Day 140

Truck trailer train

August 13th, 2010


  1. SLO Gail says:

    Is there a train trailer truck?

  2. MN Roxanne says:

    That’s one way to travel…. let the semi boxes ride the rails !!

    • MN Roxanne says:

      Is anyone else having trouble w/ the big google map on top of the page?? Every time I try to click on it and move the map around to see where Matt’s been or headed it starts spinning to the right and just zooms across the page and won’t stop.
      Just wondering…

      • Kier from Oregon says:

        MN Roxanne ~ I tried the google map and it worked for me…do the time honored fix that I always got from my computer friends in the IT Department….shut down your computer and try again. So simple and it always seemed to fix most things! Good Luck!

      • Michael in Atlanta says:

        Roxie, what have you been sipping this afternoon? Hopefully not Bud and clamato.

        • Jeff says:

          **burp**……I thought that was over…..getting all sour tasting again…….Thanks bud…I did not need that.

          Tractors Trailors and Trains…Oh My…….

        • MN Roxanne says:

          definitely not Bud or clamato…. but thanks for all the tips… I’ll give them a try… (not the drinks..)

      • Gustavo in Rio, Brazil says:

        I have issues with Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome, it works..

        • deanna valenti meyer says:

          Hmmm…I’ve always clicked in the little map to see where he actually is…never on the big one…maybe I oughta try it…but NEVER mix that with a Clamato. :)

  3. Don in Tennessee says:

    I have always been facinated with trains. They havbe been around a long time and still are very valuable in moving not only frieght as in this picture but coal and other products.

    Matt’s next trek should be as a train hobo across this vast land. Another way to see America that is different from auto travel.

    I have been on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad tour on the below list of top 10 best train trips in the USA! They are fun –

  4. John in MI says:

    I’m guessing sagebrush again? If I’m right, I’m really going to impress my botany friends!

  5. Don in Tennessee says:


    I hope you do not have any ideas of putting the Mattmobile on one of those train cars and riding the wave, I mean train into Rockaway Beach,OR!

  6. John in MI says:

    After reaching Rockaway Beach, does anyone know how many days Matt plans on taking off before he turns around and starts walking back home! :)

    • katzien in austin says:

      Matt has confirmed that he is flying home, ;-) But I bet he spends a day or two in Rockaway with family. SO wish I could be at the final destination to welcome him.

      • John in MI says:

        Just kidding…but I should could use another several months of this. Can you say DTs?

        • katzien in austin says:

          RIGHT? I know! What the hell with I do with my days now?? My favorite thing is grabbing a big cup of coffee each morning and visitng with Matt for an hour. ;-)

    • MN Roxanne says:

      I heard from Matt last week… cause I’m going to Seattle the 1st week in Sept and wanted to be there to see him in at Rockway. He said he thought he’d be flying home around the 1st of Sept so I won’t get there in time… so bummed about that.

      • Barb V from Michigan says:

        Oooh, sounds like a have a good shot at winning the pool. Joisy Jeff, are we allowed to share our guesstimates or are we not talking about them?

  7. Don in Tennessee says:

    A little railroad history-

  8. Robert says:

    Damn, I just realized Matt was already in Washington.

  9. Barbara Kiviat says:

    How many cars?

    • Dad says:

      If you put your ear against the picture on the screen and listen to the vibrations through the rail you’ll hear somewhere between 107 and 109 cars. Because some of them are carrying more than one trailer, it’s tough to be more exact.

  10. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Matt, are these the “box cars” you’ve been riding in on your way out west? lol. I’ve seen many trains like this. Rail is cheaper way to transport now with gas prices. Easier way too.

  11. Jenny in MA says:

    Man, two great examples of intermodal shipping in as many days. These semi trailers will ride the rails and the roads, and the doublestacks yesterday in the Columbia picture are likely coming from or headed to a container ship! Sea, rails and road. Now, if he’d just snap a picture of one of these, we’d cover just about every form of transportation that I can think of!
    I did try to find an HO version, cause frankly, it’s not clear that these trains aren’t O gauge. But in my heart, I know the real trains all run on three rails.

  12. Local Montana Boy says:

    In some places in the prairie states there are literally miles and miles of these flatbed trailer rail cars parked. Since the economy tanked, we import less stuff from overseas and they aren’t being used as much, so they are parking them on unused sections of rail and siding.

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