Archive for the ‘Travelogue’ Category

Lansing to Waterloo

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Yesterday was superb. More on why, later. I'm at the Homewood Suites in Waterloo, Ontario. The internet speed here is awful—1Mbps Down, and .5Mbps up. I was still able to upload pictures, however. I even tried upgrading to their premium speed, and there was no improvement. This morning, the upload speed ...

Madison to Lansing

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Delta Township, a little west of Lansing, MI. The trip here was uneventful—a combination of GPSes got me around a terrible accident and long backup on I-94 in the Chicago area. Kudos to my Android, which saved the day, even though its spoken directions ...

Regina to Madison, via Fargo

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

I've been guilty of not blogging. I attribute that to too much driving. Last night at the Comfort Suites in Fargo, ND, the internet speed was: I did audio Skype with Liz, and the speed was fine for that, but I wouldn't have tried video. Tonight I'm at the Cambria Suites ...

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 ...

Lock 32 Park Near Rochester

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

I'm in Rochester, NY for a friend's ordination at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. I arrived at about 15h yesterday, and had decided to visit Lock 32 Park, hoping there'd be a canal footpath. There was. Next time I'm in northern NY and need a place to hike, I'll ...

Hotel Room Hacks

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Rochester, NY. The internet speed is about 1Mbps Down and 500K Up. I.e.—very slow. Also, the hotel doesn't have automatic doors at the front, which means that one person has fun trying to get the luggage cart in/out. Other than that, however, the hotel ...

Kitchener to Rochester

Monday, May 25th, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Rochester. Its internet speed is "high speed" in the same sense that Fox News is "fair and balanced". It's not the worst in the world, and certainly better than dialup. But, it's not the speed one needs to stream Netflix or Amazon, either. And, it's ...

Guelph, Ontario

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Yesterday, I asked my friend Jess for any recommendations about photogenic places around Guelph. Following her suggestions, I visited the Guelph University Macdonald Stewart Art Centre's sculpture garden, the Guelph University Arboretum, and The Covered Bridge. I also did a drive-by to take some photos of the Basilica of Our ...

Scarborough, ME to Farmington, NY

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Farmington, NY. The internet speed here is dreadful. Farmington is truly in the middle of nowhere—about 20 minutes to the nearest supermarket. When I come back to upstate NY next weekend, I won't be staying here again. And, it's not just the ...

Boston to Scarborough and ET Sightings!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Scarborough, Maine. The internet speeds here are about 6 times faster than at the Springhill Suites in Peabody, where I was last night. On the way here, I jumped north to Wiscasset for a lobster roll at Red's Eats. Yum, as usual. I also ...

Home to Boston

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Peabody, Mass. The internet speed here is dreadfully slow—only about 720K. I don't know if that's their best speed, or if maybe it's slow before there are three busloads of kids with laptops who are all online right now. The drive up from Virginia was ...

25 Things I Associate with Virginia

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Somebody posted a list of 25 things they insist that anybody from Virginia has done. I'm from Virginia—10 years in Norfolk and almost 50 years in/near Alexandria—and I'd actually literally done only 12 things on the list. For example, I've never played cornhole, and I refuse to believe that ...

Home to Albany to Dedham

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

I'm at the Fairfield Inn in Dedham, Massachusetts. The hotel is a little funky, but the room is clean and not too noisy (so far). The internet speed is surprisingly fast, though. Last night, at the Springhill Suites in Albany, the premium internet speed was only about 8Mbps—the free rate was ...

Little Rock to Jackson to Wytheville

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Wytheville, VA. The internet speed here is pretty good—10 Mbps. Last night, I was at the Comfort Suites in Jackson, TN, where the nominal speed was phenomenal for a U.S. hotel—about 50 Mbps. It was kind of sticky, though. It would start/stop unexpectedly. On the ...