Sunday, November 21, 2010

Iron Horse Music Hall

Friday night we went to the Iron Horse again. This time to see rani arbo & daisy mayhem. This is rani,
and this is her with daisy mayhem (the group).
Opening act was May Erlewine and Seth Bernard, but they were on-stage with rani for about half the concert.


Both groups and the combined group were very good.

Trip Wrap-up

I finally got around to calculating all the vital info from our roadtrip.

Total miles: 7785
Gallons of petrol: 250
MPG 31.14 (I attribute this low value to the speed -- much of it over 80 mph -- and the unavailability of high octane gas west of the Mississippi)
Number of states driven through: 24
U.S. License plates spotted: 50 states plus DC
Number of national chains eaten at: 1 (we were in a hurry on the Ohio Tpk heading east, but we'll never eat at a Pizzeria Uno again.)


Monday, November 15, 2010

Pennsylvania-New York-Connecticut-Massachusetts

Final leg of the trip - a quick ride home on Saturday.


(It was getting dark by the time we got home.)

A few more Angstrom pictures ...

... taken last Friday.

Angstrom likes his vegetables.

We went for a walk; he was impatient to get going.





Back home again.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Indiana-Ohio-Pennsylvania

Quickly through two entire states and a bit of Pennsylvania



to get to Angstrom.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nebraska-Iowa-Illinois

We covered about 650 miles today - from Kearney, NE to Harvey, IL. We're a few miles from the Indiana line and positioned to get to Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon.

As we started out this mornling, we stopped briefly at a grain elevator in, we think, Shelton.
It's so full of corn, that they're putting it in piles under plastic wrap.
And there are many other piles, too, some open to the elements.
This reminded us of King Corn, a video everyone should watch.

Eventually we got to Iowa, and this picture is probably identical to last year's.
In Iowa, I again enjoyed watching the windmills. Is this an AT&T ad?
Mr. Toad and I were both glad that his tires aren't this big.
Also in Iowa was the (self-proclaimed) World's Largest Truckstop.

Next state: Illinois. With Daylight Saving Time gone it got dark before we took any pictures.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Winery Tasting and a Fire

This afternoon we visited Miletta Vista Winery in St. Paul, NE. Red, white & blue in this shot.
The view from their deck.
Us on the deck, eating bread with olive oil and brie with cranberries and nuts.

After we returned to Kearney, we heard sirens approaching and then stopping very near to the house.
Apparently a neighbor started his antique (I think, from the picture below) MGB, which hadn't been used for a while. He went into the house while it warmed up, and this is what he came back to. Mr. Toad and I both feel his pain.



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Arches and on to Kearney

Friday we visited Arches National Park. Again more southern Utah grandeur.






Then we headed east, through the Rockies in Colorado.


We spent the night in eastern Colorado and got to Kearney just after noon on Saturday. Here's the entrance into Nebraska, showing not only the Welcome sign but also the plastic barrels and pylons that decorate most of I80 here.