Road to Nowhere

Day 2 – Get your kicks…

Wildlife Day Started with a leisurely trundle along Route 66. Encountered first exotic wildlife as a snake slithered across the road in front of the car. Co-incidentally,  had first road-kill of the trip. Did manage to avoid a small prairie dog like mammal later...

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...

Winter Sun

There is something glorious about Winter Sun, but even more so when What3Words come up with the naming goods. Welcome to always.snores.magically and the mysterious and misty muddy.trees.select

Day 11 – On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Pigeon Forge to Roanoke Time for the return leg back to DC. Goodbye to the South and thanks y'all! An epic drive today. Could have been more epic as we had intended to do the entire route via the Blue Ridge Parkway but, once it became apparent that this would cause us...

Day 7 – The Hall of the Mountain What Now?

Chattanooga to Atlanta A day of mountains today, of which I thoroughly approve of course. We started the day with a visit to Rock City on Lookout Mountain, the sole purpose for us including Chattanooga in the trip. Those who have read American Gods will know that it...

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....

Day 12 – L.A. Woe-man

Avila Beach to Los Angeles Nice "relaxed" drive into and around LA today. Yeah right. I have never seen a better argument for banning cars and putting in some decent public transport. I've been pleasantly surprised during this trip at how patient and relaxed US...

Day 1 – Stay on the right side…

First day of extremes - from the madness of LA to the isolation of the Mojave and temperatures from 106F down to 50F in the mountains above Palm springs. After an early start first business of the day was breakfast  with Ethan's veggistential crisis, being...

No sleep ’til Laughlin

4:30am but my body is insisting that it's lunch time. No more sleep in the the City of Night I suspect. Could be an early start... Time to scope out that all American breakfast...

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 5 – Ice Ice Baby

Day 5 – Ice Ice Baby

I have clearly made a rookie error. Every time I wax lyrical about the views, they get eclipsed the next day. So it is again as we drive up the remarkably picturesque Icefields Parkway towards the Columbia Icefield. We are trying to take some photos en route, but not...

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Day 4 – The Restaurant at the Top of the World

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...

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Day 3 – Ridiculous, just ridiculous

Day 3 – Ridiculous, just ridiculous

So, time to leave Calgary and head for the hills. We perhaps haven't seen Calgary at its liveliest - it still being a month until the famous Stampede. Not that I have a particular hankering to see this event, but it would be fun to be here so that I could keep telling...

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Day 2 – Dinosaurs, Hoodoos and Bandits in the Badlands

Day 2 – Dinosaurs, Hoodoos and Bandits in the Badlands

So. Having only just gotten to sleep (or so it seemed), I was rudely awakened by a blaring alert on my phone at 3am from the Canadian government (or at least the authorities in Alberta) were sending out an alert to everyone. I fully expected it to be a terrorist...

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Canada Beckons …

... and its time for the traditional road trip playlist. Slim pickings for songs about Canada, so have gone with the Canadian artist angle, which is much more fertile ground. (Note: Slim Pickens is not a Canadian artist but is - fun fact - the actor who rode the atom...

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Day 18 – From Swamp to Swamp (to Swamp)

Day 18 – From Swamp to Swamp (to Swamp)

So, the final day and some 12 or so hours to kill before the late flight. Ethan has found some places to visit which may be of interest but may also conceivably just be box-ticking exercises aimed at getting another State in (Maryland). He was keen to go to Baltimore,...

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Day 17 – The Lincoln Link

Day 17 – The Lincoln Link

Last full day in DC today, although we have some time tomorrow before the evening flight and a car to get around (it was cheaper to hire a car for the day than to get a cab to the airport!). It turns out that there is a Smithsonian outpost at Dulles with some cool (I...

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Day 16 – Washington Wash Out

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...

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Day 15 – Where now Captain Howdy?

Day 15 – Where now Captain Howdy?

We're casting our net a bit wider today. Heading out of the centre to the zoo and to explore the historic areas of Georgetown and Foggy Bottom. We're probably not going to spend much time in Foggy Bottom, but I just like typing it. Shady Grove is another...

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