Category Archives: 2009 USA / Canada

Day 55 – Morro Bay – Los Angeles – Melbourne

And so it comes to a close. Wandered around Morro Bay at first light with gulls, pelicans and seals for company, and even spotted a peregrine falcon at Morro Rock. Stopped a few times down the coast and was really … Continue reading

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Day 54 – Monterey – Morro Bay

The vultures are circling – and they’re also gliding and doind simple aerobatics. Had been seeing LOTS of raptors all day today with a very distinctive flying style and markings, and have now found out that they are turkey vultures. … Continue reading

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Day 53 – Mariposa – Yosemite – Monterey

With daylight savings I was up before the sun, and made it Yosemite significantly earlier than yesterday. Quite a bit cooler and cloud hanging around the top of the valley walls, and even an isolated snowflake or two, so quite … Continue reading

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Day 52 – Yosemite. 15km skating (183 total)

Another day in paradise. Blue sky, no wind and finally – skiable snow on the valley floor at Yosemite. Slow start, not helped by me forgetting that daylight saving starts here today. Slow but beautiful drive up the Merced valley … Continue reading

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Day 51 – Tahoe Vista – Royal Gorge – Mariposa. 10km skating (168 total)

Yet another calm cold sunny morning – a person could get used to this. Feeling like I could easily do nothing today, and procrastinated long enough to almost ensure it, but can’t pass up a ski at Royal Gorge when … Continue reading

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Day 50 – Tahoe XC. 14km skating (158 total)

Woke feeling pretty ordinary, so kicked back in the room till late morning then drove down to Tahoe City. Coffee and food saw me getting close to back to normal, so decided to try an area I hadn’t skiied last … Continue reading

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Day 49 – Alpine Meadows. 3700m vertical (75600 total)

My last day of lift skiing for the trip and a pretty good finish. Had considered another day at Homewood, but knew it would be disappointing compared to the last 2 days, so headed for a hill I had really … Continue reading

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Day 48 – Homewood 3100m vertical (71900 total)

wow … Wow … WOW !!! One of the highlights of the trip. Woke to brilliant sunshine and another 30cm of snow on the car – and everywhere else. Road closures galore and many ski areas struggling to open lifts … Continue reading

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Day 47 – Sacramento CA – Tahoe Vista. 2100m vertical (68700 total)

Surprisingly made it to Sacramento on time – a first for me with Amtrak. The steward in the cafe car had been saying that with the deepening recession here something like 30% of all freight trains are currently sitting idle … Continue reading

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Day 46 – Astoria – Portland – Coast Starlight

Cold and windy start to the day, but at least the rain had stopped. Did a quick dash south to Cannon Beach for another brief look at the Pacific, then back through Astoria and took the route I thought I … Continue reading

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