Joined October 2017
  • Day2

    Kansas is windy!

    Yesterday in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    After lunch yesterday, I was driving through the Oklahoma town of Coalgate. I turned around to take a picture of the courthouse's veterans memorial. Well, that's what I thought it was. Believe it or not--and you have to believe it because I have a picture--it was the Ten Commandments from the Bible. Whoa.

    Later, I hit two Harley dealerships in Tulsa and one in my overnight location of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

    I got to the hotel around 18:00 and had a very nice swim, shower, and meal before crashing around 21:00. That was far too early, as it turned out. I woke up at 01:00 wide awake. I dozed off around 04:30 until my alarm at 06:00. Bad start to today.

    Before I left the hotel at just before 07:30, I took pictures of two of the art buffalo or whatever they're called. I have no idea how many are there, but I saw about five. They reminded me of the fancy goldfish that is used in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where I lived for a while.

    Today was another gorgeous day with clear blue skies! It was only around 60°F/15°C when I started out, so it wasn't long before I had to stop and put on another shirt. Wow!

    I skipped breakfast, so I stopped for food about 10:00. I found a great place called Little Firehouse Cafe in Derby, Kansas. A packed house it was and rightly so because the breakfast burrito I had was humongous and delicious.

    After brunch, I made it to the Harley dealership in Park City, Kansas. I missed the border, but there aren't always goodbye/hello signs on smaller roads. I just happened to notice that the highway numbers changed and that I started leaning sideways against the wind. Kansas is windy!

    Right now, I'm on the side of Interstate 195 because I can't get my GPS to reroute me off this 75 mile per hour nightmare. This part of the interstate is also a US highway (81?), so the TomTom thinks it's okay.

    That's all for now. Don't forget to be awesome! ✌️

    Day 1 total mileage: 378.5

    P.S.: I didn't type all of this on the side of the highway.
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    Day 1!

    August 1 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Matthew McConaughey (Texan) perfectly summed up today's ride so far: "Alright alright alright!"

    I'm on my way to Sturgis!! I hit the road today at about 08:30 and am now stopped for lunch in Atoka, Oklahoma.

    What a gorgeous day on which to start another journey! Blue skies with puffy white clouds, a lovely 75°F/23°C, and a cooler breeze. Perfect!

    I'll post again tomorrow with another noon selfie. 😀

    Don't forget to be awesome! ✌️
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  • Day463

    The End

    September 9, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    I have just landed in Chicago, completing my Hash-Packing the World trip.

    Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I say to you, for the last time, So long and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

  • Day463

    All Good Things Must Come to an End

    September 9, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The zoo was great, but as expected, many of the animals were napping in the shade. The dolphin show was cool.

    Unfortunately, today is my last day outside of the United States. I left the US on 10 June 2018 and when I return today 9 September 2019, I will have visited 4 continents (2 new ones for me), spent time in 17 countries (14 new ones for me), hashed in 15 countries (14 new ones for me), and literally flown around the globe.

    A friend asked me what was my favorite part of this trip. Seeing old friends and making new ones was definitely the best. However, what brought tears of joy to my heart was touching rescued elephants in a Thai sanctuary, hearing the piercing calls of gibbon apes from a treehouse in the jungles of Laos, feeling the surge of water from dolphins encircling me at arms length in New Zealand, smelling a glacier in Chile, and seeing prehistoric Komodo dragons in Indonesia. That just scratches the surface of how incredible our world is and the life it fosters. I am so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in just a tiny fraction of it during this trip.

    Thank you to all the beautiful Hashers who opened their homes to me along the way, particularly but not in any particular order Soak&Romney, Xerox&Lexy&Leon, Meat&Easy, Tongue Lasher, Red Light District, Gypsey&Rewd, Automatic Balls&Time For Bed, Tickler, Sniffer Dog, Black Dog&Green Finger, Both Ends&Madam Sin, Jubes (the awesome campervan), and (almost) Mongo.


    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day462

    Aquarium and Zoo

    September 8, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    The hash was terrific yesterday! I met several new friends, one of which told me how easy it is to move to Portugal. Hmm.

    I've spent this morning at the aquarium. The main tank was nice, but a little barren. The Sunfish, Manta Rays, and a massive Sandbar Shark were gorgeous, but the tank just had rocks in it. The rest of the aquarium was okay with some penguins, four funny sea otters, and a tropical rain forest. I only spent an hour there, which says a lot since I can watch animals for hours on end.

    Now I've just arrived at the zoo. I should have come here first, then done the aquarium in the heat of the day. I suspect most of the animals will be sheltering from the sun and heat, but perhaps some will be out. I hope this is an ethical place. I didn't do any research about it. I'll let you know tomorrow.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day461

    Saturday is a Hashing Day!

    September 7, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    I had a nice breakfast around 08:30 yesterday, then walked up the Avenue da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) to catch a city sightseeing bus. I left on the first bus at 10:00 and spent all day on three routes, the Red, Blue, and Green lines. I jumped off at a Blue stop for lunch in the Praça do Comércio.

    After finishing the Blue route, I took Green to see a couple more things. I did the full route, then I jumped off at Green Stop 3 at the top of Barrio Alto neighborhood overlooking the city. I wanted to and did take the Elvador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Elevator) down to the part of the city where I'm staying. I got back to the hostel around 18:30, and it was straight to the shower. I had intended to go out for dinner, but after cleaning up and getting in front of the fan, I just couldn't get out of the hostel.

    This morning I grabbed a cod and cheese roll, a specialty of Lisbon and walked around a bit by the river. Then I grabbed a pork bifana (sandwich) with a small beer...all for €3.50! Wow and delicious! I picked up some green grapes at a grocery on the way back to the hostel. Later I am going to the hash. Yay!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

    P.S.: The selfie is from yesterday afternoon.
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  • Day459

    My First Day in Portugal

    September 5, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    I'm enjoying my first full day in Portugal by staying in bed. Nah, I'm really getting up. I've been chatting with friends about further travel plans.

    I went to the Hard Rock Cafe after I got settled in the hostel. Another HRC under my belt. I wound up staying for dinner and watching music videos.

    This hostel is strange, but okay. It's really just a second floor with one room partitioned into six cubes with mattresses in them. A coed bathroom is en suite. Everything is plywood, but it works. There's no air conditioning, but there's a small fan/dehumidifier that I turned up to blow into my cubicle. It works. €90 for 5 nights. It really works.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day457

    Last Day in Germany

    September 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I finished my book yesterday before Jürgen and Jean got home from work. We had a nice meal and I called it an early night around 22:00.

    Today, I'm just hanging out with the internet when I can get a signal. I forgot how irritatingly limited connectivity is in small villages. Oh well. I leave tomorrow anyway.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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