Archive for July, 2014

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

This is the last night on the road. I'm at the Springhill Suites in Morgantown, WV. This one goes onto my "pretty damn good" list, at least so far. The internets are especially acceptable. The trip down from Saginaw was uneventful, except for the fact that it's been raining most of ...

Green Bay to Saginaw

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Saginaw, MI, where (yet again) they have deathly slow internet that's "free", and a $4.95 upgrade to get barely acceptable speed. This is the upgraded speed: Unfortunately, the top floor wasn't available, so I'm on the ground floor (next best option, since that eliminates the ...

Spearfish to Mankato

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I'm at the Fairfield Inn in Mankato, where the internet speed (which costs $5 extra for "high" speed) is: For dinner tonight, I decided to try Paglia's Pizza. The salad was excellent… the pizza was so-so. The mozzarella cheese had a kind of plastic taste to it. There was no hint ...

From Beaver to Butte to Spearhead

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I'm in Spearhead, South Dakota. I forgot to blog last night from Butte. The internet speed in Butte—at the Hampton Inn—by the way, was about 3Mbps… for which I had to pay extra. The free speed was about 520K, at best. For dinner, I got a chicken salad and some ...

From Bakersfield to Beaver

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I'm at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Beaver, Utah, where the internet speed is abysmal. Yesterday when I left San Diego, I spent the afternoon thinking that my Garmin GPS unit was on the fritz. It was taking forever to calculate my route to Bakersfield. I ended up using the ...

San Diego to Bakersfield… Emphasis on “Bake”

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

I'm in Bakersfield, California, where it's about 100 dry degrees. The room temperature says it's currently 79… I hope it comes down. My fan is definitely being used. I can't complain about the internet speed, though. I arose at 6 am—readying myself for the transition to MDT, which happens tomorrow, when I ...

Henderson to San Clemente

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I'm at the Comfort Suites in San Clemente. It's an older hotel, and the AC just barely works. I'm really glad I have a fan with me—because I'm going to need it. The internet speed is abysmal: The drive down from Henderson was uneventful—just a few no unexpected traffic jams. There ...

Vernal to Henderson

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Henderson, Nevada. The internets here are slow. Today was a driving day. I'm here so I can have the 10K mile service done on my car. I arbitrarily decided that the Henderson M dealer would be less subscribed than the one in Las Vegas. On my ...

Jensen and Vernal, Utah: Dinosaurs and Vistas

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

I'm in Vernal, Utah, after having spent the afternoon looking at dinosaur bones. I'm at the Springhill Suites, where the internet speed is minimally acceptable. In theory, this is after the upgrade. I say in theory, because the before and after speeds are identical. The Dinosaur National Monument Quarry is a building ...

Colorado Rockies

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

I'm in Westminster, at the edge of the Rockies. This is my second night. After arriving from Council Bluffs yesterday afternoon, I went for a hike on the trail behind the hotel. There's a stream and a zillion bunnies, and last night there was a rainbow. For dinner, I struck out ...

Council Bluffs to North Platte

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I'm at the Fairfield Inn in North Platte, Nebraska. The internets here are actually pretty good. I suspect that the download speed is usage dependent, but that's not a bad first test. This morning, the speeds are about 15/15… still not awful. Yesterday, I arose and decided to hit some of the ...

Elkhart to Council Bluffs

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the way from Omaha, Nebraska. It's an older property that could stand some updating. They appear to have the thermostat set so that the room temperature can't be changed. It might end up being comfortable enough for sleeping—once I bring ...

Home to Elkhart

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I spent 10 hours behind the wheel, driving a little over 600 miles. The E250 averaged 42.8 mpg. That included a couple of stop-and-go sections, the hills of MD and PA, and a lot of driving 70 to 80 MPH. So, it's not too shabby at all. At the Comfort Suites ...