I got a bit of a scare when Amtrak's system was telling me that status on my train this morning (westbound California Zephyr, train #5) was "unavailable due to a service disruption;" however, the track-a-train map shows it heading this way at 70 mph and Amtrak's social media people (Twitter account) say it's running only a few minutes late, which isn't that unusual. Indeed, even 20 minutes late at Reno can still mean an hour early at Emeryville because of all of the recovery time in the schedule.
I'm all packed, and my luggage even has about 2 kg leeway short of the weight limit for the flight to London on Tuesday. Considering that I'm carrying stuff that I'll be leaving behind in the RV, I'm feeling fairly comfortable about this.
In a few minutes, Lisa will drive me in to Reno and see me off for a two week stint.