Next week is a vacation week from work and I decided to take a couple of steps closer to completing the whole Amtrak system:
CHI-GRR-CHI with all of nine hours in Ford's hometown. All new except shared with other routes.
CHI-QCY-CHI with only eight hours there assuming on time. GBB-QCY new.
CHI-SAS-NOL-CHI over five days. SAS-NOL new. Superliner roomette. When I booked I originally was going to go counterclockwise but one segment seemed to be sold out on the roomettes.
After this I'll just be missing
EVR-VAC : Could I complete the system on next July's railfest? Hmmmm. Definitely a railfest I will want to attend.
I come back a pending Select Plus member and virtually assured of maintaining HHonors Gold status.