Around 10pm, we piled on the layers and loaded up our gear. Most of our things rode up with the g'parents but Big Brother and I each had our train supplies--a blanket, books, extra set of clothes, and lots of food.
I'm not sure I would feel comfortable leaving any bike at the station if we were all going on a trip. However, with a few solid locks and stripping off anything that was removable, it'd probably be pretty safe. Unfortunately, Amtrak doesn't allow oversized bikes aboard their trains. If they did, we'd travel much more often. We have taken normal-sized bikes on this train before but you have to box them.
However, peacefully riding up the mountains without having to worry about traffic and paying attention to the road was unbeatable!
If train travel was less expensive and didn't feel as dingy, I'm sure many more people would chose it over driving. It's a shame that we don't subsidize mass transit to the same degree as we do for personal vehicles. Train travel is far superior to driving in my opinion but we need to get it up to a quality in which people see its value--more frequent trips, more destinations, more train staff, cleaner facilities, cheaper tickets. The benefits of train travel--safer travel, less carbon output, community experiences, more efficient use of time, and better options for households to become car-free or car-light, make me want to continue exploring by train.