I took my first train ride in the US today. Wade dropped me off at the station very early and I spent all day riding to Carbondale. It was great. I slept, read, watched movies, and didn’t have to deal with traffic. If you don’t hit traffic in Chicago, it takes about 7.5 hours to drive to Paducah. The train takes 7 hours to Carbondale and then a 1.5 hour drive to Paducah.
The best part – there is power at every seat. I could have watched movies the entire way!