As I said yesterday, my parents went to Montana/Canada for a vacation, and rather than fly or drive they took Amtrak. They are really loving it, getting to see the country without the stress of driving, chatting with people in the food car, etc. They definitely recommend the experience.
At any rate, they are going to miss their connecting train out of Chicago because as they were traveling across the midwest, the train had to slow down because of rain. Apparently, trains need to slow down because flash floods wipe out their tracks frequently, and this is especially true in the midwest.
Just thought that was interesting and something I didn’t know.