2013 Trip Around the World with ” The Sea Rebel ” • Dwain C. Crum •
Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer working for Spain, sailed west in 1519 to begin the first expedition to sail around the world. Sir Francis Drake sailed west in 1577 to begin the second. Many people point out that while Drake completed his voyage, Magellan did not. Ferdinand Magellan died on the island of Cebu in the Phillipines in 1522. Only 18 men out of Magellan’s 237 survived the trip on board the ship Victoria and returned to Spain. Cebu is not one of my stops so I’m not worried!
I’m going east. The first ship that I am taking on this journey is the Pacific Princess which is sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Jan. 27, 2013. Since I don’t fly, I’m going to get there by train. In fact I will need to take three different AMTRAK trains to get to Ft. Lauderdale.
The first train is AMTRAK’s Sunset Limited. AMTRAK’s Sunset Limited travels from Los Angeles, CA to New Orleans, LA (a distance of 1,995 rail miles). It is one of four long distance trains out of Los Angeles. The other three are the Texas Eagle to Chicago (via San Antonio), the Coast Starlight to Seattle and the Southwest Chief to Chicago. I’ve been on the other three. The Texas Eagle in 2009, The Coast Starlight in 2010 and the Southwest Chief in 2011 and 2012. If I had to choose a favorite it would be the Coast Starlight. In 2009 AMTRAK got me to Chicago but the Texas Eagle did not. In Marshall, Texas we had to board motor coaches to St. Louis, MO to board another train because the tracks were washed out up ahead. Instead of arriving at 2:00 p.m. we got into Chicago at midnight. Marshall, Texas is not one of my stops this time so I’m not worried!
If all goes well I’ll be spending two nights in New Orleans.