Amtrak Auto Train

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    So...planning my annual motorcycle trip with my wife, and this year will be a long one: Texas. Planning on getting there via Panama City, Pensacola, and Mobile. Had a thought: the Auto Train. Get it in Virginia, and ride overnight to Florida (near Orlando)...basically, make a few hundred miles while getting a night's sleep. (We would get a sleeper.)

    Anyone done the Auto Train recently?
     
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    Did it and you better take something that will assist you with sleeping. You get rocked all over the bed, with straps, when the train changes tracks, but other than that, it isn't too bad.
     
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    I can sleep through anything.
     
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    You know, if you want to get there faster than driving or riding a bus, but don't have the urgency of air travel, trains are a GREAT way to travel and see the country.

    Now, granted, the last time I rode a train was back in 97, but it was a comfortable way to get around. I also like the fact that most have a diner car and to tell you the truth, most of the food was fairly decent. The bar car was also a good place to hang out in the evenings.

    For what you are doing, it sounds like you have it sussed out. However, if the train offers insurance for your bikes while they are being transported, I would recommend getting it. You never know how those loaders will treat your bike.
     
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    I thought a motorcycle trip is supposed to be on a motorcycle.
     
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    We travel in a Mortorhome...been around the country twice in it but we started doing something different the last few years and that is to get on a train with a sleeper car and riding it to Denver and back...talk about a fun relaxing way to travel...great food and a late night bar car...fun time...
     
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    Nice idea, but I will stick to my motorhome.
     
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    That is only if you are a real biker. Go to Sturgis sometime and see how many people bring their bikes there on trailers. There are a lot. And, they are kinda looked down on by the people who rode there (like me).

    I remember going to a bike rally in Red River NM, and there is a place just before you get to the lake that has a parking area. Saw a dude stop his truck and trailer, take his bike off and rode the last 4 or 5 miles to the rally and claimed he had ridden all the way.

    But, to be fair, there are times where time constraints or weather makes it difficult or impossible to ride in (ever ridden through a hail storm? It ain't fun.), and a trailer would be warranted.
     
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    I can't say I blame them.

    We rode from Detroit to Key West and back, in 1982 on motorcycles. It was a bitch. Nearly fall asleep at 65 mph. Got beat to shit....and I was 25.
     
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    2002 and 2003, I rode from Amarillo TX to Sturgis SD, with a side trip through Yellowstone and the lower part of Montana. Did it on a Harley Davidson Sportster. If you have your bike fit properly and have the right shocks, you can ride for a long ways if you want or have to. Longest trip I ever did in one day was from Ft. Collins CO all the way back to Amarillo TX. Was right at 400 miles.

    And, my ass didn't fall off when I finally got home. But, that is because I had my bike fit right for me, as well as had a really good saddle.

    Fit, saddle and shocks are all crucial systems to have right if you ride a long ways.
     
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