Today I continue my journey aboard Amtrak. (Most recent previous post.) I leave my parents' place in Albion, Mich., and ride the Blue Water from Battle Creek to Chicago, where I will board the California Zephyr for Sacramento. When I arrive there on Thursday, Dec. 11, I will jump the Coast Starlight for Portland, Ore., where I will stay the weekend. The circuit is completed on Sunday, Dec. 14, with a ride on the Cascades from Portland to Seattle.