A fellow blogger recently posted about his desire to travel by train with his cargo bike and explained how the current Amtrak restrictions on weight leave many of us cargo-cyclists unable to enjoy the freedoms of train travel. Traveling by train is a delight for so many reasons, not least of which is it's affordability and relaxation factor! Is it possible to be stressed on a train? I think not, unless maybe Hercule Poirot is seated in the next cabin.
Rather than sit back and complain about the current restrictions (which is all I'd done when I found out about them a few months back) this blogger wrote a letter to Amtrak in the hopes of inspiring them to make a change, even if temporary, to allow those restrictions to be lifted for a period of time. In support of his work I went to Amtrak's Facebook page and their website and wrote short notes of support for the idea and I encourage you to do the same.
Having the tracks open for those of us on a car-less journey would give a sense of freedom usually only felt by the super fit touring cyclists, not slow poke, ex-couch potatoes with little tykes in tow. I personally would love to visit my brother and his family in Portland- they have been so supportive of my journey and I would love to show off my bike to them. We also have a relative in Seattle who was born a week or so before Jack, whom we've yet to meet and I would love for him and Jack to get together and enjoy some cheerios and a sippy cup while us adults catch up on the last few years.
Here is a link to the TRANSPORTland blog, I hope you'll "make tracks" and go there to check out the letter and lend your support! It didn't take me much more than a few minutes.