There are upsides to being and college athlete and definite downsides.
The price of the train sounds reasonable. It is costing us way more than
that for gas and lodging for a couple of nights on the road. Then he has to
get back to school! He is splitting the room costs with his friends but we
are picking up the gas. It is cheaper to fly round trip than to drive. He
really wanted his car while he was home this break so we agreed.
However...we may think twice about that next year.
Behalf Of Jenny Guy
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 3:30 PM
Subject: Re: [KnoxParents] Re: Amtrak Galesburg to Chicago train/Southwest
Chief often hours late
It's about $120 one way, with the student discount, and it takes a little
over 48 hours IF it's on time. So that's 2 nights in the seat, but the
seats on the long distance trains are big, and they recline pretty far, and
so far I've never seen the train more than half full at night, so you get 2
seats. It's really expensive if you get a bed. The atmosphere on the cross
country trains is very friendly and relaxed.
I've heard the athletes hardly get a break! That must be really hard on
them, and their parents.
On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:49 PM, Jim O'Keeffe
> My son played basketball his freshman year and only got to come home for 9
> days over the holidays and no Thanksgiving. That was tough on everyone but
> especially him. California boy, adjusting to the cold, on an empty campus
> and missing most of the holidays with his family. He decided not to play
> basketball this year.for other reasons.but we are looking forward to
> him home for the whole winter break.
> He is actually driving home with his roomate whose family lives in
> He will be staying with us for the Thanksgiving and then flying home to
> Oakland on Sunday.
> BTW, what does it cost to take the train all the way to California and how
> long does it take?
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