Boeing, Everett – WA roll out the last ever 747

Boeing’s assembly plant in Everett, WA recently rolled out it’s last ever Boeing 747. Due to be delivered later in 2023 as a cargo plane to Atlas Air. Everett’s total build of Boeing 747’s was 1,574. The aircraft was first built in 1969 and historically has been used for various different roles. NASA’s shuttles were carried on the back of 747’s. American Presidents have flown … Continue reading Boeing, Everett – WA roll out the last ever 747

Day 8 – San Antonio, Gruene & Austin

Umbrellas and disposable poncho were the order of the day. It was tipping it down this morning! It meant that we had experienced temperatures ranging from 95 to 54 degrees on this journey. In reality the lower end of the scale is what us Brits are used to. It didn’t take long to arrive in San Antonio and were pleased that there was another identical … Continue reading Day 8 – San Antonio, Gruene & Austin

Day 6 – Oklahoma – Plano, TX

A journey of 210 miles and around three hours southbound on our new friend the I-35 was today’s challenge. The scenery was red soil, nodding donkeys pumping oil and water towers marking each town. These water towers are proudly liveried with each town’s name and some mark their achievements and famous residents. They are visible for as far as the eye can see and are … Continue reading Day 6 – Oklahoma – Plano, TX

Day 2 – Waco to Fort Worth & Dallas

DAY 2 – Waco – Fort Worth – Dallas With no disrespect to Waco we hit the road straight after breakfast. We were booked in for two nights in Dallas so the decision was taken to go to Fort Worth first. The I-35 was to be the arterial road almost for the entirety of our road trip and it split in either Fort Worth or … Continue reading Day 2 – Waco to Fort Worth & Dallas

Angels Flight – Los Angeles

A little known tourist attraction in the Bunker Hill District of Los Angeles has existed since 1901. In fact it has the honour of being the shortest railway in the world. This funicular narrow gauge railway runs by cable for only 298ft. Two bright orange cars operate between 06.45 and 22.00 daily. The fare is only $1.00 and if you have a TAG card there … Continue reading Angels Flight – Los Angeles

Yellowstone National Park Celebrates 150 years

The world’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park was established by the U.S Congress and signed into law by President Ullysses S Grant on March 01 1872. The sheer size of this park and one of the most recognisable in the world is staggering. Yellowstone encompasses 3,472 square miles 2,221,766 acres which is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Over 10,000 … Continue reading Yellowstone National Park Celebrates 150 years

Rocky Mountaineer – Rockies to the Red Rocks

The world famous Rocky Mountaineer revealed it’s newest route in August 2021. This is the first service wholly inside the United States. With it’s distinctive blue, white and gold livery the newly released route will start in Moab with an overnight stop in Glenwood Springs and continue the following day to Denver. The offering does not include a Goldleaf Service but a SilverLeaf and a … Continue reading Rocky Mountaineer – Rockies to the Red Rocks

Chicago River Ducky Derby

Away from the global pandemic and the confusing picture about international travel there was the annual Chicago Ducky Derby that is held on the Chicago River. Almost 70,000 rubber ducks with sunglasses are literally dumped into the Chicago River every August. Funds are raised to support the Special Olympics Illinois.  Crowds gather on River Walk between the Columbus and Michigan Avenue Bridges to see the … Continue reading Chicago River Ducky Derby

Centre of the Universe USA

Really on ‘roads less travelled’ but worth seeing if you happen to be on a road trip in these areas. It seems that at least three places in America claim to have the intriguing title of ‘Center of the Universe’. Tulsa – Oklahoma A concrete circle of bricks located at the apex of the rebuilt span of the old Boston Avenue viaduct between 1st and … Continue reading Centre of the Universe USA