On the road to New Mexico (now past half way).Tucumcari, NM Tucumcari, NM Today is my birthday yeah!!! After leaving Weatherford in light rain and fog we drive some more R66 until we reach the Apache Trading Post where the road gets swallowed by the I40. Next stop is Clinton which has a fabulous museum and some good photo opps but of cause it is Sunday and it is closed, we take a few good pictures and head towards the Texas border and the small town of Texola. Next is Shamrock and the U-Drop Inn Conoco Station a definite photo Continue Reading → On the road to New Mexico (now past half way).
Today we head west with no planned destinationWeatherford, OK Weatherford, OK After another night of storms we woke to find that Saint Louis had been hit by a Tornado (lucky we were 3 hours west), it seems we have been outrunning them for quite a while now. We head back to the I40 and make our way to Tulsa. The weather starts to clear as we decide to do some more R66 and exit into Reno, here we drive quite a few miles on the historic route and pass the Fort Reno Gates. Back onto the I40, we exit again, Continue Reading → Today we head west with no planned destination
A two day side trip to BransonBranson, MO Branson, MO Left the motel today and headed off to the Bass Pro Outdoor World, the biggest Bass Pro Shop in the USA. It was amazing, with live Alligators, tanks full of Bass and stuffed animals set into woodland. We then made our way to the Fantastic Caverns, a drive through cave system in the hills and a historic hangout of the Ku-Klux Klan. On to Branson the holiday capital of Missouri, and 2 nights in the Hilton which was located on Branson Landing right on the river. We had some beautiful Continue Reading → A two day side trip to Branson
Springfield Missouri ….looking for the SimpsonsSpringfield, MO Springfield, MO Good weather this morning as we head off to Saint Louis and a very busy freeway system. After bypassing Saint Louis with only one wrong turn we head towards the home of the Simpsons, Springfield Missouri. My driving is now more confident as I exit of the interstate and venture onto verious parts of Route 66, however my sat nav is going crazy as it continually recalculates and we frequently get lost. Not that that phases us as we can always cut back to the Interstate as we move ahead. We Continue Reading → Springfield Missouri ….looking for the Simpsons
We hit the roadSpringfield, IL Springfield, IL On waking this morning it is raining heavily with storms expected in the afternoon, not good weather to start our drive. On arriving at Midway Airport Thrifty Car Rentals teased me by saying that they have a Mustang in the lot. Given I was chasing a Camaro, a Mustang or a Charger this was my second choice. On calling the lot it seems the Mustang was hired 10 minutes before we arrived, damn!!! It doesn’t end there……Thrifty then told me they had no Dodge Chargers and the best they could do was a Continue Reading → We hit the road
Downtown ChicagoChicago, IL Chicago, IL Left LA on the 17th so we could spend some extra time in Chicago, however United Airlines screwed us over with a 3 hour delay due to a broken aircraft. Once on board they apologized profusely and gave us free drinks for the entire flight which helped a little. On arriving at Ohare Airport it was massive and we finally got to our hotel at 7.30pm having also lost 2 hours to time zones. Out to dinner and we had the best steak and lamb we have ever set our eyes upon however the portions Continue Reading → Downtown Chicago
Hollywood & Beverly HillsLos Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA After a short stay in downtown LA we moved over to Hollywood on the 15th and checked into the very nice Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. High speed Internet at last. Caught the Metro to Universal City where we spent 1 hour in various lines to finally get our “Front of Line Pass”, thank goodness we purchased two of those. Universal Studios was great with the highlight being the new 3D King Kong Adventure Ride. It was very hot today (a heatwave according to the locals) and we both ended up sunburnt. Back Continue Reading → Hollywood & Beverly Hills
Arrive Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA After a 12.30 hr long distance flight. Virgin Australia (VA) seats were great, lighting was good, video entertainment was good, food was good, alcoholic intake was even better, but it seams there is no silver bullet for the tyranny of long distance travel. We did however gain a day due to time zones. Arrived in LAX after a 20 year lag since my last visit, nothing much has changed. It amazes me that Australian airport facilities seem so more advanced, however I’m sure the USA would have a defensive statement about this. Continue Reading → Arrive Los Angeles
Depart BrisbaneBrisbane, Australia Brisbane, Australia A long distance journey what else can we say. We left The Gap at 5.30am to catch our Virgin Australia flight. Ok, Virgins Internet access point was down but we did have access to some of their lounge goodies. A lot of waiting in lines at Sydney but finally got onto Virgins brand new jet………….very nice. More in the next blog.