Road to Nowhere

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...

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...

Day 14 – Into the Belly of the Beast

This is a day to tick off some of Ethan's list after he tolerated my unseemly space geekery yesterday. First up, a tour around the rather impressive Capitol Building. I found it all quite fascinating (although obviously, I would not admit this to Ethan) and got an...

Day 12 – I Call Shenanigans on Shenandoah

Roanoke to Washington DC So, time for the last leg of the road trip phase of this trip, the final drive back to Washington DC. Of course we cannot take the direct route, we are determined to go via the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, which is reckoned to be...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 14 – It’s a wrap!

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...

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Day 13 – Waddya mean they get the day off?

Day 13 – Waddya mean they get the day off?

Another day in the City of Angels. Visited Universal Studios today. Slightly deflated by the studio tour when we were told that we were unlikely to spot any movie stars as they do not like to work weekends. Poor effort Hollywood. Oddly I did spot Gail from Coronation...

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Day 12 – L.A. Woe-man

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...

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Day 11 – Like Wales? They are whales!

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...

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Day 10 – Now you see it…

Day 10 – Now you see it…

Ah bliss - all the comforts of home : normal temperature, clouds (yes clouds!), Skegness-like tat stores and, of course sweet,sweet sea-level oxygen! My kinda town.  Not to mention British-style hotel rooms: Have to say though, it felt a little wrong to eat fish...

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Day 9 – Wear some flowers in your hair

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...

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Day 8 – Nice ‘n’ Toastie

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...

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Day 6 – Vegas baby!!

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...

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Day 5 – Look at that view … meh

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...

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