A review of what we did on the first few days of the Route 66 trip.
*Days -1, 0 and 1: Illinois*
At Mel’s house near Aledo Illinois. JK and I got our first tastes of Midwest hospitality, food and so on. Mel’s parents were really welcoming to us and let us do some fun stuff (point scoring for Jonny too) around the farm. More later.
We drove south from there via Beardstown (if you know him you’ll know why), Macomb (where Martin went to college and met Ashleigh) where we made our first death defying near-miss, driving down the left side of a slip road when we should’ve driven 50 yards further and done the 90-degree turn. Lesson: Don’t turn left unless you absolutely have to. After Macomb (where Travis lives, but we didn’t get to call on him) we drove South again to Springfield, IL and then on to St Louis (through East St L which Martin says is the worst place ever, though we now know different (later: NM)). It has a lovely big Arch thing, which I think I got one half decent photo of. But it was late and I had no tripod :(
First nights stay was in a Red Roof Inn, which was thoroughly decent though its bathroom door wouldn’t close properly, so we created a genius system of letting eachother know we were in bathroom: the light was on… It cost $93 between the two of us which is under £50 and £25 each; bargain by standards here, especially as it was well located just off the Interstate in a large city. (The ‘motel’ on Sandy Row – just off the M1 ;) – costs £69 per night for one person in a room as far as I know). All motels for ‘two’ come with two Queen sized beds, TV, shower and all that. Bonuses are fridges and microwaves, though all we used those for was to cool water.
I’m going to make a small sub-site for Trip Review, Photos, Tour Guide and Motel Reviews; possibly going expand it and make a bit of a 2 point Oh ‘submit your experience’; maybe mash it up with google maps and make a road trip planner – who knows; could be fun.
More soon, moving to Belfast today… I hate Jet Lag by the way – was up at 5.30 this morning (brain thinks it was 8.30PM the previous night in LA) and have been tidying and getting ready to move.
Came across a few Weird Al videos on youTube, very funny.
Especially White & Nerdy.
Also eBay and Don’t download this song.
Just letting you know I arrived safe and well in Chicago, Illinois last night and have been at American Mel’s house for the past 24 hours, it’s been great craic and we’re expecting a nasty thunderstorm which could be fun – they have a Tornado shelter here but I think it’s the wrong season for those!
It is however Duck Hunting season (I think) and so we went with Mel’s Dad to a ‘hunter safety clinic’ which is where they teach kids how to survive when hunting and also how to not be stupid with guns. Take that concept as you will, guns/safe/stupid and all that, but it’s quite good to see that its all part of the system – they need to do this training before they are allowed a license. Same applies to hunting with a bow and arrow!!
Jet lag is a pain, and the Indian lady who kept hocking up phlegm the whole way across on the plane meant I got no sleep either. Funny story – I was sat beside two people in the centre of the 777 – on the right was a black Philipino benedictine monk called Bar-luke (Which i think may have been ‘brother’ Luke, but I’m not sure; and on the left was a Serbian guy from Austria (I think) who was in a car crash and in a coma for a year. Thankfully his sister (from Chicago) is a brain surgeon and was able to help “repair” him. Before that he says he used to fly 2-3 weekends a year and he was reading ‘Foreign Affairs’ – a magazine popular with Diplomats and so on; so you never know he mighta been a Serbian spy or something :-) That was fun.
Will keep up to date if/when and if I can be bothered for the next 11 days or so, but here’s to boring Oklahoma!
24 hours and I’ll be checking in down at Dublin. Hopefully will be able to access this (not for you! for me! :-D) and keep a log of stuff we do and places we go. Not bringing the puter with me. I think that’s a good idea. Up til 3AM designing final cuts of posters is LATE. LATE i tell you, when you need to be up and outta here at 8AM tomorrow. [think of something useful to say.... nope]
Ok I’m outta here, Chicago here I come.
Well, wasn’t that a whole bunch of fun! I installed a plug-in to Textpattern and… well… simply put it completely wrecked my blog. I couldn’t extract it even direct from the database. So I had to get the beautiful people at textdrive to come to my assistance. As the shared hosting backup server’s been down for a month or two the backup I had to use was 27th June….
Good thing I took a database copy just before I pulled the plug. Kudos to Jan at TextDrive for the assist.
Ahem, note to self. Try plug-ins on non-live server next time….