mandan's Guestbook



4th July 2015

Hello and goodbye and hello
Hello for the last time and goodbye to your trip in the United States. It's been fun reading your account and following your progress. And looking forward to saying hello again when you get back!
4th July 2015

Yes it's been a trip of a lifetime. Only covered part of it in the both. We'll prob both be annoying everyone for about 6 months going on about it!
3rd July 2015

Back to the Future time warp!
Correction! Back to the Future is 30 years old this week, not 25. Musta been caught in a parallel time line!!
3rd July 2015

Back to the Future time warp!
Correction! Back to the Future is 30 years old this week, not 25. Musta been caught in a parallel time line!!
3rd July 2015

The last few
I've definitely the last few entries from Grand Canyon onwards, especially the Santa Monica comments and the 'park bench' observations: the United States is a very divided country in terms of the haves and have-nots, that's for sure. Any good "Back to the Future" points? It's 25 years since it came out this week! BTW, I've just seen some trailers/reviews of the latest Terminator film: contractual obligation nothingy-nightmare I think. Only see it if you're a really die-hard hard-core fan! Anyway, I'll enjoy listening to your further stories of the trip when we meet in person!
27th June 2015

Flagstaff Arizona
I'm really liking the pics of the 'badlands' - keep 'em coming. I think Zoe spent some time in Flagstaff after she was at the Grand Canyon, and liked it there also.
25th June 2015

Roswell and beyond. . .
It must have been quite tempting to head off (be pulled?) to Roswell, though I can see on the map it's about 100 miles. But now I see the turn off to it is at Santa Rosa, woah! It goes through a town called Vaughn to get there, it says here. Is it getting really hot yet, or is it cooler the further up (into the mountainous regions) you're going? Looks like there are some peaks coming up (including Mt Taylor) between Albuquerque and Gallup and then past a range called Mogollon Rim, which sounds like outta 'Lord of the Rings'!
24th June 2015

Tony Christie (singer of "Amarillo") shoulda been hung out to dry. . .
. . .along with Gene Pitney. On the contrary, I've been impressed by your English skills! Lots better than the usual emails anyways. And the descriptions show "consistent focus" and "clear structure" (two criteria from the grade C band of my Cambridge exam I'm marking haha). Sorry to hear about your hotel and Jeep troubles; but they are the kind of hiccups that'll be some of the best stories later on - honest, you'll laugh like drains. Well, I think I'm just about caught up with the blog now. I'm gazing at the atlas and - is it Albuquerque next? You're making very good progress!!
25th June 2015

Yes we went through Normal, but don't think we got a picture of the sign. Passed through Tulsa but only stopped at the blue whale as we had to get on. Pretty pleased with the progress however we constantly feel like we don't have enough time. We've looked forward on our itenery and have noticed we prob would have stayed longer in some places and less time in others but it's all gravy.
24th June 2015

24 hours to Tulsa!!
You musta passed through Tulsa - it says so on my map! Do you know the song of my comment title? An old No 1 hit from a crap mid-60s singer called Gene Pitney. It's one of those Roy Orbison type ballads that's great to howl along to, especially in a car. I shoulda put it on one of your CDs. You'll be starting to go uphill once you're past Oklahoma I reckon.
24th June 2015

Normal, Illinois
I've been following your route on ye olde atlas, and it says there's a town about halfway between Chicago and St Louis called Normal. Which is a bit weird. Did you see this town? Hope you took a pic of the road sign!
20th June 2015

PS Bill
Just after I sent that first comment, I was watching the news/weather, only to discover that the remnants of ex-tropical hurricane 'Bill' are passing over Chicago now! Be safe driving in that one. . .
20th June 2015

Jeeps and Ferris Bueller
Really glad you made it over the 'pond' safely. That Jeep is VERY red, and looks a dream to drive. I'm sure you'll get used to that funny right-hand driving. If you remember the scenery in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" watch out for it, because it was set in Chicago haha! BTW, can you actually read this instantly, as in email? Love from Mr Technology-Dinosaur.
20th June 2015

Yay!
Awesome news. Glad you're safe and sound. Wait till you see the size of the beds in Vegas - bigger than our room at home! Have fun x

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