I boarded the Coast Starlight Train 14 last night at about 940pm. I first met a lady to talk to that had traversed the entire US on amtrak from east to west and now was heading back on a different route. This is a thing I want to do so we discussed her challenges, how she did it, packing, routes on amtrak. Very interesting. I tried to get her to write a blog or something about her adventures on the train and there were some. You always have people and place adventures riding the train and her ride was no exception. Then she left in Martinez for a night with family and I got this young, funky blonde 20-some year old who was leaving Fresno behind on a one-way ticket to Salem, Oregon. Kudos Katie! I’ll most likely never see you again but you are the real thing. I enjoyed the discussion immensely and you are a nice looking woman as well :-).
I got to Eugene about 30 minutes late and I was impressed by my first walk from the Amtrak station to the hotel as it being a bit like San Francisco and Berkeley but with its one unique character. The hotel manager let me know this was a great weekend for visiting with the holiday fireworks and concerts and other stuff.
I got to my room at the hotel and set up the world class infrastructure I travel with. It comes down to this:
4 port power strip at a portable size and valued from 100 to 240. Very important for the last part if you go elsewhere.
5 port Anker USB Charger. This is the real thing folks. This will charge two tablets, a Nexus 5 phone, and headset at the same time with no sweat. It is also rated from 110 to 240 and again this is important.
2 USB power cables. My Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 charge from the same type of cable! While this sounds like a minor deal, it is not. Forget a unique cable on the road and you may be lost unless you happen to be in Singapore or Japan.
So the way I work it is to plug the 4 port power strip to the hotel electric. In this case, they did good and have a outlet right on the desk! Hooray! I don’t know how many hotels I’ve been at that could not get this right. Why, I wonder, do they put desks in so carefully but give us no electrical outlets except under the nightstand and by the AC unit some 7 feet away.
Anyways, I digress. My goal is to have only one outlet for all my stuff and that’s the 4 port power strip. Everything comes off that like the Anker, the power strip for the chromebook, etc. I should mention even my Tmobile hotspot can charge via the same sized usb cable. Much coolness there!
So now, its all in place and I’m ready to throw the wifi switch and power up the usually underpowered and underwhelming hotel wifi connection. I always feel blah about it because they could do better but just don’t.
Now I’m ready and the infrastructure is in place, clothing hung up, AC is on. Time is ticking slowly this afternoon. Travel mode is engaged and work is not. Tomorrow I’ll chart out a few hour walk to get me seeing Eugene. Same for Friday.