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I’m in a wide open space

Friday, July 31st, 2009

@geofftech more wideopenspace standinginthemiddleofanemptyroad photos please 🙂 @diamondgeezer no problem, it is after all your ‘fault’ that i’m here 🙂 So we’re on the outskirts of Yellowstone Park, and will be here all weekend. Montana is known as ‘The Great Sky State’, and I think it’s bloody obvious looking at those pictures why. The road […]


Thursday, July 30th, 2009

So you live in a tiny small farming town in North Dakota. You worry that like a lot of small towns in America, relying just on farming that business may fail as the world evolves and changes, what do you do? In Gary Greff’s case, the answer is “You sculpt bloody great metalwork objects and […]

Dakota Royale

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

So you want to go gambling in the Dakotas? Easy … nip along to your local gas station. It’s odd but true, but almost every single gas station that we’ve stopped at in South and North Dakota has had a little dark dingy room attached to the side of it. ‘Gambling Room’, ‘Lottery Room’, or […]

Unto the Badlands

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Some random thoughts: • I often wondered whether Sirius satellite radio was somehow ‘smart’ enough to know whereabouts in American you were listening to it. On the east cost of Charleston, when I get BBC Radio 1, it’s time shifted by five hours meaning that I can listen to the breakfast show at 8am Charleston […]

And then there was one

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Welcome to Monowi, Nebraska. Population : 2 Except for one small problem. When Elsie’s husband Rudy died a few years back, nobody bother to update the sign … the irony being that if it’s anybody’s job … it’s hers. For Elsie is the one-woman town of Monowi. She draws up a yearly budget … which […]

Nowhere Land

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I’ll keep it brief. (Just 500 words, instead of 1,000 like I’ve been doing lately). Welcome aboard Nikki who (in a style extremely reminiscent to Doctor Who) became UndUSA’s companion number four today, landing in the intense mess that was MSP airport. I only had to loop round four times, and get shouted at by […]

More Statistics : USA

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

It’s about time we counted the numbers up again. Whilst I’m sure you already know you can click on the progress map (which you can click on anytime over there in the right-hand rail) of this blog at anytime to see where I’ve been day-to-day, it’s always good for me (if no one else) to […]


Saturday, July 25th, 2009

It was bright, it was colourful, it was fun, friendly and informative. In was – in short (sorry mum) everything that Graceland wasn’t. If I ever get a chance to speak to the people behind Graceland to say that I was a little underwhelmed at my Elvis experience and they might say to me “Well […]

Battle of Same-Named-Towns

Friday, July 24th, 2009

There are actually eight places in the UK called ‘Waterloo’ whilst there are over 40 – almost one for every state – spread throughout the USA. Now whilst we know that the London tube and railway station takes it name from the Belgium town (which always amused me when it was the Eurostar terminal – […]

13. The White City (Part 2)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I swear that when I planned this, I did not go out of my way to choose towns that had railways running through them. Same name-as-tube-stops they might be, but I wasn’t trying to be that much of a geek and make it that there was a passing American railroad too. And yet strangely it […]

The White City (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

About seven months ago, on a nippy December day post-Christmas and pre-New Year, I sat at my mums house in England and largely ignored her for several hours as I hunched over the same laptop at which I type now, typing tube station names into and merrily plotting the shortest route between them. It […]

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The sun gently rose, arching its beams of warmth through my hotel window slowly rising me from the slumber of my comfy king-sized bed. The birds outside landed gently on the privet bushes by the fountain in the front garden of my 5-star hotel, and sung me their pleasant morning call. And the smell of […]

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