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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 28th 2018

Day 4 - Out and About It was up early in the morning today so Michelle and Anne could walk with Tony to the office, having a quick breakfast along the way. Anne and Michelle seem to be doing fine with jet lag, but Tony was up a lot overnight. Still 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. It was less than 2 miles to the office and a nice way to wake up, especially given how foggy and cold it was outside. Even at 730 AM, there are a lot of people out and about. Tony thinks that Google has the best walking routes configured, because each time they went off the prescribed path, they ran into rundown or smelly areas of town. Michelle and Anne took the Underground across the city to the Portobello Road ... read more
Morning Snack
Pick a stamp

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 27th 2018

Day 3 - Visiting a favorite Tony’s “avoid jet lag” plan is a success, so far. We all went to sleep at a normal London time (10 pm or so), and woke up by ourselves between 8 and 9 am, having slept comfortably throughout the night. This has not always been the case on international trips. We ate a light breakfast in the flat and headed out to Waterloo Station to catch a train to Windsor (singing Abba in our heads, and out loud). Having just been in Waterloo the night before, we are, of course, experts into how to enter and exit… so of course, we got lost again, and found a new entrance, which we realized had already gone to years ago. After an hour ride on a mostly empty train, we arrived at ... read more
Exclusive Peek
Hidden Beauty
Mind the gap

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 25th 2018

Days 1 and 2 Travel to LAX and on to London We were up bright and early to pick up our rental car and pack the last bits before driving down to LAX. It was cheaper - and more convenient - than flying out of San Luis Obispo’s regional airport. The rental company upgraded us to an “SUV” and we ended up with a real “take the top and doors off and go 4 wheeling” Jeep. Not the smoothest of rides. Michelle loved it, Tony was ambivalent and Anne was a firm “no” on the vehicle. Since we had time, and to break up the drive, we stopped by UC Santa Barbara to do a brief look-see and eat lunch. The campus is much flatter than CPSU and had many more roads and access ways for ... read more
UC Santa Barbara
Not to worry
And So It Begins

North America » United States » California » Atascadero July 31st 2016

Day 33 (and a bit) Santa Fe to HOME! Since there was minimal set-up last night we were able to pack up and get on the road early this morning. It was roughly 1000 miles between Santa Fe and Atascadero. We planned to go as far as Needles today and split the trip into two days. Our first stop was Albuquerque for breakfast. We found a nice cafe off of I-40 and had a great breakfast. After breakfast we were racing the thunderstorms again. We flew down I-40 through Gallup and into Arizona. once we reached Flagstaff we were back on the route we started on over a month ago. We were making pretty good time and expected to hit Needles in the early afternoon. At this point we noticed two things. I-40 was closed just ... read more
Worlds Largest Thermometer

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe July 30th 2016

Day 32 - Limon to Santa Fe Tony spent the morning at the repair shop while Anne and Michelle stayed at the motel. It was the bearing again and this time they had to do a bit more to repair it. Thanks to the quick work at the shop the repairs were done by early afternoon and after lunch we were on the road again. Our original plans were to go through Denver and work our way west and south from there. Since we lost most of the morning and the afternoon storms were approaching we decided to cut our loses and head home as directly as possible. Our most reasonable goal was Santa Fe. We headed out and thanks to Tony's great aiming skills we were able to outpace or squeeze between most of the ... read more
Tesla and Arby's
Humor on the Road
New Mexico

North America » United States » Colorado » Limon July 29th 2016

Day 31 - Hutchinson to Limon Thanks to the storm the night before, the morning was much cooler and a lot less humid. We made an early start with a goal of hitting the west side of Denver by mid afternoon. We made good time on I-70 and were soon in Colorado. We stopped at a nifty looking diner in Flagler for lunch and then hit the road again. About an hour later we were flagged by a passing car that there was something wrong with the trailer tire. We pulled off in Agate to find that we've lost another bearing on the trailer. Oh Joy! This time, the bearing basically exploded and took the inner/outer bearings, hub assembly, grease cap and decorative hub cap with it. The hub nut remained, but was basically fused to ... read more
No trees? No problem.
Lunch Stop

North America » United States » Kansas » Hutchinson July 28th 2016

Day 30 - Hutchinson There are many cool things to do in Hutchinson. We could have seen the salt mines or the Cosmoshpere. Instead tony spent the morning at the Toyota dealer getting the transmission checked out while Anne and Michelle started some laundry and relaxed. Our Van was losing it's passing gear and we had transmission overheat code come up yesterday. Those are two very bad things to have happen when heading into the mountains. Turns out the transmission had been overfilled and needed a flush. Once that was taken care of we headed out to explore Hutchinson. We found a great cafe in an old firehouse for lunch and afterwards looked around the shops in downtown Hutchinson. In the afternoon we got a personalized tour of the dairy plant where Matt works as the ... read more
Firehouse Cafe
Hi Abby!
Hi Matt!

North America » United States » Kansas » Hutchinson July 27th 2016

Day 29 - Maysville to Hutchinson An early start had us on the road and headed into Kansas. After passing by St. Louis we started to notice that the road and surroundings were remarkably similar to the last time we were in this part of Kansas, about 12 years ago. We made it to Tony's brother's house in the mid afternoon without any problems. Matt and Abby and their daughters moved to Hutchinson about a year ago. Unfortunately the girls were off visiting with their grandparents so we missed them on this trip. We went out to dinner at a restaurant called Carriage Crossings in the nearby town of Yoder. The town was originally a Amish settlement and still has a sizable Amish population. The restaurant serves traditional Midwestern meals and even has a family style ... read more
Park here please

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Joseph July 26th 2016

Day 28 - Elkhart to Maysville Today we mostly tried to make up some of the time lost to car repairs. Before leaving, Tony tried to reproduce a check engine light and code we have been seeing since leaving Grand Island. Alas, no luck without the trailer hooked up. However, he did accidentally drive by the main offices for two of the biggest RV manufacturers in the US: Forest River and Heartland. Note that Heartland is the company that made our travel trailer, so it was like a homecoming. Since we were behind, we didn't try to visit the factory. Will's place is less than a quarter mile from the Michigan border so we drove a bit north and spent some time taking in the very picturesque towns in Michigan as we worked our way west ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Elkhart July 25th 2016

Day 27 - Grand Island to Elkhart We were awoken by the lovely sounds of a storm this morning. It was a good thing we didn't have plans for the morning. We slept in and relaxed while we waited to hear news of the car repairs. We did a bit of trailer maintenance and stayed out of the morning storm. By 11:30 we got the news that the car was ready to go and the super helpful Manager of the Auto Parts store gave Tony a ride to pick up the car. By 1PM we were once again on the road and headed towards Elkhart IL. On the way we stopped at a massive service center that spanned the whole Interstate. There were gas stations on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway and ... read more
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