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    • Day51

      Sonnenaufgang in Cape Coral 🌅

      March 1, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Mein Morgen begann heute mit einem einstündigen Sonnenaufgangsspaziergang im Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. In dem Naturschutzgebiet gibt es verschiedene Stegs, die man zu Fuß erkunden kann. Natürlich ideal für einen Spaziergang am Morgen, denn für den Rest des Tages standen von 8 Uhr bis 20 Uhr nur Meetings auf dem Programm.Read more

    • Day1

      Taco Bell

      August 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Whuhuuu das erste Mal Taco Bell in meinem Leben und man will einfach alles ausprobieren! Burritos schmecken mega, und diese gezimteten Nachtischbällchen mit Vanillefüllung erst mhhhhhhh 🤗
      Die Getränkeauswahl eher speziell...Read more

    • Day3

      Walmart Supercenter

      October 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Prepaid-SIM-Card T-Mobile für $38 gekauft.
      Starter-Kid: $8
      Guthaben: $30
      On-the-go-plan für $30 gewählt: 100 Freiminuten, 5 GB 4G mobiles Internet

      GELDABHEBEN OHNE GEBÜHREN (im Gegensatz zum Publix Supermarket)Read more

    • Day1

      Wo das herkommt gibt es noch mehr

      August 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Die ersten Experimente. Ich bin gespannt! Im 7Eleven hätte ich noch mehr mitnehmen können, alles schreit förmlich „Kauf mich“ 🤩
      Ich starte mal langsam.

    • Day217

      South bound and down

      April 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      After 6 months in the Arctic, I took a little trip southward and then back northward. Basically, I thought that traversing the eastern seaboard of North America would be fun. I thought too, that I should attempt 5 flights in one day. Seems reasonable. I'll have everyone know, for the record, that I would have made it too had Air Canada not scheduled our flight to land in Toronto when US immigration was closing. I'm not sure why they would do that, but it allowed me to spend a very short night in Toronto instead of South Florida. Good news was that I was back on a plane at 6am headed south and was there in time for brunch! Yea planes!! They are amazing.

      Some highlights and thoughts from the trip include:
      1. So many sounds and sights. Sensory overload. And that was just stepping off the jet bridge into the Ottawa airport terminal. My friend cautioned me before leaving to "try not to be a weirdo" since I hadn't been around lots of people or foods or crowds for 6 months. I really tried to adhere to her advice, but I must admit, my head was swiveling about quite a bit as all the noises, lights, and movement captured my attention. *think 3 year old at the fair's midway.

      2. The food and food smells! I broke the "weirdo" creedo when I couldn't resist pawing a cup of fruit with blueberries and cantaloupe in it. The fruit had no bruises and wasn't rotting. And this was at the little side stores that suck at the airport--not even a nice place! I was mesmerized.

      3. I realized that the Arctic is quiet. No bells, sirens, horns, few planes or cars...just really quiet. There is no traffic noise. No construction noise. Add snow and what little sound there is is dampened even more! I didn't realize how quiet it was until I was navigating through the Ottawa airport. TVs going, people talking, airport carts beeping, blaring announcements.

      4. Life is simple in the Arctic, but hard. Let me expand. My friend and I went to the grocery store. I wanted to get items that are unavailable in Igloolik or sometimes Canada, and she was doing some Easter shopping. We made our way to the "Easter display" of the store. This "display" was not a display at all. It was a giant aisle, the width of 2 aisles and spanned the entire store from the front to the back. This Easter aisle was bigger than the entire store that sells all groceries, home goods, and even ATVs, in Igloolik. For Easter. She was putting together Easter baskets for her young family members. She wanted to include a chocolate bunny. The difficulty became in deciding WHICH chocolate bunny. You see, there wasn't 1 or 2 choices of bunnies. There were seemingly endless choices. Do we want a Lindt bunny? Russell Stover? Hershey? Cadbury? Do we want milk chocolate? Dark chocolate? Blueberry filled chocolate? Strawberry filled chocolate? Do we want a 3 in bunny? A 5 inch bunny? A giant bunny? Do we want it solid chocolate or hollow? That was for the bunny. Then, we had to decide what kind of Easter eggs to put in the basket. I quit. The time and effort it takes to do all that....wow. So, while I complain that we have nothing here, it does make things incredibly easy and quick. I am not having to make any decisions on which store to go to, I don't have to price compare, I don't have to think about whether I could order this on the internet, I don't have to deliberate over 16 types of spaghetti sauces. It is freeing in a lot of ways.

      5. I went to a conference in Tennessee and a colleague of mine from here in Nunavut went as well. It was hilarious to be in Tennessee, walking without jackets, in slip-on shoes, next to blooming tulips and getting to watch him get called "honey", "sweetie", and "sugar" by all the female servers and locals. At the poster session, where participants have their research laid out on a 3 x 4 ft or so poster so others can read and discuss it, the conference organizers arranged for a local moonshine distillery to come and set up. They gave us all a free moonshine cocktail. And, they had fried green tomatoes and chicken wings for snacks. My colleague enjoyed it and we laughed about the fact that 6 months ago, when he picked me up at the Igloolik airport, he definitely did not think we'd be drinking moonshine and eating fried green tomatoes together in Tennessee!! We also made sure to send a selfie with the sun and flowers in it to my boss (his former boss), back in Igloolik. We are cruel you see.

      It was very good to see my family in Florida and family and friends in Tennessee while also getting to see friends/colleagues from my work world that I hadn't seen in years. Next stop, a new city! Montreal!
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      Traveler

      Wait, what?! What is that?!

      4/16/18Reply
      Traveler

      You, and sensory overload - now there would be a sight to see! haha! Seriously, there's lots to be said for simplicity ... then again there's lots to be said for a FEW choices.

      4/16/18Reply
      Traveler

      This is at a Sonic Drive-In restaurant. It's a big fast food chain in the U.S. I don't believe it's in Canada anywhere. They are famous for all their slushies, drinks, and shakes. Also, their chili cheese frito pie is good too! lol.

      4/17/18Reply
       
    • Mar9

      New Parameters & Old Friends

      March 9, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 77 °F

      Last night, as I was writing down directions because my GPS is shattered, I realized that I have rarely been accomplishing the very first goal I set for myself way back on Day 0 February 13th: Enjoy the ride!

      First, I left my heated gloves on the back of the bike and took off. Another time I left my bungee cords dangling and lost most of them. Recently, I left my swing arm bag open but didn't lose anything because a passing car hollered at me. Then the GPS snafu yesterday. All of these are and were easily preventable, but I've pushed so hard to get my photo at the next dealership or hit a national park visitor center before it closed or check into a nonrefundable campground reservation that I've lost focus on what's important: Enjoy the ride!

      So, today I'm making some changes. I'm NOT going as far south as Miami, not even for the HDs and Hard Rock. I'm NOT going through Alligator Alley to the national park campground I reserved for tonight (nonrefundable). And I AM going the speed limit the rest of the time I'm in Florida. Fingers crossed I don't get run over.

      With these new parameters, I packed up camp (it didn't rain 😁) and headed south to Canaveral National Seashore. I had a long breakfast along the way, grabbed my stamp, and slowly continued south.

      I am so fortunate to have made and kept so many terrific people over the years. Today, I had lunch in Port St. Lucie with Larry and Terri, whom I rode with when stationed the second time in Germany. He's retired Air Force now and turned his Flight Engineer experience and some schooling into a pilot's license. They temporarily live in a wonderful RV park that's sort of in the country but only 15 minutes from a state park beach. It was wonderful to see them again!

      After a nice chat, I made my way to the dealership just a little further south in Stuart, then turned westward. I had a lovely ride down Martin Grade Scenic Highway before swooping over the top of Lake Okeechobee and passing through LaBelle.

      Read more here: https://floridascenichighways.com/our-byways/so…

      I managed to miss the rain until around 14:00 when I hit quite a downpour. It didn't last long though, and I dried out quickly in the heat of the day. Now I'm in a hotel in Fort Myers for the evening enjoying the hot shower and cold air conditioning. And I am very happy to say that today I enjoyed the ride!

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

      Day 24 mileage: 376.6 (total 6327.7)
      HD Dealerships: 2 (total 131)
      National Parks: 1 (total 20 in 13 states)
      10 Rides for 2022: 0 (total 1 of 10)
      MCGTTX Stops: 0 (total 0 of 50)
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