Road to Nowhere

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 5 – Look at that view … meh

Zion to Brian Head via Bryce Up in the mountains at the moment. Nice to see some greenery for a change. Can feel the altitude though. Have been noticing a certain shortness of breathe on occasions and then realised that most of the places we have been visiting are 7...

Day 8 – Peak Tourism

Atlanta A day exploring the joys of Atlanta today. It started off with some homeless guy spotting our directional confusion and appointing himself as our tour guide. To be fair he was very engaging and well spoken and gave me a detailed lecture on the socio-economic...

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...

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 8 – Nice ‘n’ Toastie

Vegas to Mammoth Lakes via Death Valley Just because Vegas wasn't uncomfortable or weird enough ... Stopped at possibly the strangest petrol station I have been to Now that's what I call a service station. Wandered through Death Valley - a little warmer than Vegas On...

Day 9 – Wear some flowers in your hair

Would if I had any. Flowers or hair. Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco via Yosemite Ethan spent much of last night scouring the internet for information on the super volcanoes of the Mammoth Lakes area. Apparently some are reasonably active and there are a fair number of...

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 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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