Toronto-Winnipeg 1st leg of the VIA Rail trip

Trip Start Sep 05, 2007
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Trip End Sep 05, 2008


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

I was secretly dreading this. 36 hours on a train? Who in their right mind really wants to do that? None. Especially as we'd heard that the first part of the train to Vancouver is nothing but cornfields, but its worth putting up with because the the train through the rockies is that special. Well I can tell you now, that's a load of rubbish. The first part of the train through Ontario is amazing. Particularly on this day. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and everything was turning. I've never seen colours like it. The sun made the greens, reds, yellows, all the colours you could imagine sparkle and stand out so clearly. I was honestly blown away by it. Really beautiful.
As we traveled further North West of Ontario we reached the French River. We were lucky enough to spend a week there last year. Its a beautiful part of the world. The train travels along the river side as it meanders through the rocks and tress. An amazing way to see the French River. It was a view I didn't get bored of. The picture don't do it justice.
As night fell, its a different story. Trying to sleep in a seat that you've been sat in for 16 hours already is not easy or fun. I've never wanted a bed so badly in my life. I had a sore neck, back, and knees. It was brutal. Elly slept pretty well. She can sleep anywhere. (don't you just hate that!) I just kind of fell in and out of sleep all night.
At 4am I woke up to what I thought was lightening. I then realised that it was white flashes from the track. We were in the middle of nowhere and it was pitch black outside. So when these flashed occurred it lit up the surrounding scenery. They looked like old fashioned black and white stills in time. Pretty cool sight. The next morning, in my daze, I realised that all the surroundings now looked totally different. Even though we were still in Ontario! Makes you realise how big this Provence is.
Unfortunately  we had a long delay that morning because we were stuck behind a fright train for a few hours. Very annoying.
In the end we finally arrived into Winnipeg 4 hours late. On reflection, in a weird way it went quite quickly considering. It gives you time to think. Very peaceful. Though I don't think I would have had the patience to put up with it a few years ago.
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