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Day 1
Sleepless in the Capital

Day 2
Sun Up - Sun Down

Day 3
The Play's the Thing

Day 4
A Little Bit of Mall

Day 5
Fight and Flight

Day 6
Full Circle

October 8, 2014 (day 6)
I'm home and, despite all of Amtrak's shortcomings, I rather enjoyed it and won't rule out doing it again. This last day did go through some pretty country even if the leaves were mostly still green and my vantage point lacking.

October 7, 2014 (day 5)
Breakfast at an oldie and a stroll by the White House started a day filled with monuments and really big flying things.

October 6, 2014 (day 4)
After starting the day with a little more Lincoln, I checked out a couple of new-to-me places but had to postpone another until tomorrow.

October 5, 2014 (day 3)
I got the car back on time and I again was allowed to check in early. I then walked a block and a half to get a good seat at a great play at Ford's Theater. This part's looking good.

October 4, 2014 (day 2)
I continued my Union Station vigil a little longer then grabbed a rental car and a short nap before wrapping up the day with a wonderful concert.

October 3, 2014 (day 1)
Starting four and a half hours late and losing another hour and a half in route, riding the Cardinal to DC wasn't quite what I planned but I suffered no permanent damage and I got stories.

Prelude - September 16, 2014
OK. I"m going to try it again. I've long wanted to take an autumn train ride through the hills of Virginia. I almost did it in 2011 but the train I'd booked to Washington, DC, was canceled thirty-six hours before departure. A few months previous, I had seen Chuck Berry on a road trip I'd named "Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll". Plans for the train trip included a couple of concerts so it got the name "Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Rail". When the train was canceled, I made the trip by car after changing its name to "Hail, Hail Rock w/o Rail" which sounds stupider and stupider with each passing day. With a couple of shows, including a repeat from 2011, planned for this trip, I've resurrected the "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Rail" name although this time I'm using the punctuation from the 1987 documentary rather than the 1957 song. Amtrak, don't fail me now.

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