Archive for the ‘Travelogue’ Category

Wytheville, Virginia

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Wytheville, Virginia, planning to head to Mt. Rogers shortly. The internet speed here is acceptably fast. I'm here for one night, then heading on to the Homewood Suites in Blacksburg for the next two nights—for Tara's wedding. More, later, perhaps.

Spring Trip to the Boston Area—Days 1 and 2

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I'm at the Homewood Suites in Billerica. The internet speed is okay—although I'm paying for "premium" speed. I don't know what the regular speed is, but it must be awful if this is premium. The ride up was a mixed bag. I hit traffic in DC and Baltimore—I took a couple ...

Pinery Provencial Park

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

A friend and I visited the Pinery Provencial Park today. We'd planned to drive north to the Bruce Peninsula National Park, but were deterred by the forecast of 0C and snow. By heading west, we managed to dodge the snow (and rain) and were rewarded by 12C. The park was nearly ...

Exploring the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Region

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Today, I'd planned on hiking in the Laurel Creek Conservation area, but discovered that it's basically closed until May. That seems to be the case with lots of park in this part of Ontario. I did find a conservation area open, however, over in the Guelph/Eramosa area—Rockwood Conservation Area. It ...

Buffalo to Waterloo (Ontario)

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

I'm at the Homewood Suites in Waterloo, St. Jacobs, Ontario. This might even be the same room I was in last time I was here. In any case, the premium paid internet speed is acceptable. And because of the exchange rate, it'll cost only $3.81/day, rather than $4.95/day. Wooo! Again, ...

Syracuse to Buffalo

Friday, March 18th, 2016

I'm at the Springhill Suites Buffalo Airport location. It just opened in September, so it still has that new hotel smell. The paid internet speed is acceptable, and I have no clue how fast the unpaid is. Today's NWR was the Iroquois NWR in Alabama, NY. I wonder if there's a ...

Boston Stuff

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Today was fun. I began by meeting with Cam and Bart of the Katie Tyson Fund at the UUA. We had lunch at Tavern Road (mini review… I probably ordered wrong—it was okay, but just). I found out that UU Summer Seminary is growing to 25 youth and 8 days this ...

From Home to Mr. Peabody

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

I'm at the Springhill Suites on US 1 in Peabody. I've been here many times before. The internet speed seems to be one-size-fits-all. They don't offer the option to pay to buy higher speed. The speed is pretty feeble, so I guess it's a good thing I don't have pictures ...

Memphis to Farragut (Knoxville) via Hatchie NWR

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

I'm at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Knoxville, TN. It's a new property, and it's very nice. Everything except for the internet speed, that is. I don't know how fast the free connection is, but the paid connection is less than 3Mbps. I drove from east Memphis to here today, ...

From Texarkana to Memphis

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

I'm at the Springhill Suites on the east side of Memphis, having made the drive from Texarkana yesterday. The free wireless speed here sucks—only about 2Mbps. I didn't bother upgrading because a) they make it very hard to get back to the upgrade menu, and b) I didn't have many ...

From Fort Stockton to Texarkana—600 miles of rain

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Texarkana. This is my 3rd room here. No, not my 3rd visit. My 3rd room tonight—this visit. In the first room, the toilet was broken (tank wouldn't fill, so it was unflushable). In the second room, the heating/cooling unit cover was off, and there ...

Fort Stockton, Texas

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

I'm at the Candlewood Suites in Fort Stockton, Texas. It's a pretty long haul down to Big Bend National Park, but after looking at the hotel offerings closer (and really, not significantly closer), I traded a little extra driving time for comfort. The hotel has acceptable internet speed, which is good, ...

Monroe, LA to Austin, TX

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

This is my second night in Austin. Free internet is only about 1Mbps; paid is about 8Mbps. They really should stop calling it "high speed internet". This is not the 1990s anymore. The hotel is in a weird location. All through Austin, IH-35 runs parallel to each side of I-35, ...

Home to Buford to Monroe (LA)

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Monroe, LA. The king semi-suite is spacious—with wired and wireless. The speed is about 12 Mbps—better than most. Last night I was in the Springhill Suites in Buford, Georgia. Paid internet was about 8; unpaid was only about 1.2. The Buford room was huge—but ...

Charleston to Lumberton, Coastal Route

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Lumberton, NC. This is my last night on the road for this trip. The free internet speed here is about 2 Mbps. I paid for the upgrade to about 8 Mbps. Contrast this with last night's internet speed in Charleston, which was about 30 ...

West Palm Beach to Charleston, Via Jax

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Charleston, SC. It's a nice hotel! I don't believe I'd stay here in season—it'd probably be too expensive. But, in late January, it was $136 after all of the taxes were added int. The internet speed is in the 30s—quite acceptable. And, there's a ...

From Sarasota to West Palm Beach, via Corkscrew

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Today, I drove from Sarasota to West Palm Beach, via the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. There weren't as many birds visible there today as the past few times, but I did see two new birds for my life list—a black and white warbler and a yellow-bellied flycatcher. In fact, I saw ...

Home to Sarasota via Savannah and Jax

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

I changed hotels. The Homewood Suites in Sarasota was old, smelled of mildew, and the hallway floors were mushy in spots--rotting, I'm guessing. And, the internet speed was very slow--less than 2Mbps. There was no desk--just a kitchen table with non-adjustable chairs that were very hard to slide, which made ...

Binghamton to Woburn

Friday, August 21st, 2015

I'm at the Residence Inn in Woburn, Mass. The ride here was mostly uneventful. There were a couple of to-be-expected-on-a-summer-Friday slowdowns. But, I was really happy not to be heading west or south. Traffic westbound on I-90 out of Boston was terrible, as was traffic southbound on I-95. I've stayed here ...

Home to Binghamton, NY

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

I'm at the Courtyard in Vestal, NY, near Binghamton. This room is very small and dark, but otherwise okay. The internet speed is 3/3. Traffic coming up was horrible. Making it worse was torrential rain through most of Pennsylvania. Note to self—don't come this route again. It doesn't make up ...