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The long way home

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The 10:27 Amtrak out of Newark airport on Sunday night had its share of Washingtonians who couldn't fly home - so they settled on flying to Newark first.

"It's been trains, planes and automobiles," says Laura Cantral, sitting next to a window, and catching up on email using a laptop and an air-card.

She was due into Union station at 1:25 a.m. From there, only six blocks to her home in Capitol Hill, which she was prepared to walk.

Cantral, 47, a senior mediator at Meridian Institute, awoke Sunday morning in Orange County, where she had she been on business. She drove a rental car an hour to the airport, boarding a United Airlines flight to Chicago for an alleged connection to Reagan National. No good.

She got herself on a flight to Newark - knowing she was traveling well ahead of her checked-on suitcase. "Presumably it will show up at National at some point," she said.

Two rows ahead of her in the train, reading Jane Austen's "Emma," sat Jenna Lowenstein, 22, returning from four days at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force meeting in Dallas. She had booked an American Airlines flight from Dallas to National for Sunday. No good as well.

But Lowenstein turned the whole mess into her advantage, getting American to fly her to Newark, where her parents picked her up in time to take her back home to watch the Super Bowl and spend time with them before hustling her back to the train station. "I lucked out," she said.

Down in the club car, sipping a Heineken, was Murray Pinczuk, a freelance television cameraman who was traveling home from covering the Tea Party convention for NHK. He was supposed to have flown from Nashville to BWI. His big worry upon arrival at Union Station in Washington: How to get his camera and other equipment to an office at 21st and M Street NW.

-- Dan Morse

By Michael Bolden  |  February 8, 2010; 2:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  | Tags: Amtrak, winter weather  
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