Archive for April, 2014

Scarborough Maine and the Eastern Trail

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Yesterday on the way to dinner, I spotted a parking area for the Eastern Trail. So, I decided to make that my destination for today's 8-mile hike. I added a couple of birds to my life list—glossy ibis, tufted duck (maybe), and snowy egrets. Here are some of the pictures ...

Manchester to Red’s Eats to Scarborough

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

I'm at the Residence Inn in Scarborough, Maine. The internet speed here is acceptable, but not blazing. They have two options: high speed and enhanced high speed. The "high speed" option is consistently .98 Mbps. For $5/day, they'll upgrade to "enhanced" high speed. Or, because I'm a Gold Marriott member, ...

Cicero, NY to Manchester, NH

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Manchester, NH. The internet speed here is good, but bizarre. I suspect that the download speed varies quite a bit, which is why the upload speed is so much faster at the moment. This morning, I headed to Old Erie Canal Historic State Park. There ...

Chatham to Rondeau PP to Cicero, NY

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Cicero, NY. The internet speed here is pretty good for download, and so-so for upload. So, yesterday, I looked at the forecast, and decided that Maine was my best bet for the first half of the week. The latter half is still up in the ...

Terre Haute to Chatham, Ontario

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

I'm in Chatham, Ontario at the Comfort Inn on Richmond Road. The internet speed isn't wonderful, but it's 6 times faster than the Terre Haute Comfort Suites' speed was. The drive from Terre Haute was uneventful. I stopped at the Sylvania Tony Packo's for lunch, then continued on my way. ...

Indianapolis to St. Louis and back to Terre Haute

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Comfort Suites in Terre Haute, Indiana. Internet speed is horribly slow—about 300K, at best. My MiFi's speed, on the other hand, has a download speed of about 11Mbps. For dinner tonight, I looked at online reviews, and decided to walk to Real Hacienda. The food was good, but they have a ...

Comfort Suites on Kildeer in Indianapolis

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Internet speed is good—10 down and up. The drive here was uneventful—I averaged 47.6 MPG in my Passat. For dinner, I decided to order pizza for delivery. Two delivery places were listed in the hotel folio—Bob's Tu Your Door Pizza and Mike's. Based on online reviews, I opted for Bob's. The ...

How I Microwave Bacon

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on Facebook that I microwave bacon, rather than cooking it in a skillet. Someone expressed surprise, never having heard of cooking bacon that way. So, I thought a short article on nuking bacon was in order. I start with a clean microwave-safe plate. My plates ...