Road to Nowhere

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...

Day 7 – Never get out of the car. Absolutely goddamn right!

Definitely stay anywhere air-conditioned. Made the mistake on the first night here of trying to explore Vegas on foot. Anywhere where the temperature doesn't drop below 90 at night is clearly wrong. There is a strange effect here of being able to walk towards...

Day 4 – Iron like a lion

Monument Valley to ZIon via 4 Corners and Page Long one today. I was talked into a "minor" detour to the Four Corners (where Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona meet). I've been in some states in my time but rarely 4 at once. Here's me giving it a go... I'm...

Day 3 – Hotter than a coonskin jockstrap

Winchester to Bowling Green via Louisville and Mammoth Caves Phew! 90-odd degrees and humid... and stays that way well into the evening. Just as well we spent a few hours in the subterranean coolness of Mamouth Caves. Not that we thought we were likely to make it. We...

The Desert

So it turns out that there is a desert in Britain. Nonsense I hear you cry! I shit you not -  a bone fide, meteorologically verified desert. Discovered my Ethan of course, but how he stumbled across the strange micro climatic oddity is anyone's guess. Still, we duly...

Days 9 & 10 – Towns, Canyons, Waterfalls & Lakes : the Whole Tourist Enchilada

Cramming it in for the last few days. Started on Saturday with another trip to Banff. Lovely place - very pretty, very touristy and not a little infuriating. Our itinerary for Banff was the Cave and Basin (original hot spring), souvenir shopping in town and possibly...

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 6 – Vegas baby!!

Brian Head to Las Vegas and Hoover Dam Oh...my...god!! This place is insane. Only had an initial drive down the Strip on the way in so far (well technically twice down the strip as I missed a turning and had to loop round). From seeing a marvel of modern engineering...

Preparation continues…

With only a few days to go the crucial business of the road trip play list is needing attention... Whether to go with the US biased or stick with the usual old upbeat standards Obviously need the Monument Valley specific one ... and maybe another to get in the right...
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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