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  1. Larrynwin

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    A good flight with Virgin Atlantic on Saturday other than the muslim couple sitting directly behind us, he had a stinking cold , coughing and sneezing all the way and couldn't see his missus , had one of those furkin things on.
    I listened for ticking all the way , glad when we went off and he hadn't :Eeek:
    Arrived at Chicago Marriott about 3pm, great hotel on Michigan Ave (the magnificent mile) Our room on the 32nd floor overlooks Lake Michigan as well as some tower blocks, helluva sight night and day.:thumb:
    Nothing is cheap, in fact its damned expensive , a pint of beer £5, little in the way of cheap food unless you want junk.

    The NATO talks took place here over the week end with many of the PMs etc including Barack Obama staying close by. As a result the traffic and police control frequently fell into chaos when limos arrived in grand procession, absolutely hilarious with police blowing whistles and waving arms :Rofl1:
    There were also protests which needed heavy policing with state and interstate forces.

    Weather has been sunny with temperatures as high as 32 degs c , 90f, phew
    Chicago is a fabulous city with much to see including a smashing waterfront to Lake Michigan with some sandy beaches.

    Today, Tuesday we move on, we pick up the RV at 11am then start our trip south towards St Louis and Memphis. :Smile:
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    Hope you have a good time,do posts from time to time,to let us all know how you are doing.

    Pete and Shirl :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the brief Larry, I know what you are saying about faceless passengers on aircraft. Chicago is a great city, some brilliant Irish pubs where the beer is not as expensive and the out of town markets are much cheaper for food but you need more that 4 days to appreciate it. Have a grand next leg of your fabulous trip.:Cool:
     
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    Yep have a good time Larry, not long now for our trip we are of to Detroit:thumb:
     
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    Are you following Route 66 down from Chicago going south. The start is at Adams Street in the city centre? Our TomTom took us right to the start. Even if you do a bit of it - but you may have done it already.

    Nigel and Pamala
     
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    Hi Nigel and Pamala ,

    we will follow some of the old route 66 but initially we are heading further south through St Louis to Memphis to see Graceland and do a paddle steamer trip on the Mississipee,
    then on to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amarillo, Alberqurque, Monument Valley,Grand Canyon and finally Las Vegas , taking in r66 where possible.
    4 weeks to do it :thumb:

    Larry and Win
     
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    A few pictures of Chicago , the sunrise was over Lake Michigan at 0530 this morning :Smile:
     

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    Thanks a lot for the report(s) and photos...

    I do hope you can keep them up...

    A dream trip...

    Maybe... just maybe... one day... who knows... in the meantime we can live the dream through you...


    JJ :Cool:
     
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    JJ. You are a diamond geezer , I hope you get the chance it is something else:Smile:
     
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    Great photo's Larry, take plenty more:thumb:
     
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    OK we are back on line :001_cool:
    Drove from north of St Louis ,through the centre of the city as you do, couldn't find the RV parking but did see many of the sights but afraid no piccies as my navigator/photographer (no names mentioned) was working to rule :mad:
    Continued another 300 miles south to Memphis and am now parked up on the Graceland RV park.
    On the journey south along a rather boring Interstate 55 we saw some dust storms which almost blotted out visibility and the most exciting paddy fields and the corn being arvested :001_tongue: OK that was bloody boring :Doh:
    Now the interesting stuff, took pictures of the wonderfully adorned Cruise America RV and will soon be selling this fabulous artwork to UK RVers with special discounts to RVOC an MHFun members :BigGrin:
    These are said to cover anything including faded stripes and also attempts to cover them at no extra cost :biggrin:
    Also recommended for tarting up European motorhomes and c class RVs prior to selling and to end, smaller transfers will be available for placing on your favourite BBQ , George Foremans a specialty :Rofl1:
    Will post again after our river boat trip tomorrow and a tour of Graceland.
    Have posted pictures of beautiful artwork on RV :BigGrin:

    Have a good day y'all :lol::lol:

    Larry and Win
     

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    Must agree the RV looks great, ostentatious brash pretentious with more chrome than you can shake a stick at, but then you are in America where ostentation is the name of the game. Keep them coming.
    Very envious Buttons.:Wink:
     
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    Any Elvis fans out there, Graceland , Sun Studio , the Mississippi , just a few pictures from an interesting place.
    Big food , big temperatures 35degs, big people and friendly.
    A place not to miss if you get this way.:Smile:
     

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    Don't forget, if travelling most of the day, you've charged your batteries, you don't need to fill with water or empty everyday so camp at Wal-marts overnight, as long as it is on the outskirts of the carpark. Saves a good bit on camp sites. You will not be on your own, plenty people stay at them. We just used to put Wal-mart in the satnav and it goes straight to them. A good experience if you only do it a couple of times. We used to pick up wifi too from some hotels alongside the car park.

    Enjoy your travels.

    Nigel and Pamala
     
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    The photo reminds me, I stood on the steps of Gracelands in 1994 along with about 100/120 other tourists, the guide asked where different visitors had come from, a variety of places from the states were offered up then suddenly the person standing next to me shouted she came from Holywell North Wales, about 5 miles up the road from where I live!!
     
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    I am really enjoying the report and photos of your adventure thank you and have a fantastic time:thumb:
     
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    Thank you for sharing your trip with us Larry. I'm realy enjoying your photos and would have thought that Gracelands would look bigger than that. Do keep enjoying your trip and keep us up to date. Love to Win. :BigGrin:

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    Really enjoying your report, one of the things on my to do list is to go on a paddle steamer, thank you for shareing it with us.
     
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    Thanks all for responding , this is a really enjoyable trip with so much to see and do and the people both black and white are so friendly and helpful .
    Forgot to mention on our drive between Chicago and St Louis drove for miles on parts of old Route 66 and will do so again after Tulsa :Smile:
     
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