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On The Road With Fastfreta

Updated on October 18, 2011

The Beginning

So I've begun my great adventure. I'm a little slow about getting started with the account of my trip. I left Union Station, L. A. at 6:15p on Friday July 29. So far so good, except one little glitch. I found sleeping on the train next to impossible, or rather this train. This particular train is call the Superliner. I hope the next few trains will be a little easier. That however is my only complaint, so far. I was bade ado by three of my children and one grandchild. Being that this is my first train trip, I find it very exciting. A four hour trip took ten hours, and to me that was the beauty of it, I enjoyed the smooth long ride on the way here.

I also met three very nice people, who were my table mates at the dining table. Let me explain the dining arrangements on the train. If you have a party of less than four, you're required to share a table with whomever they assign to you. Anyway, my table mates were, a very nice man named Gary. Gary was on his way to Barber Shop singing convention, in Missouri. Then there was Debi, she was on her way to La Mesa, AZ, for a short visit. I will attempt to download, upload, or whatever you do, a video that I made of these two. Anyway, I also met Laurel from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Laurel was returning to Canada from visiting her son in California. Actually that was the highlight of that leg of the trip. I've since discovered that I'm unable to, well anyway, at least with my little knowledge, download my videos from the tablet that I'm using. That's only temporary, when I get the information I'll download them, so please stay in touch.


Phoenix

I can't believe the heat here in Phoenix. 109 to 113 the entire duration of my stay. Being an outdoors person I'm finding it hard to stay in an air conditioned dwelling, but in I stay, except for one day, I just had to take my traditional walk around the block, big mistake. Now, I'm the one that says to my friends that I can take all the dry heat you can throw my way, well I'm stuffed now from eating my words. The heat is next to unbearable. Enough of that now. I've been to Phoenix before, but I declare I've never experienced it this way. Anyway the city, what I say of it was very beautiful.

Because of the heat I didn't do very much. Of course I visited with my son, Sean, and his family, Kassi, and Brittany, who provided a very relaxing time. Also I spent time with my dear friend Susan. Susan and I have been friends for over 35 years, and we did a lot of catching up. It might sound boring, but this was exactly what I needed to do, after my first train ride.

Take a look at a few pictures I took on my first leg. I took videos with my Tablet, but I don't yet know how to upload them. Come back later and see if I've had success.

Photos of Arizona leg of my trip

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My dear friend Susan, we've known each other for over 35 yearsMy loving and caring friend, Susan, with whom I spent two wonderful days catching upArizona landscape from the car windowArizona landscapeA really cute little family with whom I had a fun time with in the train station on my way to TexasDisa, Daelyn, Darwyn. Two of the cutest boys I've seen in a long time, and with a personality to match.Kyle and Deanna, two beautiful people I met in the train station in Maricopa, ArizonaTexas landscapeTexas LandscapeTexas LandscapeSomewhere in Texas, an off the train breakOff the train break after two days of riding.Smoke break for some, Stretch your leg break for others, somewhere in TexasGuess WhoDewayna, seatmate on the way to Fort Worth, TexasDewayna, my very friendly seatmate, very nice ladyTrain breakfast, not badShannon, a lot of fun to talk to. Shannon is a seasoned train riderLeatha was just too much funJust look at Leatha, having funA very fun lady, Leatha, train on the way to TexasA really nice young woman, whom I met on my way to TexasMy Son and his wife
My dear friend Susan, we've known each other for over 35 years
My dear friend Susan, we've known each other for over 35 years
My loving and caring friend, Susan, with whom I spent two wonderful days catching up
My loving and caring friend, Susan, with whom I spent two wonderful days catching up
Arizona landscape from the car window
Arizona landscape from the car window
Arizona landscape
Arizona landscape
A really cute little family with whom I had a fun time with in the train station on my way to Texas
A really cute little family with whom I had a fun time with in the train station on my way to Texas
Disa, Daelyn, Darwyn. Two of the cutest boys I've seen in a long time, and with a personality to match.
Disa, Daelyn, Darwyn. Two of the cutest boys I've seen in a long time, and with a personality to match.
Kyle and Deanna, two beautiful people I met in the train station in Maricopa, Arizona
Kyle and Deanna, two beautiful people I met in the train station in Maricopa, Arizona
Texas landscape
Texas landscape
Texas Landscape
Texas Landscape
Texas Landscape
Texas Landscape
Somewhere in Texas, an off the train break
Somewhere in Texas, an off the train break
Off the train break after two days of riding.
Off the train break after two days of riding.
Smoke break for some, Stretch your leg break for others, somewhere in Texas
Smoke break for some, Stretch your leg break for others, somewhere in Texas
Guess Who
Guess Who
Dewayna, seatmate on the way to Fort Worth, Texas
Dewayna, seatmate on the way to Fort Worth, Texas
Dewayna, my very friendly seatmate, very nice lady
Dewayna, my very friendly seatmate, very nice lady
Train breakfast, not bad
Train breakfast, not bad
Shannon, a lot of fun to talk to. Shannon is a seasoned train rider
Shannon, a lot of fun to talk to. Shannon is a seasoned train rider
Leatha was just too much fun
Leatha was just too much fun
Just look at Leatha, having fun
Just look at Leatha, having fun
A very fun lady, Leatha, train on the way to Texas
A very fun lady, Leatha, train on the way to Texas
A really nice young woman, whom I met on my way to Texas
A really nice young woman, whom I met on my way to Texas
My Son and his wife
My Son and his wife

Stay Tuned

Okay, on to my next stop, Fort Worth, Texas. By the way you can follow me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/alfreta. I don't do very much on it, but I do check in from time to time

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks kenneth, I've been over and checked you out also, and I am honored to have received comments from a professional writer with such talent.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      fastfreta: Wonderful! Full of life! Great hub! Voted Up, Useful, funny and awesome,just like you! Thanks for sharing this segment of your life with us.

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      The pleasure was all mine. We'll keep in touch, talk to you soon.

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      Deanna 5 years ago

      It was such a pleasure meeting you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks nextstopjupiter.

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      nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      An old traveler wishes you good luck on your travels!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks maxravi, stay tuned for updates.

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      I love the pics.seems you love travelling.thanks for sharing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks chatkath, so right, it was pretty warm. I'm just about to release my Texas leg of my trip, stay tuned. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      So good to hear from you Freda, you picked a warm one, that's for sure! At least most places are air conditioned in AZ though...

      Hope you are well and will continue to be an adventurous hubber so you can share your exciting travels with us!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi there shyonegb, oh how I wish I could come down there, for years I've had that as a dream. Maybe someday it will come true. Yes and watching Oprah enjoying herself, made me want to come all the more so. Anyway, thanks for stopping, and the invite, hope to see you again soon.

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      shyonegb 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi fastfreta, enjoy yourself and enjoy the life and adventures this trip will give you. Hope one day you travel to Australia and see the sights. I know Oprah enjoyed it!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you all for your warm loving comments. Time won't permit me to answer each individually, I waited to long to respond. Yes I am having fun, so much so that I'm way behind on writing and publishing my experiences. I'm actually in Oklahoma, and still writing about Texas. I promise my Texas experience will be out within the next two days.

      Again thanks Tom, JY3502, Mayda, Storytellerus, Dallas, Bkcreative, Dexter, Eiddwen, Scribenet, Powerpoe1, Pamela, Jo Miller, and Tlpoague.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Looks like you're havin' fun Freta! Peace!! Tom

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      John Young 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Ahh, the open road. I used to love traveling. Great account Fast.

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      Mayda Bosco 6 years ago

      Keep the updates coming! I absolutely love slices of life articles, the joys of travelling across America, and meeting new people along the way. Looking forward to your next update. Mayda

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I love this, fastfreta! I clicked follow so I can keep up with you. I am discovering the fascinating fun of following a fellow hubber discover life anew. Thanks!

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your easy-to-read narrative style compels the reader to share your impressions and experiences. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the process. Flag up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What super fun! This is what we are supposed to be doing FastFreta - having great adventures.

      Love the trains and love eating in the dining room.

      Like Phoenix - NYC has been brutal too - record breaking heat with high humidity making it feel like 120 degrees plus. Add a few million cars to that. Whew!

      I'm awaiting the next leg of your journey. Yay!

      Carolyn

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi FastFreta! Thanks for the update!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      So very very interesting and a definite to vote up.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great to hear of your summer and travels in words and pictures! It has been one long hot summer all over this year...perhaps a little more moderate up here (Canada)...but still nice.

      Hey, maybe you could do a review of that tablet... a lot of folk (me included) would be curious to know how well it stands up for various tasks while on the road :)

      Cheers!

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      Fastfreta,

      Thanks for the update of your adventures. I see you are on your marvelous journey, just let us know when you find the gold, on the other side of the rainbow. Laugh Out Loud~

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Sounds like a great trip even though the heat is unbearable. The pictures are great.

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      jo miller 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Looks like you're having a wonderful time. Much luck on the rest of your journey. Train travel is my favorite.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      It sounds as if you are having a marvelous trip. I love the photos you have shared. We have been enjoying a weeks worth of rain here. I'll try to send some you way... :)