
Life came back to me. Do note all of this pain happened in just 3 minutes.
this was not as serious, yet!
I board train 19 heading to New Orleans with multiple stops along the way at 2:15 PM... Im pretty darn sure that train was hauling near 100 mph!, yes that fast!
I was given an assigned seat as every one else. We make it out of NYC in about 20 mins, arrived in Elizabeth, NJ in about 40 mins, Philly about 1:30 hours, Wilmington 1:50 hours, Baltimore in about 2 hours. We arrived at DC nearly at 6 PM. We waited for an hour as the crew was going an engine change to keep going down south. As we waited a police officer accompanied by an FBI agent were going down the passage way announcing about a "ticket re-check"... darn!
The Amtrak staff member accompanied by BFI agent go around checking tickets, while the Amtrak guy was checking, the agent was counting every 3rd person to show documentation... I was very close, but no. The guy next to me was asked.
Why did his happen when it was supposed to be a nice first-time long-trip experience??? - I don't know.
We move on again, became dark after entering the big woods of Virginia, reached NC after midnight.
In Virginia we went to some "heavy populated woods", not a street light or a building for most of our trip through it, just only when we were near Roanoke.
A more-city like life was displayed at the very bottom of the state entering NC.
We get to Charlotte after 2 AM... some people were sleeping but I couldn't since the guy next to be was "big" taking some of my seat and another guy in front of me was snoring and the lights did not shut off enough... only a 2 hour nap I got.
We reached SC before sunrise, half way into the state the sun shows up after the rainy and foggy night we had in VA/NC.
I saw some big mountains far away bing "The Appalachians". It got a little cloudy with scattered sun as we entered Georgia and all like that until Atlanta.
I saw so many beautiful places all along, crop fields, grassy areas, rivers, lakes, steep hills, big woods and cities.
Last time (first time) I came to Georgia was this Jan but by I-95... didn't do too much sight-seeing.
So from 11:30 AM from Stamford to NYC and to Atlanta when I arrived before 8:30 AM I did not eat at thing...21 hours without even a sip of water...
I felt terrible!
Until I get to Atlanta to call my friend to pick me up, he had a gatorade which was more than vital.
Ow, I almost forgot... the second man I mentioned above.
When I was in DC...I got a "weird" call from a phone number, I usually don't pick those up but this time I did. The person said that a wallet was found in the Stamford Train Station and we found that it belongs to someone named "me" with the phone number "###"... I was more than happy to know it was recovered there since I thought all my cards, money, ID and personal info was lost and stolen in Penn Station... may God bless that man how reported it in!
My mom went to pick it up after I asked her...
Don't be afraid or overwhelmed when an opportunity "out-of-this-world" knocks you door and you find it could change your life positively...don't let it go, even if you undergo little emergencies like I did, they don't stop you...
Risk it instead. (I would have been detained by police if i was caught btw otherwise)
AND... make sure you are mindful of your belongings, always keep them safe when you travel... luckily I did not lose anything. (My mom told me that everything was in my wallet just the way I had it, it could have been very tempting to some people to do something convenient with that cash...but did not)
I hope you find this pictures pleasing I took from the train... I love taking pictures btw.
NYC Penn Station departure board...my train was not listed at the time
I'll be making forecasts (as mentioned earlier) for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Georgia and the SE US... as I used to do for NYC before.
Peach Tree, GA NWS Forecast Office
I'll have my first weather update for my new area later... I don't know when I'll get to have time, other than today.
Let Spring spring. Enjoy these times!
Stay clean, don't troll and be nice.
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"
"The NYC area is still my home...no matter where I am"
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