In December 2011 Low embarked on what would become his most talked about trip yet. He would travel from San Francisco, California, where he now lives, to New York, some 3,400 miles away. The journey would take him all the way from the west coast to the east coast of the United States. And there was something else – he would do it all without stepping on a plane.
Instead, Low planned to make his epic journey entirely by rail. Using two iconic trains, the California Zephyr and the Lake Shore Limited, he planned to undertake what’s often referred to as one of the greatest journeys in the United States. Even without stop-offs, the ride from San Francisco to New York takes four solid days.
Low, however, intended to take his time. He sketched out a route that would see him go from Emeryville, just outside San Francisco, to Salt Lake City, Utah, before travelling on to Denver, Chicago and New York. So instead of traveling straight through, he planned to alight at several stops along the way.