I came back to the West Coast 2 weeks ago after being gone for almost 4 months. I had a great time on the East Coast and a wonderful experience taking the train there back in September (check out my pics HERE). It was time to take it once again across the country. For me it was about the slow easy going pace and the forced relaxation the train rides gives you. Plus I had a lot of stuff with me which would of made plane travel extremely un-fun and stressful.
I went from Connecticut to Chicago to Portland and back down to LA. I stopped twice to see family and friends but the real reason was just to ride the rails. And what a great time it was!