Day six may have been our most boring day of the trip. Neither of us slept well at all but we slept pretty good from 7 to 10 in the morning! We didn't feel bad sleeping in since we didn't really have anywhere to go anyway.
We ventured out of our train room for lunch where we dined with a woman in her late sixties that taught plant biology (is that a thing?) in Minnesota. She was headed to New York to visit with her ailing mother. Once again, we had good company and good conversation. We lucked into no bad dining partners on our trip!
During lunch we rode along side the Mohawk River in New York.
And also saw farmland. I commented that it looked much more like home, as long as you didn't look at the hills in the distance.
Around three in the afternoon at the station in Albany, it was time to ditch our sleeper car and switch trains. The sleeper cars don't go where we were headed so it was coach seats for the last few hours.
The coach seats are actually really roomy and comfy. They have tons of leg room and recline quite a bit. There's also a leg rest that can come up and a foot rest too.
Got work to do? Each seat has a table too.
Massachussets had gotten snow that day and we got to see a bit of it.
Dam! This train was moving pretty quickly so my pictures are blurry.
Finally, close to 9pm that night, we got off the train in Boston!
We had a short can ride to what might be the swankiest hotel room I've stayed in - The W.
Since we hadn't eaten anything since lunch, we grabbed some pizza from down the street to eat in our room. The slices were huge! And definitely hit the spot.
Interesting tidbit of the day: The train we boarded in Chicago - the South Shore Limited - was not a two-story train like the California Zephyr we'd been on. We slept horribly on it because of how bumpy a ride it was. The train jerked and jumped and jostled nonstop! It uses the same tracks and the landscape is actually flatter than what we'd gone through, so my theory is that the bumpiness comes from the one-story train being much lighter than the Zephyr. Whatever the cause, it definitely was not as smooth a ride. Also, our car attendant looked at me like I was crazy that morning when I asked him, in my striped pajamas, how I could get to the big downstairs shower. I hadn't really noticed that it was one level when we boarded the night before! Our only shower option was the one in our room that required us to sit on the toilet and with as bumpy as the ride was, that did not sound fun! Not only were we hungry when we made it to Boston, we were very ready for showers too.