One of the things i do get jealous about when it comes to America is the idea of Route 66, a road that cuts 2,500 miles across America from Illinois in the North East to California in the South West via Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
I do have a romantic idea, probably heavily influenced by The Grapes of Wrath book, of loading up a car and just taking off for a month of driving across the vast expanses of America.
There is just not that sort of thing in the UK, a road trip here is mainly Motorway driving between cities but as Britain is only 874 miles long and people walk it for charity, it isn't in the same league really.
There is a drive across Europe but as they drive on the opposite side and i have enough problems driving on the side i know, it would just be a scene of carnage in my rear view mirror as i go around roundabouts the wrong way and speed up the Autobahn on the wrong side of the road.
It was musing this that i discovered it is possible to get a train around the World.
A Eurostar train from London to Paris, Trans-Siberian Railway from Paris to Moscow, Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Beijing, Trang-Saigon Railway from Beijing to South Korea, Ferry from South Korea to Japan, train across Japan, Ferry across the Pacific to Los Angeles, Amtrak's trans-continental train across USA to New England, Ferry from New England to Iceland, Ferry from Iceland to Ireland, train across Ireland and a short ferry trip and train ride back to London and the Reform Club to collect the £20,000 wager 80 days later which would come in handy to pay for it all.
What a great thought it is though, the ultimate road trip on rails.