Archive for June, 2015

Portland to Calgary via Kamloops

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

I'm at the Residence Inn in Calgary, where I've paid $5 extra for a higher speed internet connection: Last night, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Kamloops, the speed was 3up/1down, and not really sufficient for Skyping. More, later. It's later. Uploading was fast enough. I stopped in Banff National Park ...

Burley to Portland

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

I'm at the Garden Cottage in Northeast Portland, Oregon. I'm here for the UUA's annual General Assembly. And, as usual, here's my internet speed report: It's by far the best speed of the trip. As of my arrival in Portland, I logged 3,295 miles, averaging 41.3 MPG. This means I used ...

Moab to Burley (Idaho)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

I'm at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Burley, Idaho, where the internet speed (I didn't upgrade to premium) is par for the course for this trip: The trip from Moab to Burley was uneventful. I stopped at Canyon View Park in Utah along the way, but it was mostly a ...

Cheyenne to Denver

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Westminster, Colorado. The obligatory internet speed posting: This place is littered with rabbits. When I went out to my car earlier—at about 17:00—there were two bunnies under my car. They weren't nearly as frightened as they should've been. I guess they've gotten used to humans. I ...

West Des Moines to Cheyenne

Friday, June 19th, 2015

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Acceptable download, very slow upload: The trip here was mostly uneventful until about 100 miles east of Cheyenne. As we were passing 4,000 feet elevation, the 18-wheeler right next to me blew out his driver's side back tire. The explosion sounded like ...

Toledo to West Des Moines

Friday, June 19th, 2015

I spent last night at the Springhill Suites in West Des Moines, Iowa. The rooms could be a bit better isolated, but compared with my previous night's Comfort Suites in Perrysburg, this place is pretty nice. Internets are about 4/4 (I didn't upgrade to the fastest—4/4 was okay for my ...

Home to Holy Toledo

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Suites on Helen Street in Perrysburg, Ohio. Note to self: don't stay here again. The hallway doorways are depressingly narrow—making it difficult to push a luggage cart down the hall. Also, the luggage cart has pneumatic tires, adding to the difficulty. And, the lighting in the ...

Action through My Bedroom Window!

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

A lot of wild action could be seen through my bedroom window this morning. I know—you're shocked! "You live right next to a church, for crying out loud! There are young kids in the neighborhood!" Let them get their own damn groundhogs. When I looked out the window this morning--without my glasses--I ...