December 2014 - April 2015
  • Day92

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    March 31, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    This was a very sad, tearful day. Last evening we spoke with Alyssa who informed us that our 17 l/2 year old Kobi had just suffered what appeared to be a stroke. He had no strength in his hind legs and repeatedly wanted to turn his body to the right side only. He wouldn't eat or drink. It was decided that AS1 and JC would care for Kobi overnight and call his vet in the morning. We said our final goodbye to him by FaceTime. Kobi's spirit was set free 3 hours before we arrived home. Run freely Kobi-dog!Read more

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  • Day91

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    March 30, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Now the scenery became somewhat monotonous, as prairies can be. There were a lot of trains hauling coal and oil. We stopped at one scenic rest area along the Missouri River. It seems that rattlesnakes aren't limited to Arizona, so I walked no further. The temperature has ranged from 34 C in Scottsdale to 18 C in Sioux Falls, with a forecast high of 18 C in Fargo! Perfect driving conditions. This was our longest day of driving.....643 miles (1035 km), 10 hours. JS finally allowed me to drive for a couple of hours until he got bored being a passenger. 460 miles (740 km) to go! Total distance travelled since December 30th.....12,868 km.Read more

  • Day90

    Cheyenne, Wyoming

    March 29, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We varied our route by driving through Denver and then north to Cheyenne. Fortunately it was a Sunday afternoon so we didn't encounter heavy traffic in downtown Denver. Wyoming had a speed limit of 80 mph (130 kph). We had never seen such a speed limit before. It took us 8 hours for the 492 mile (792 km) trip.Read more

  • Day89

    Santa Fe

    March 28, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    750 km and 8 hours later we arrived in Santa Fe. We were both looking forward to a delicious meal of New Mexican cooking and weren't disappointed with the food at the Blue Corn Cafe. JS enjoyed a spicy chili lime margarita.

  • Day88

    Scottsdale

    March 27, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    It was our last day in Scottsdale. Our plan had been to go on a hike but when the temperature quickly reached a near record high of 95 F (35 C) and the TV news reporters were issuing warnings about a record number of rattlesnake bites, we abandoned that idea. Instead I did laundry, cleaned the car, did some last minute but unsuccessful shoe shopping, and got organized for the upcoming drive home. JS lounged at the pool.

    We went for a nice dinner at the Twisted Rose Winery & Eatery. JS was like a kid in a candy shoppe with his flight of wines, which was reminiscent of one of his scotch tastings in Scotland.
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  • Day87

    Scottsdale

    March 26, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    In Phoenix, housing developers are required by law to protect all native flora. So when new housing developments are built they must use the existing plants in their landscaping. That means there are wildflowers, cactus and shrubs everywhere. These photos and others were taken along my bike route today. The city is surprisingly green and beautiful for a harsh desert environment.Read more

  • Day87

    Scottsdale

    March 26, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    It was another scorcher today, 93 F and sunny. John opted for a pool day; whereas I went for a l l/2 hour bike ride and joined him at the pool afterwards. Because there is so little humidity, the heat wasn't unbearable when I was biking. This area is very good for cycling. Wherever there is a gated community, the developer has provided paved trails for walking and biking. At times I would have to go along the main roadway but there was always a dedicated bike lane.Read more

  • Day86

    Scottsdale

    March 25, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    The desert trek made John desire an icy margarita on the rocks. So we used the GPS to track down a Mexican restaurant for dinner. We were lucky to find one that had delicious food, as there is a Mexican eatery on every block. We both enjoyed our enchiladas.....John had the chipotle chicken and I had the hibiscus, which tasted like a cranberry relish.Read more

  • Day86

    Scottsdale

    March 25, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Another early morning as we had set up an appointment to attend a timeshare presentation. The only reason we did it was to earn the $100 they offer.

    In the afternoon what better activity to do in 93 F (34 C) weather than to go on a desert hike. We wandered through the Desert Botanical Garden for 3 hours. There are several trails and exhibits and we saw it all. Fortunately there were water fountains every few feet as our water supply quickly ran dry. The Gardens were very impressive but would be more so in 2-3 weeks when all the cactus are in bloom.Read more