Road Trip 2016

Traveling the U.S.A. by RV. First Cleveland to check out the convention, then Pensacola, then meeting up with an a college friend at his mountain retreat outside of Colorado Springs. Finally a Grand Canyon rafting trip for 6 days.
  • Day24

    Milan Train Station

    September 18, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Changing trains. Enormous train station. My second time though here in 10 days.

    Train I can in on. Unbelievably long. Inside the station and train I'm headed to Switzerland on.

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  • Day24

    Leaving Roma headed to Zurich

    September 18, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    I've got plans up north so Croatia will have to wait. I'm spending 2 days in Zurich then I'm going to Stuttgart to visit the Mercedes-Benz museum.

    Roma Termini - It was fun but I won't miss the mass chaos of this place.

    Frecciarossa train - Not quite as bad ass looking as the train I posted a pic of a couple days ago but it's real fast and I'd guess we are doing between 150-180 mph right now. My rail pass is first class if available. If you are over 26 yo and get a pass they only have first class. It's great unless down south here where the trains do not have that kind of seating. In this train its pretty much like business class on a plane with them feeding me and bringing plenty of juice and coffee and free high speed internet.Read more

  • Day23

    Rome

    September 17, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Segway tour of ancient Rome. I have been wanting to ride one for years and finally did. It's amazingly intuitive. You think where you want to go and as a result you then put more weight on your toes and the slight shift in balance tells the Segway to go that way. More weight on your toes as if to walk faster and it goes faster. More weight on your heels and it slows, then even balance and it stops. The more confident you are on it the better it responds almost like a horse. In no time I was driving it backwards and spinning it in circles. It was incredibly efficient for seeing Rome's ancient sites as they are spread out and the Segway's are quick. In a way they are perfect for Rome like a modern day mini-chariot.

    I went with Rex Tours www.rex-tours.com as they were the highest rated on Trip Advisor and Lorenzo the tour guide was an amazing Segway instructor, tour guide and friend to all. At one point we stopped at a small bar the locals frequent for espresso and gelato and had whatever we wanted at no additional cost go us. It was an unexpected surprise for me and nice taste of local Roman culture. If you go to Rome, go on this tour. Of the 2 times I have spent time in Rome this was the best thing I did.

    I think the pic of me in front of the The Colosseum on a Segway is my favorite of my European trek so far. To give you some idea of how above and beyond Lorenzo went he insisted on laying down on the dirty street to get the best angle of me in front of The Colosseum. The second pic is Lorenzo and I on the banks above where they held the chariot races 2000 years ago. From those banks he had us pick ruccola growing wild and wash it in the nearby fountain and taste it. It was incredibly spicy. I asked why they have all of these fountains that just run continuously and he said they feed off the aqueduct system and just drain back down and come back up again. The third pic is me in front of the Tiber river that will rise to nearly the level of the bridge behind me each year.
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  • Day22

    Rome

    September 16, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    More pics. I walked all over ancient Rome my first day in town revisiting sites I had enjoyed before. I walked for over 6 hours so the Segway the next day was a nice break. Specifically I went to see the Trevi fountains and Fontana della Barcaccia below The Spanish Steps. Both were under major renovations which is good but the pace of restoration seemed to be crawling along. They should probably call the Germans if they ever want to get it completed.Read more

  • Day21

    Roma, Italia

    September 15, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    That is not the train that brought me here but I wish it had been rather than the one that took 10 hours from Sicily and was hot as hell and jam packed. I guess this red train is the Italian version of France's TVG. Whatever it is it looks awesome and fast.

    Out front of the train station.

    New digs: Alessandra Palace Hostel. Less than 5 minute walk from the train station.

    I'm thinking about going on a Segway tour of ancient Roma. Seems almost blasphemous but I've wanted to ride a Segway for a while.

    I'm making my way to Zagreb, Croatia and think I'll split the trip up by going to Venice in a couple days.
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  • Day21

    Leaving Catania heading to Roma

    September 15, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    I came for the volcano and am glad I did.

    Pic of the main church in town last night at sunset. The only nice thing in this town were the churches. Pic of the fireworks last night/this morning at 12:50 am. I'm not kidding and they did it the night before too. It was so loud it was impossible to sleep and lasted for a half an hour in total. I asked one of the people working at the hostel and they said they just do it sometimes no one really knows why. It was near lawlessness here. Being so close to Africa there are some real ass clowns in Sicily. They are not up here to contribute but rather trash the place up and act like punks. One kept touching my day pack so I turned to him and pointed to his arm and indicated I would snap his arm like a twig. He understood that language and moved on to easier prey. Up near Mount Etna however there were some small villages that were far cleaner and looked like nice places to stay. The vegetation and farms going up the mountain were incredibly lush from the great soil created from the thousands of years of lava flows that reach to the sea. Of course my requisite at the train station pic. I have to say having everything you need to live on your back and moving whenever you want has an enormous feeling of freedom that comes with it even with my pack topping 60 lbs. I'm thinking perhaps Prague after Roma.

    Good bye Mexico de Europa!
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