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Sep 14, 2017 - All You Need Is Love

The traffic I encountered from the California state line, up over the Sierras, and all the way home today is certainly a different scene than when I was here the first time in 1967. Yikes! So many changes in that half century. We BBB's bemoaned some of the changes in ourselves as well, but we agreed that we are still young in spirit, 50 years better, and glad to be here. As the sun sets on the Summer of Love and on my road trip, the Beatles remind us that, in spite of all the loss and discord in our world of late, the important thing is the...

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Aug 30, 2017 - SFO to Auckland

August 30, 2017 Now that we have done 8 two month camping trips in our Roadtrek around the US and Canada we have rented a Mercedes Sprinter camper (Britz Ventura) in New Zealand. The rigs are both Sprinter 3500s but the Britz has the steering on the right and the layout of the camper is a bit different. The Britz comes outfitted with linens, pots/pans, utensils and dinnerware. We went through our checklists and found that we need to take things like a first aid kit, bungee cords, spices, tote bag etc. Our duffel bags are fairly...

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2017 New Zealand

Aug 17, 2017 - Leaving San Francisco

Early morning start and quick breakfast with the taxi waiting. Taxi to Transbay Bus Station where I collected my Rail Pass and all pre-booked tickets (8 trips altogether), and checked my suitcase for the first leg to Denver, Colorado. Caught the AMTRAK Transbay Bus across the Bay Bridge to Emeryville Station. Ended up sitting next to an African American guy named Geoff who was also travelling to view the eclipse (in Lincoln, not far from Omaha) - very interesting chat. At Emeryville Station very confusing instructions to all passengers...

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Eclipse Chasing 2017

Aug 16, 2017 - Los Angeles to San Francisco

After a very basic breakfast at the hotel took the shuttle back to the airport, then found my flight had been cancelled - booked on to another flight 2 hours later. Finally arrived in San Francisco around 1pm. Caught the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport) to Civic Square Station, where there was a massive market/entertainment event happening, then a 20 minute walk to the hotel. Fairly run-down building. My room was in a separate building up a steep flight of stairs - shared facilities but the room was quite nice. Given the flight delay, my...

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Eclipse Chasing 2017

Jul 13, 2017 - Missed connections but a completed checklist

So another early morning! The kids did a great job of getting up by 7:30 and getting down for breakfast. In fact, we finished ahead of time and were able to head out for our walk down to Fisherman's Wharf before our 8:15 goal. We found the City Sightseeing office and redeemed our online voucher for the tickets to Muir Woods and Sausalito. The bus was to leave to 9am and we were first on the bus; getting really good seats. Turns out the bus wasn't exactly full. Our "guide" was Russell--who introduced himself by saying that he was normally a...

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Jul 12, 2017 - On & Off and In & Out

July 12 Today we needed to use the second/last day of our passes so we started off with the Hop On/Hop Off bus. We'd planned to catch the 10:15 one just a couple of blocks from the hotel but it was running late, didn't arrive until 10:45 so the day was already behind schedule. We rode it for about half an hour and then got off near the piers, intending to go to the Exploratorium (Pier 15). The stylized map the bus uses is really cute but pretty unhelpful as far as determining where you are. Turns out the bus dropped us off at Pier...

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Jul 11, 2017 - A Busy day and an unexpected sighting

Well, I can say that the Coast Starlight train is much smoother than the City of New Orleans but it still was not a restful night. I don't think it was the train as much as I just couldn't get comfortable. I had asked Armenio for a 6:50am wake up call and told Jef to ask for the same. Jef heard 6:15. I'm not sure what Armenio heard but Jef was outside out door knocking at 6:25, saying that Armenio hadn't gotten him up. Sigh. Anyway, we were all up and in the dining care for breakfast by 7:25. Everybody but me had French toast; I had the...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Final Day in San Francisco

Susan and I slept in a bit and wandered down to the ferry to go back into the city. We had two objectives--(1) ride the cable cars and (2) get a pound of Sees candy. Well and maybe get some souvenirs. We got off the ferry and found out they were have market day and food truck day near the ferry terminal. So we browsed the stands and got some Italian donuts to hold us over until lunch. Our guide with Dlyan tours had told us of an easy way to catch a cable car and not have to stand in a long line near Fisherman's Wharf. There is a cable car...

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Jun 12, 2017 - Tour of San Francisco

We all got up about 6:30am for our big tour of the city. The Gallos were on the road by 7:15am and Susan and I and Harley were at the kennel at 7:30 am to drop Harley off for a couple of days. Susan and I then walked to the ferry which took about 15 minutes. We caught the ferry and relaxed as we crossed the bay. Not a bad way to get to work. The ferry terminal was about a 25 minute walk from the meeting point for our tour. We had heard from Elisabeth that they were there and we hurried through the streets of San Francisco-- not too many...

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Jun 11, 2017 - On to San Francisco

I have been getting a lot of flack from my daughter Jessica that I am not posting fst enough for her to enjoy my trip. :) So this will be a short post that will help catch me up. We got up and headed off to San Francisco. It was a really pretty drive back through the high plains and central valley. It really has hit home on this trip how diverse this country is and how much empty land exists. We drove through the central valley and then up along the San Francisco Bay through Berkeley and across the bridge into Marin county. It was Sunday so...

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May 21, 2017 - San Francisco - Need to add photos

After a good nights sleep, we were up reasonably early however enjoyed a bit of a lie in. Watched the street sweepers doing their best to sweep the street however cars parked along the way didn't help and they need to sweep the footpaths as well. A good fire hose or two to clean the paths would be a good idea too. This is a really scummy area and it's hard to believe that two blocks down is the Hilton San Francisco. Walking along the street here is like walking down the stairs on the Roe St side of the Perth railway station....I always hold...

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May 20, 2017 - San Francisco - need to add photos

I woke at 4:00am, much earlier than I wanted to especially as we'd had a late night last night....I'm still on New York time. Read until Pete woke and we set out to explore San Francisco. We re-traced our steps to close to where we came in last night and walked down Market Street. It was quite grotty and messy....lots of rubbish around and different kinds of people. I was wondering what sort of a city we'd come to. Our plan was to head to the water and after walking for a while, we caught a tram. A local lady on board gave me some into...

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