I havenâ€™t taken the train in ages. There isnâ€™t an easy train you can get straight from Kitchener to Belleville and back (unless you want to get up very early morning and wait a couple hours in Toronto). It takes about three times as long to get home, taking delays into account, and costs about twice as much as driving (if you donâ€™t take the cost of owning the car into account).
My mom insisted, too. Itâ€™s winter, and the weather can get pretty crappy. And since Iâ€™m going to be making the same trip back a week from now, it seemed like a good idea.
Before I got a car, I took the train home all the time. I checked my VIA frequent traveller reward thing and apparently I can get a one-way ticked to Kamloops just on points. Not that I would, of course. Iâ€™ve done that trip before. Three days on the train is pretty hard on the ass.
Sometime in the last five years, they put WiFi on the trains, and little outlets by all the seats. So I can get online and talk to people and post blog posts and all sorts of stuff. I canâ€™t do that when Iâ€™m driving. Itâ€™s not the greatest connection, particularly since Iâ€™m connected through the VPN to work for safetyâ€™s sake, but it works, and I can check RSS feeds and stuff. YouTube eludes me, but I can live without that.
Where are we? I think weâ€™re just leaving Oshawaâ€¦ I can see the suckers on the 401 from here.
Actually, trafficâ€™s really good.