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North America » United States » California » Temecula March 7th 2014

We arrived in Temecula around 4 pm. We set up and created out outdoor area behind our RV. Larry and Henna are right next to us. We are staying at Pechanga RV Resort. It sits right next to some mountains and is a nice park. We enjoyed cheese, blackberries, adult beverages and the warm sunshine, but as soon as the sun began to set, the temperature dropped quickly. Ken brought out our heater and Henna sat right next to it. This is the same heater that Henna stood too close to and caught her pants on fire at our yard sale a few years ago! Larry and Ken decided to take a bike ride and Henna and I went inside to start dinner. We put the green beans and diced potatoes on and enjoyed talking and ... read more
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I am so grateful for the travel agent for messing up my flights as I have had such an awesome time in San Diego. It really is a great city and so easy to get to the beach as well, it has it all! Well, accept good public transport but this seems to be a running theme in America. I have been terrible at keeping my diary over the last 3 weeks so I'm going to have to just try and recap what I've been up to from memory. When I last wrote I was going to Balboa Park which I believe is bigger than Central Park and home to lots of museums. Brogan and I managed to get into the Photographic Art Museum for free and it was amazing. My favourite exhibition was the one ... read more
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You would think by now, after TSA rules, and just common sense, that passengers would dress appropriately for a plane ride. Conversely, there are people who probably go a little too far, and make their seat their own personal spa or retreat. So, what might these things be? And I certainly hope you are not one of them, names withheld to protect the guilty! Uncomfortable Shoes Always in the eye of the beholder, as some of you may feel perfectly comfortable in your 6 inch heels. Did you ever think that you might have to evacuate, like the Asiana plane at SFO, run through burning grass, or dodging fire trucks? I have also landed on many runways and deplaning areas in SE Asia that are gravel or loose clay. img=https://blu170.mail.live.com/Handlers/ImageProxy.mvc?bicild=&canary=PBmr%2b17plN6%2bYEAuXLaowmtVgh%2fVG3RAx7Co118lHXA%3d0&url=http%3a%2f%2fts1.mm.bing.net%2fth%3fid%3dHN.608019... read more


I have used miles (or paper upgrades) to upgrade to First and Business Class on several airlines, mostly United, Virgin America, US Scare, Hawaiian, and Alaska, but also many foreign airlines, like China Airlines, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, and Thai Airways. Some are worth it, some are not. But here are some things that just might blow your socks off! Showers I hear that Emirates Airlines has hot showers and lie flat beds. But the shower limit is 5 minutes! A Bidet ANA has warm water bidets in first class. I would rather have more expensive champagne than warm water on my butt! img=https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSZNzKWZ-jwgIg9KvXw3LNSgp4qbB-1tTAJTdrfyMLUHIQQxTuG A Seat and a Bed The first class cabin on Lufthansa has both a seat and a bed, all in the upper deck of the 747, with a capacity of ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego » La Jolla February 23rd 2014

The emotion associated with leaving people and the place that you have lived for the past 20 years is of course huge, but this blog is not about that personal side of events, but rather about what comes from motorcycling to clear ones head for what lies ahead in life. This blog is about a 2500 mile motorcycle trip and what happens on the way. Its about the sheer joy of motorcycling through the ups and downs that occur on any long trip and the people that share that trip with you. The trip today is all about route 8 east which I joined from route 67 having left Poway (where I live for now) by what I would call the back route - that is away from the coast. It strange to be traveling the ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 17th 2014

What truly makes a holiday.... I've always lived by a motto when I travel... Tourists see sights.... Travellers experience culture Nothing upsets me more than seeing people pile off a bus to take photos of a landmark before jumping back on and heading to the next stop. How are they experiencing the country... the culture... the essence that makes a place hum and tick, when they never socialise with anyone other than their own group and never experience the local way of life. In my mind, this is the difference between a tourist and a traveller. Apon arriving in San Francisco and finding parking, hostel and all the mundane things, I met one of my roommates and hit it off. Ross, from Detroit, was a fellow traveller that's been working around the world for the last ... read more
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Well, I never did this when I was a "road warrior" but times have changed. Check out this article. Your colleagues who stay in the office probably have the idea that business travelers live pretty high on the hog, eating and drinking in swanky restaurants and putting it all on the company tab. But a new report from Certify, a firm that tracks business travel spending, puts the lie to that notion. The report lists the specific vendors that road warriors tend to include the most on expense reports from business trips, and the three that top the list are hardly five-star establishments — they’re more like the kind of places someone might rush into at the airport on the way to a flight. Starbucks tops the list, followed by McDonald’s and Subway. Rounding out the ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego » Coronado February 11th 2014

There has been a few random changes of plan which have actually worked out really well and led me to go to San Diego for a month to do a work for my accommodation job in a hostel. This was due to the huge fee to change the date of my flight from LA to Lima as when I originally booked it I thought I would be in California for longer. For the cost to change the ticket I was going to be able to stay in LA and work for my accommodation and spend the same sort of money so I thought why not. Accept I didn't stay in LA as the place I was staying didn't have any jobs, plus their were a few creepy characters who I was happy to leave behind. So ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Redding February 10th 2014

Hallo zusammen Weihnachten scheint schon eine Ewigkeit her zu sein und das Wetter hier in Redding hat so richtig gedreht! Es regnet! Und zwar im Schweizer-Stil! Also Dauerregen... seit drei Tagen und das sollte noch ein paar Tage so bleiben. Die Locals sind erleichtert, denn ab Mitte Dezember war es tagsüber zwischen 15 und 25 Grad warm und sonnig. Soooo schön!!! Im Sommertenue Mountainbiken und draussen herumhängen, den Frühlingsduft der blühenden Bäume einatmen, mmmhhh, dagegen hatte ich gar nichts!! Nachts war es aber jeweils kalt, wie immer die grossen Temperaturunterschiede zwischen Tag und Nacht. Ja, letztes Wochenende erlebte ich ein paar Schreckensstunden! Am Freitag Abend als ich das gemütliche Barnes & Noble nach etwa 1,5 Stunden verliess, war mein Velo einfach nicht mehr da! Das Schloss sauber durchtrennt hing verloren am Geländer und das war einer ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz February 9th 2014

5th & 6thFebruary San Francisco Arrived San Francisco early morning, and passed under Golden Gate Bridge just after 5.15 am. Before disembarkation for our trips we had to pass through immigration (AGAIN). Our allotted time was 07.45 am. An hour and a half later we passed through the immigration channel. You can imagine the frustration in the queue which literally stretched the length of the ship at one stage. No one was leaving the ship until everyone had been seen!! And there’s always one (or in this case three) that held up proceedings!! This stop is also a changeover port and some 1400 passengers will disembark over the next two days. There will also be some changes in the crew including the captain. It will be interesting to see how the dynamics change with new passengers ... read more
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