Month: August 2019

NORTHERN CASCADE LOOP

DAY 52 – WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST – SKAGIT to WINTHROP to LEAVENWORTH The Northern Cascade Drive that we have in store for us today show cases the beauty and diversity of Washington State. Many of the roads close in the winter months so this road trip is all about the glory of the short summer Read More

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

DAY 49 – SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST – SEATTLE TO KALALOCH Today we head to Olympic National Park for three days of exploring temperate rain forests, coastal beaches and mountains – the Park’s three distinct features. But wait there’s more – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR TRUDI, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Read More

WALTZING WITH THE WAKEFIELDS

Day 47 – Friday 16TH August (Afternoon and evening) Our title for this part of the blog could get its name from us waltzing into the Seattle Wakefields’ lives almost unannounced and uninvited. Wind back the clock a bit. When we were planning our trip, we originally thought we would purchase all our camping equipment Read More

CHICAGO TO SEATTLE

Day 47 – Friday 16th August The beauty of sleeping in a Motel near the airport is even more evident when we awake – we have time. Time to check-in online, time to re-pack bags properly prior to flying, time to eat breakfast in a leisurely fashion and most importantly time to fill the car Read More

BLOOMINGTON TO CHICAGO

DAY 46 – THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST DAY 46 – THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST Another town, another walk, another Walnut Street, this one not quite as historic and up-market as the previous but unique in character. Bloomington serves as our record of water-towers, rail-tracks and grain silos that have epitomised a lot of the route over the Read More

ROUTE 66 – SPRINGFIELD MO TO BLOOMINGTON

WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST We’ve decided to cut our days on the road by one. We’ll spend a night in Chicago so we’re now heading back there in earnest.  Passing through many of the towns on the way back in reverse order, somehow reinforces our memories but confuses us at the same time. Fortunately, today we Read More

ROUTE 66 – AMARILLO TO SPRINGFIELD MO

DAY 44 – TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST No walk, no breakfast, hit the road early! We’re on the way back so all Route 99 now! We pass through Shamrock with its very evident Irish history, through the Washita battlefield and on to the Great Western Cattle Trail. In bygone years all the beef for the east Read More

ROUTE 66 – SANTA FE TO AMARILLO

DAY 43 – MONDAY 12TH AUGUST We have quite a long day ahead of us this morning, so we don’t dilly dally and by 6am we’ve started our morning walk to the Town Plaza down the “Old Santa FE Trail”. We pass the State Capitol building – believe it or not Santa Fe was the Read More

ROUTE 66 – TUCUMCARI TO SANTA FE

DAY 42 – SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST First things first. It’s Nick’s birthday today and we send celebratory messages on his special day but better still we hear from him and Katy regarding there whereabouts in Africa. Nick gets a banana bread cake complete with peanut butter icing and candles. They’re safe – we’re happy. Check Read More

ROUTE 66 – CLINTON OK TO TUCUMCARI TX

DAY 41 – SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST We still have to find the Northern American Motel that doesn’t have an air conditioner powered by an F15 fighter engine with the after burners ignited! I eventually get up at 03h00 to get it to stand down from DEFCON 5. Our Motel 6 room was basic but functional Read More

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