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September 2008 Entries

We are here! Made it past Canadian customs and headed to downtown Langley to get a hotel room, shower, decent meal and nap… Total Time 57 hours. Can’t do it much quicker, we had the one 3 hour car repair in Sioux Falls, SD. Marc was amazing driving, he just did not get tired. Out of the 57 hours i drove only 5-6 hours, just enough to keep us going when Marc needed a nap. Signing off and 73’s (as they say in ham land) thanks for following our trip ......

We cleared Montana and ~ 70 miles of Idaho (way up there at the top). Marc did get a speeding ticket in Idaho 4 miles from the WA border. We both had to give up our ID’s for a check. it is 8:51 EDT (5:51 Seattle Time). I can only deive~ 100 mi at a time at this point. We have been on the road almost 52 hours. It’s not that I'm really tired but my eyes glaze over, especially in the dark. Had a little incident getting gas a few minutes ago. American Express decided to trigger a security alert so i ......

Too cold to get out and pee (7C) but we just passed the continental divide, At that point, one side flows into the Atlantic Ocean and the other into the Pacific. Elevation 6393 Ft. Dark but going up and down mountains and the view of Butte Montana as we cam down out of the mountains was spectacular. 573.8 mi to Exit 10 on I90 in Bellevue WA. At that point we are almost there, just another couple hours up to Langley, BC (a suburb of Vancouver) ......

Streets and trips threw us for a 200 mile loop off of I90 West. The good news is that the route on 59, 212 was ~ 70 mi shorter the bad news was: Almost all of it was 2 lane with LOTs of big trucks lumbering along making it difficult and dangerous to pass. Something like 10 miles was total construction after the sign “Road Ends” where a construction truck with yellow flashing lights took “convoy's” of cars and trucks through the worst and active part of construction. Luckly we went through this during ......

Marc is still driving since Sioux Falls, I’ll take over at the Wyoming border coming up in 163 miles. Long straight roads, very nice today 25C, sunny and Eric Clapton blasting from the Zune / car stereo, but i can only imagine what it must be like in the dead of winter with arctic storms blasting in from the north across the plains. There is some clue in this with all the road construction. For dozens of miles at a stretch they are totally replacing the lanes or removing and replacing concrete sections ......

After a little over 3 hours and $887.86 we are back on the road again after some breakfast and a nap in the waiting room of Chevrolet of Sioux Falls. We are just a few miles from I90 West then it is a straight shot to Seattle ......

i missed the entering South Dakota report because I’ve been driving for the past couple of hours. Some beef jerky, peanut butter crackers and a bit of a nap revived me while Marc actually started to get tired! About 600 or 700 miles ago we started to hear some funny noises from the front left tire / wheel and by Sioux City decided we needed to stop and have it looked at. Sioux Falls South Dakota is at the intersection of I29 on which we have been comming north since Kansas City (I think) and I90 ......

Marc is driving again but we are stopping more frequently. Lindsey is always happy to jump out and see how many friends she can make. I like the 20’ extendable leash that Marc has, it works very well for letting her run around a bit. Any times you see are EDT. 4:52 am by our clocks but on the cell it is an hour earlier. According to Kansas City weather, sunrise is around 7am at this latitude which we are still on. Elevation ~ 920 feet. Nice clear moon and skies, 21C (yes Marc is practicing to be ......

Passing Kanss City but not actually going into Kansas, looks like the highway may nip a piece of Kansas later, othewise it will be Missouri to Nebraska. We started out with 200-250 mi chunks, then 150, then 100, i just gave up after 70 mi but Marc got a good 1/2 or more of sleep so he is good to go now. Rolling Stones blasting ......

We are still going but Marc is finally going to let me take a turn driving after he has driven over 17 hours. Sunrise in Kansas City in less than 10 hours. I think we have started planning for a Second Life Code Camp… Less to look at now because it is dark. Light traffic, in central time zone now but we are not changing anything except the cell phones which adjust automatically. Verizon Service both phone and internet have been working no problem all the way so far ......

Marc’s still driving although i think we will start stopping every 150 mi instead of 200, if for nothing else just to make sure we keep filled up. Lindsey sleeping more now and i’ve tried to take a few naps. Kentucky was pretty, mostly as you might expect in this area of the western part of the state, rolling farmland, not too many hills. The sun went down a little while ago but it is still not totally dark. Crossing the Ohio River, going to stop in Metropolis! Marc took his contacts out and Lindsey ......

We’re still rolling, got a nice view of Nashville as we drove through at 6:15, lots of traffic and jams going south, more people live that way maybe? No problem going north on I24, a bit heavy traffic but not bad. Cruise control just started working… We are in a 1999 Blazer that was originally belonged to wife Bobbi but went to Marc in 2002, his 2nd year of college. We were out looking for a car for him and i thought this is not right… give him the old car and buy Bobbi a new one!! Marc is still ......

We had a close call in Georgia, NO GAS!!! At two exits, we stopped at 6 gas stations, none of them had gas. I finally asked at BP and the manager said they had not had gas for a week. Helpfully he directed us to a Shell station on the other side of I75 that did have regular and diesel, no mid grade or high test, regular is fine for us but we were both getting worried! Country side definitely different now with our first “mountain”. Really just a little hill but bigger than the highest rise in South ......

Stopping every 200 miles just to make sure we don’t run out of gas, the gauge is broken. Lindsey the golden retriever still wondering when we are going to get to the dog park! Each stop the dog and us get to use the bathroom and a short walk. We have two Zune’s full of music and podcasts although Marc does not seem very excited about me catching up on 50 episodes of AstonomyCast. Marc points out we are in the bible belt with billboard advertisements featuring the fish symbol indicating that they ......

Well, we are on the road, left ~ 5:30 am from Deerfield Beach, FL. Marc, Lindsey the golden retriever and I. Lindsey is very excited but has no idea that we have something like 60 hours of driving to go! Here we are about to go! Downloaded the latest streets and trips and will keep a gps trail gong much of the time: ......

We held our 2nd Architecture / Agile virtual meeting last night with Adrian Wible of Thoughtworks presenting. This was the first time I had actually been at the controls of the Live Meeting. We only decided to do this on Saturday so there was not much time for promotion and only a few showed up. The good news is that we got to experiment with all the features I could make work including web audio, video, desktop sharing, tie in of a phone conference, recording, Q&A, shared whiteboard and chat. ......

My son, "Dr Marc" as he likes to be called now, a newly minted dentist, is headed to Vancouver, BC for his first job. If all goes well, Marc, his golden retriever Linsey and I will take off in his 1999 Chevy Blazer for the 3500 mile drive to Canada. Planning the trip, this looks like the fastest route: If all goes well we will leave very early on Monday, September 22, 2008. I'm going to try and gps track it with Streets and Trips all the way and post our progress. I'll find out how much of the way ......

My 22 year old daughter just graduated from University of Florida with a BA in English with minor in Film Studies! Anybody have a job for her ......

Great job done by John Dunagan and his team. You would never guess that it was their first code camp. Got to hang out and meet some great new people who helped with the code camp: Amy Hatfield Eric Sarjeant and Denise Ramirez-Sarjeant Kevin Barnhill Frank Salinas Brooke Joseph Adam Broadbent and Rachel Ribbeck-Broadbent Of course I have to thank John his name at our South (East) Florida code camp is the "ICE MAN" because he always come over and does the run for 20 or 30 bags of ice for us. Bob Suess ......

Making progress, probably 60% completed, all tests look ok so far. Also building up my equipment. I purchased a used Tektronix 465 Oscilloscope on eBay for $100. For many years I used this in the lab but have not really touched hardware for 18 years now. A 465 use to be my right hand when I spent time daily in the lab. As I remember when we purchased them new, they were a few thousand dollars in the mid 80's. It is definitely aging but will work fine for the frequencies into 10's of megahertz I'm ......