Today marks the beginning of our journey, leaving Eugene, Oregon and heading to Chicago on the Amtrak.
It feels a little weird to be going on a trip at the end of September. I've always worked in public education, so vacations during this time of year have always been off-limits. But this year I requested to go to a part-time status, which allows for taking unpaid time off during the school year.
Yes, we do have a lot of bags! Our gear consists of two bicycles in the large bags, one giant suitcase full of bicycle gear, two panniers full of bicycle gear, a suitcase for our time in Chicago, and two backpacks with everything that we might need for our two nights aboard Amtrak. Thank goodness for our neighbors and their Toyota RAV, you can fit anything into one of those cars!