Road to Nowhere

Day 16 – Washington Wash Out

Looks like Washington is getting some of the rain from the tail end of hurricane Harvey on it today. We seem to have been just ahead of the worst of this for the whole trip with Tennessee getting a considerable soaking after we left. Of course, being the...

Day 6 – Elvis has (largely) left the building

Memphis to Chattanooga Today could be a struggle. We started off with a trip to the pharmacy to get some drugs for the poorly one and I can feel whatever lurgy he has burrowing its way into me. Still, a trip to Graceland beckoned so we manned up and hit the road. The...

Day 1 – The Era of the Smart Journey Meets the Mind of the Dumb Traveller

Four hours. Four hours! That's how long it took to get from Nottingham to the airport parking at Heathrow. An unusual amount of congestion even for a Friday on the M1 as well as constantly changing speed directives from the "Smart" motorway. It may be my imagination...

Day 14 – It’s a wrap!

Winding down and saying farewell to the US after just over 3000 miles, with a trip round Warner Bros studio. Way better than the Universal tour. Made it onto the Big Bang sound stage but no sitting in the spot 🙁 Ethan and myself did  manage to chill out at...

Day 11 – Like Wales? They are whales!

San Francisco to Avila Beach via San Jose & Monterrey (very briefly and abortively) Started the day with a trip to the  rather entertaining Winchester Mystery House, home to the widow of the Winchester rifle guy. Apparently she was told by a psychic that the...

Day 4 – The Restaurant at the Top of the World

A day of settling into the digs and exploring the local area. Think we picked the right week to come here. Seems to be the first week of the summer season and not too many people about, which suits us just fine. Taking a look at the local Kicking Horse attractions...

Day 4 – Hunkered down in Hopkinsville

Bowling Green to Memphis via Hopkinsville Well, it seemed like a good plan: Get to Hopkinsville (sorry, Eclipseville) early, avoid the traffic and soak up the party atmosphere. Even without an eclipse, the 21st August is an important date in Hopkinsville, being the...

Looks like the moon, no?

Looks like the moon, no? ...opined the receptionist as we arrived at our hotel in Reykjavik. From the little that we had seen on our way from the airport, it was hard to argue. Spectacular in its bleakness, I had a good feeling about Iceland. According to What3words,...

Day 1 – Getting there

Did you remember the... So it seems that a checklist is not much use unless you check it. Who knew? During the journey to the airport we have realised that a crucial piece of (was tempted to leave the "pie crust" of auto correct there) specially purchased equipment...

Day 3 – Another one off the bucket list

Williams to Monument Valley via the Grand Canyon. "Grand" doesn't really to it justice, nor do the photographs to be honest. No point trying to describe it, guess you just have to see it.  As Ethan put it : "Take that meteor crater!". Fair point. Of course almost...
Mystic MK

Mystic MK

After a week struggling with sleep patterns, the body clock is finally getting readjusted to UK time. Probably not the ideal occasion, one might think, to get up at 2am after 3 hours sleep and drive to Milton Keynes. "Milton Keynes?", I hear you cry, "Why would you go...

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Day 15 – 3 Countries in a Day

Day 15 – 3 Countries in a Day

Up early after spending the evening cowering in our hotel room watching a spectacular thunderstorm over the Rockies. Also cowering in fear of getting charged another £9 a pint for cider ... still they were very good, the Canadians really seem to have gotten the hang...

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Day 14 – The Long Road Home

Day 14 – The Long Road Home

Definitely feeling the effects of the rafting yesterday, so probably just as well that we have a day of driving ather than walking today. No chance of seizing up while sitting in a car for 7 hours 🙂 We are taking a long leisurely loop back to Calgary via Waterton...

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Day 13 – The Kicking Horse Kicks Back

Day 13 – The Kicking Horse Kicks Back

I can feel it will be a short entry today as I am exhausted from my heroic efforts doing battle with the rapids on the Kicking Horse river. Who knew white water rafting could be such fun? Fighting the urge to bail during the safety talk, we launched onto the river for...

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Day 12 – Round & Round We Go

Day 12 – Round & Round We Go

Up bright and early today for our intrepid ascent to the Plain of the Six Glaciers above Lake Louise. The idea is to get there in time to get a parking space rather than have to get the shuttle bus either side of an epic hike. What were we thinking? Hold ups at 2...

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Day 11 – Radium Hot Springs and Crossing the Great Divide

Day 11 – Radium Hot Springs and Crossing the Great Divide

A little tired this morning, as I was kept awake by some critter scratching away in the night. When I took a look, I'm fairly sure that I saw the tell tale stripey back if a chipmunk disappearing behind the dresser. Could have been worse, could have been a raccoon on...

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Day 8 – Snow Day

Day 8 – Snow Day

Snow Day? Yep, snow day. In June. We woke up to a sprinkling of snow and no mountains in sight. Could have been worse: apparently Banff got 25cm. Mad weather. It was 29C last weekend, down to about 3 or 4 today and forecast to go up to 30 by the middle of next week....

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Day 7 – Été?  Non, c’est juin

Day 7 – Été? Non, c’est juin

We're heading west today for a change. This presents us with an opportunity to maximize the use of our National Parks Discovery pass. Having ticked off, Banff, Jasper and Yoho national parks, we now head off through Glacier and Revelstoke Mountain national parks....

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Day 6 – Doing the Bear Minimum

Day 6 – Doing the Bear Minimum

First sighting of a black bear in the wild today. Well I say in the wild, it was on the road down from where we are staying, about a mile from our apartment. A mother and cub which I believe is the combo not to be messed with, so it focused our minds on getting tooled...

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