The train departed Emeryville at about 8:20 a.m. Late in the afternoon or early evening we pulled into Reno. A woman named "Pamela," who was on her way to visit her daughters in Denver, sat down next to me. The first night fell by about the time the train reached Elko, Nevada. I slept some and then awoke the next morning near Provo, Utah. We were both mesmerized by the striped mountains and low gray, wind and water carved hills that we passed.