Rails to Trails

A project by Rickey Gates

Both distance running and travel by train are timeless modes of transportation across vast distances and landscapes making them the perfect partnership for a 5,000-mile Amtrak rail trip around the western United States. By taking advantage of Amtrak’s daily rail service on most Western routes POW Athlete Alliance member, Rickey Gates and his crew of three will stop for 24-hours in four different locations to run the Grand Canyon, up and down Mount Shasta, across Glacier National Park and along the lakeshore outside of Chicago. As a long-time Amtrak passenger, Gates is familiar with the charm of train travel – the friendships made aboard, the landscapes through which the trains pass and the ease with which one can travel in the US without relying upon a car. This is a chance to rethink the great American road trip.