(CNN)CNN rode the rails with former Vice President Joe Biden as he took the train from Washington to Wilmington, Delaware, following President Donald Trump's inauguration.
After 8,200 round-trip train rides, Joe Biden heads home
Biden rode with his wife, Jill.
This is the first time in eight years that Biden has taken the train with a ticket actually in his name. Usually he rides with a ticket without a name for security reasons.
CNN: What were your last words to (former President) Obama when you saw him off?
Biden: I said I'll see you in a couple of weeks, which I will.
CNN: Have you set up regular times to meet?
Biden: We are going to see a lot of each other. We have got a lot of work we are going to do together and look, I know it sounds corny, but we are close friends. For example, as we were meeting (Vice President) Pence's and the president elect -- now president -- for that tea, our little granddaughter was being hustled out because she spent the night. She and Sasha (Obama)spent the night together. So ... she said, 'Sorry pop, I couldn't see you.' But I couldn't come down.
CNN: This train is part of your personal story. Do you find yourself reflecting more while you are on here? What does it mean riding out?
Biden: What I used to do, literally, is: you ride along here at night going home. And you look out. You look in the windows and you see the lights on and think about -- I always, I mean this sincerely -- what is going on at that kitchen table? What are people thinking about? What are their real worries?
I have made over -- they actually calculated it, the conductors -- 8,200 round trips, over 2 million miles on Amtrak. Two hundred and fifty nine miles round trip a day, not everyday, but on average 217 days a year. This is my family and this is why I wanted to go home, the way I came.
Jill Biden: Full circle
Biden: Full circle. Going home to Delaware, the people I owe. And I really do owe them.