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Getting Home from the Million Mile Amtrak Trip Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

The California Zephyr passed through Dotsero on its way to Glenwood Canyon.

The CZ came to stop at Grizzly Siding and waited 15 minutes for the eastbound California Zephyr. The CZ then headed the rest of the way through Glenwood Canyon.

The train finished its trip through Glenwood Canyon and exited it just east of the Glenwood Spring Station.

The California Zephyr at Glenwood Springs Station. With plenty of luggage to be put in the baggage car as well as boxed bicycles, it gave me plenty of time to go On-Line and check e-mail and a few other things on the Internet.

Leaving Glenwood Springs.

The next place just west of Glenwood Springs.

Three views before we reached De Beque Canyon.

The California Zephyr passing through De Beque Canyon. The CZ then made its servicing stop at Grand Junction and I stepped off for some fresh air. The CZ left Grand Junction on time.

The Grand Valley of Colorado.

Our first view of Ruby Canyon down a stream that flows into it. The train passed through a tunnel and now we were in Ruby Canyon, my favorite canyon on the entire Amtrak System.

The CZ Trip through Ruby Canyon is complete and we leave the Colorado River behind after 232 miles and climb the grade to the Utah Desert.

The Lasalle Mountains in Colorado.

The CZ now will have the Book Cliffs in view to the north for the next two hours. We got called in for dinner so Jeff and I headed to the Dining Car. Tonight I had the Flat Iron Steak and Chocolate Ice Cream.

One more view of the Lasalle Mountains.

The Book Cliffs before Green River, Utah, our next passenger stop.

Crossing the River at Green River, Utah is the low point of today's journey.

More views of the Book Cliffs before the sunset on what has been a wonderful and relaxing day of train riding. The train stopped at Helper before it made the climb up and over Solider Summit. I made up my bed and called it a night after a fantastic day of train riding on the California Zephyr.

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