Here’s What That Post About Taking a Train Across the USA for $213 Doesn’t Tell You
Eric Fadden

I was prepared to hear ‘The price is a lie’ but the primary complaint here seems to be that the experience is more boring than selected photos make it appear.

ehh that’s nothing. The worst part of this story was the idea that people would be smoking indoors. if you can’t smoke for three hours you shouldn’t be on a train. But that aside if i have power for my computer. Author’s comfort standards might be a a bit too high. I’ve been on trains. They’re not THAT uncomfortable to write in at least for me but I’m not a professional. My sister can’t write unless she has a bottom huggingly comfortable chair and absolute silence. Me I’ll fall asleep in any position I’m in when my body tells me to shut down. I’ve fallen asleep leaning against a wall simply because I couldn’t be bothered to sit down. I’ve had my sisters slide pillows under my head because they don’t like the position my neck was in when I fell asleep in the car. I’ve no fear that a train will be so uncomfortable I’ll regret buying a $213 ticket to travel the states.

The real moral of the story here seems to be that you need to plan for your comfort. Plan for no bed, no showers. Bring a comfy pillow. Wet wipes for your barely there toilet shower. Expect people to be rudely “too comfortable” and mentally prepare yourself to tell them to move. Bring some disinfectant wipes to wipe down the seat in front of them sniffing to their faces so they get the message to not put their shoes on seating areas. That’s something I can do.