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Leaving New York – The End Of The Road


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New York is a city of neighbourhoods, each with their own vibe. Nolita is a tiny area of cobbled streets, cool bars and funky shops, sitting just north of little Italy (hence the name No-Li-Ta).
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First We Take Manhattan – Cape Cod to New York City


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Cape Cod is a thin sandy peninsular that makes the shape of an arm wrestler’s elbow as it protrudes into the Atlantic Ocean. Once there was enough cod in the sea that, so they say,
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Little America – Lake Champlain to Boston


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Autumn in New England is a unique experience. The forested hills stretching up to the Canadian border become awash with the most amazing displays of colour as the leaves turn from green to vivid yellows,
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Falls To Climb – Virginia, Niagara & Up State New York


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Had things turned out differently in the American Civil War, it could well have been Richmond in Virginia that would now be home of the most powerful government in the world. Richmond was the Confederate
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World Leader Pretend – Great Smokies to Washington, DC


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Running parallel to the east coast of North America are the Appalachians, a chain of ancient mountains once the size of the Rockies. Today the mountains, after eons of weathering, form a spine of hills
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Pilgrimage – Savannah to Atlanta, Georgia


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Our time in Florida had felt a bit like being on holiday within our trip – all beaches and resort towns. As we headed into Georgia we seemed to re-enter the ‘South’. We holed up
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Green Grow The Rushes – New Orleans to Florida


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If the southern states are like a country separate from the rest of the US, then New Orleans is something different again. OK, the CBD is pretty non-descript (with the exception of the awesome Superdome,
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So. Central Rain – The Deep South


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We left Memphis and ventured further into the Deep South. We travelled through some off-the-beaten-track forests known as the Sipsey Wilderness, battling mosquitoes and hot humid weather broken only by frequent violent afternoon thunder storms.
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Find The River – Travelling the Mississippi River


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The Mississippi is the greatest and most important river on the continent, forming a dividing line between east and west, and a useful feature to guide the next part of our journey. We picked up
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Feeling Gravity’s Pull – Minneapolis, MN to Chicago, IL


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After a very pleasant day or two of cruising through endless cornfields and tiny farm town after tiny farm town, we came upon Minneapolis. Here was a lovely city, with an extensive waterfront of old
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Near Wild Heaven – Yellowstone and Grand Teton


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Yellowstone NP was the first and is the largest National Park in the States.  The park sits on the collapsed caldera of a massive super volcano approximately 60km across. There are several distinct areas in
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Can’t Get There From Here – Vancouver to Glacier NP


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And so we came to Vancouver, a city proudly sitting on an attractive waterfront (like a few other cities we have seen recently!). Actually we had some fun in getting here at all, as it
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The Great Beyond – The Pacific Northwest


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As you cross the state line from California into Oregon you get a sense that you’re travelling into somewhere different. There’s the odd glimpse of snow-capped mountains in the distance, the redwoods give way to
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I Remember California – Yosemite, Tahoe and Redwood NP


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If you had to design the perfect valley you might start with a river – pristine water gently gurgling over stones, wide and flowing enough to ride a raft down, but shallow enough to wade
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Bullet The Blue Sky – Joshua Tree to LA


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The wonders of the Grand Canyon were the last on our list of National Park scenery in the south-west, and we wanted to get across to the west coast asap. (On the way out we
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The Wake Up Bomb – Sante Fe, NM to the Grand Canyon, AZ


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From Durango in Colorado we travelled south back into New Mexico. The scenery changed from alpine to desert as we went along, though our next stop at Sante Fe is still at quite an altitude.
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Maps and Legends – Moab, UT to the Million Dollar Highway


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After visiting one red-rocked American icon in the form of Arches National Park, we headed south for another – Monument Valley. We stopped for supplies and a hit of civilisation in a happening little town
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We Walk – A National Park Bonanza


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And so we come to Utah, home to some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet. We took in a series of National Parks on this leg of the trip – each different and
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Daysleeper – Las Vegas and Nevada


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Before we get on to Las Vegas, let’s just mention The Hoover Dam, which sits on the Colorado River just outside the city and is one of the engineering wonders of the world. Built in
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London Calling – Tucson, AZ to Lake Havasu, AZ


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Tucson, Arizona is a hot desert town, perhaps most notable for its huge university population. We enjoyed some well-deserved non-camping R&R, and were taken out for a great night out by some friends of friends
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Low Desert – White Sands, NM to Bisbee, AZ


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After taking a while to get through our first State, we quickly hit a couple more – though we’ll be returning to both later. First up: New Mexico, and the White Sands National Monument. A
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Prairie Rose – Texas Pt 2: Big Bend to El Paso


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One of the huge attractions for us in making this trip to the US was the chance to see some of the most fantastic scenery on Earth. We plan to see as many National and
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Drive – Texas Pt 1: Dallas to Austin to San Antanio…


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And so, after the warm ups, comes the main game….The USA…. Our six month road trip officially began when we picked up our first rental car at Dallas Airport one Sunday afternoon. The car has
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Beachball – The Yucatan…


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After the mega metropolis of Mexico City and the colour and enchantment of Havana, it was back to Mexico for a few days of beachside R&R mixed with some day trips to a couple archaeological
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Havana, Cuba (or How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us…)


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Wow, Havana Cuba – what to say about Havana? It’s an explosion of colour. An extraordinary mix of old colonial splendour and decrepit socialist utopia, mixed with a smattering of run-down English sea-side town bolted
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8 Things We Learnt About Mexico City…


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1. There is a kangaroo on the Metro – and we’re not entirely sure why… The Mexico City metro works on a great system of icons for each station as well as names, so you know
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Begin The Begin – Mexico City…


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Well hello there Mexico City…! I’m not quite sure what we were expecting, but it turns out to be a pretty awesome place. Dusty, dirty and thronging with people for sure, but with wide boulevards,
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Airportman – on the way…


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After getting you all excited by the promise of a constant stream of interweb based bulletins on our extensive travels, it must seem that we’ve been awful quiet so far… Well, we have been spending
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Wanderlust – the how and why…


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So how exactly did we get here, at the beginning of our epic journey across The States? It all started 18+ months ago as a wild, crazy idea, spoken more than half jokingly. I mean,
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  • Not all those who wander are lost.

    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.

    Stephen Fry

  • Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

    Oscar Wilde