AVOID THE STRAIN, TAKE THE TRAIN.
Amtrak have not yet gotten around to wrecking the food service on the Empire Builder. Jacob Wallace, who appears to be riding the rails to the locally-subsidized baseball stadia of the major leagues, enjoys the experience. "Baseball allows people from a town or entire region to unite behind a common cause for a few hours each game, and enjoy food and maybe some beer. Trains, similarly, force people to sit next to each other at meals or on travelling tours, and have conversations with semi-retired square dance callers or chemtrail conspiracy theorists. I can’t think of any way to get to know your fellow citizens – all of them." Indeed. You can hear a lot just by listening.