Traveling Across North America Via Train and Bike
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I've been pondering things for a while. Life is frustrating, I feel like I am stagnating with school and work and all these different stresses that are associated with life in the modern world. So I am looking to take a break from everything, to slip away for a few months and take things as they come. I've never left my home state of Illinois except for when I was really young and used to go with my dad as he was an OTR trucker. They say travel is good for the soul and all that jazz so I am looking to make my way across as much ground as possible. I'm thinking about a kind of manifest destiny and traveling out west.
I want to, ideally, travel via a combination of train and bicycle. I figured I could travel by train and bike between the stations or whatever I feel like. I don't really know anything about trains, so I figured that you guys might be able to inform me if it is easy to find train service that allows for transportation of bicycles. Getting anywhere fast or timely is of no concern to me. This trip will be completely time-constraint free as I plan on just coming back whenever I feel like it, if I ever feel like it.. Getting food would be little issue as I can save up ample money to bring with outside of train fare. If money becomes tight, I am a fairly hard laborer who is not unaccustomed to farm work and other manual labor.
Essentially, I am looking for input as to whether this is a viable option or not. I really want to get away from everything. I'm terrified that if I don't leave this environment soon the stress will be too much and I'll just get out another way. Cycling is the only time I feel anything close to being alive. All other times I feel like I am just going through motions to get me through my day.
TL:DR I want to travel around North American via a combination of bicycle and train, is this a feasible idea?
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>The Moffat Tunnel is a railroad and water tunnel that cuts through the Continental Divide in north-central Colorado. Named after Colorado railroad pioneer David Moffat, the tunnel's first railroad traffic passed through in February 1928.
>Fifty miles (80 km) west of Denver, Colorado is the East Portal in the Front Range, about 10 miles (16 km) west of the town of Rollinsville, Colorado at 39°54?08?N 105°38?46?WCoordinates: 39°54?08?N 105°38?46?W. The West Portal is near the Winter Park Resort ski area at 39°53?15?N 105°45?41?W. The railroad tunnel is 24 feet (7.3 m) high, 18 feet (5.5 m) wide, and 6.2 miles (10.0 km) long. The apex of the tunnel is at 9,239 feet (2,816 m) above sea level. The Moffat Tunnel finally provided Denver with a western link through the continental divide, as both Cheyenne, Wyoming to the north and Pueblo, Colorado to the south already enjoyed rail access to the West Coast. It follows the right-of-way laid out by Moffat in 1902 while he was seeking a better and shorter route from Denver to Salt Lake City. The water tunnel and the railroad tunnel parallel each other; the water tunnel delivers a portion of Denver's water supply.