From Philly the rest of us took the China town bus to NYC, where everyone but me took a Greyhound bus to west Massachusetts. I stuck around NYC for a few days meeting up with other riders/friends, even ran into a Kansas city local. I also ran into a really young rider who I met in Indiana last year, turns out he's from NYC. We left town together. Took the Pace train to Jersey City NJ where we went to the CSX spot but after no luck we moved spots. The train was supposed to arrive around 11pm, we moved around 3am. We walked over to the NS spot and around 6am our ride pulled up.
We rode Jersey City NJ to Harrisburg PA where we briefly got off and double checked where we were. After google maps told us we checked our notes, they told us a Chicago train arrives around 1pm, I checked the time and it was one, we were already on it so we just hopped back on.
It started raining somewhere past Horseshoe and we bailed from our miniwells in Conway, dodging workers, to ride a pig with wings or as you might know them a tofc. A dry(er) ride. That train doesn't usually stop before rolling into the yard in Chicago so you have to get off on the fly. Luckily for us it did stop to let another train by, we got off in South side Chicago on the first day of a 3 day punk festival. My friend and I split up and I met up some friends on the blue line and headed for the suburbs.
Sometime after the eclipse I plan on riding the transcon on BNSF to Bakersfield CA on a single train without getting off. I asked friends who've done it how long it takes and they said roughly 3 days. I've got business to take care of in my hometown. Bakersfield being the closest I can get by freight, and that's still a 2 hour bus ride away. I might get off along the way just to have a night of not being trapped on a train. And then continue west.