Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 67
national parks, I know this.
I also know we won't be setting any landspeed records. We average 30 miles per hour,
a pace that makes it possible to be the last
one in the car to hear "bear!" "bighorn!" "osprey!" and still have a chance of spotting it.
My other early lesson is to stop checking my
cell phone. The connection is delightfully inconsistent. I power down by Rainbow Canyon and allow the stories being told by our
crew to become my news feed.
The team of four animated young hosts
in our car is expert at reeling out fascinating skeins of narrative - about glaciers, the
salmon life cycle, First Nations culture,
gold prospectors, and, of course, the rails
themselves. Not long after passing Doris,
we reach Craigellachie, where the last spike
in the coast-to-coast railroad was struck in
1885. Train manager Barry Crawford chokes
up a bit when he talks about it.
This is slow travel at its best through time
and unerring beauty. I'm in GoldLeaf Service, the line's top of two classes, where the
custom-built cars are bilevel. Up top, comfy
"The Rocky Mountaineer's menu is inspired by the regions the
train passes through, and produce is sourced from local farms in
Ashcroft and Savona. Each route and day has its own unique menu.
Last year, chefs prepared 45,000 pancakes for the train's passengers
and served 9,600 pounds of strawberries."
- Lisa Niver, Virtuoso travel advisor, Sherman Oaks, California
The Rocky Mountaineer chugs
through Kamloops, B.C.
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