We left right on time as everyone in our car offered up a complimentary champagne or apple cider toast. They also provided a light buffet with chicken wings, salad, pickles, olives, and crunchy veggies. Our trip took us 20 miles up the Verde Canyon to Perkinsville. On the way up we had to make one unexpected stop to let some wild burros cross over the tracks.
For me the highlight of the trip was the 640 foot long tunnel. It was fun to see the long train curve through and disappear into the mountain. The tunnel was curved so as you entered you really couldn't see the light at the end....
The only disappointment was we were not allowed to get off the train in Perkinsville. Instead we came to a stop, they unhooked the engines from the front of the train, ran them around us on a siding, and hooked them back up on the caboose end for the return trip.
Even though the trip back was on the same tracks the views were different and just as spectacular.
We were back into Clarkdale a little ahead of schedule. As we came in we noticed an ambulance waiting. The train stopped short so they could remove someone who had suffered an insulin reaction. We later heard that she was doing better. All in all it was a good day, and if you like trains this is a great way to spend the afternoon.
On a more sober note. We are changing our travel plans. We were planning to leave here next Tuesday and slowly work our way into Texas. We were going to meet up with our friends Bob and Linda in Fredricksburg and spend Thanksgiving with them. Instead we are on our way back to Michigan to support some friends of ours who are going thru a very difficult time. After talking and praying about it, we have decided we need to be there. We will be in Grand Rapids by Tuesday if all goes well.
I am down one pound since Tuesday. That makes the total three pounds. Twelve to go before the end of the year.