Archive for May, 2009

Tim’s sleeping tips #127

May 31, 2009

Tim’s driving tip #1

May 31, 2009

Road Trip Prank

May 30, 2009

I’ve got a funny feeling this might be happening to someone on the road trip. Classic.

Britain’s got…sunshine!!!

May 29, 2009

Amazingly, the first time since 1962, Britain seems to have sunshine. Yaaaay. Don a dodgy baseball cap, tilt it backwards and wave yer arms around like a chimp!

watch da video fool

Highs of 23°C today here in Milton Keynes, same as Chicago! – our first port of call. Though Chicago is getting warmer – it’s hottest month is June. oh yesssh.

Today’s weather for our other stops along the way…and only getting warmer 😉

Chicago…………………………….23°C / 73°F
Springfield, Illinois……………..28°C / 82°F
St Louis…………………………….29°C / 84°F
Springfield, Missouri…………..28°C / 82°F
Tulsa/Broken Arrow……………32°C / 90°F
Amarillo……………………………32°C / 90°F
(thunderstorm season kicking in!)
Santa Fe……………………………21°C / 70°F
Albuquerque……………………..26°C / 79°F
Holbrook…………………………..26°C / 79°F
Flagstaff…………………………….22°C / 72°F
Las Vegas…………………………..22°C / 72°F
Santa Monica………………………20°C / 68°F

Enjoy this trip, and it is a trip!

May 29, 2009

madnessFear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now if ever there was a trippy film, it’s this one. Must practice the special walk as I’m going into the casino’s.

The basic synopsis revolves around journalist Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they arrive in 70’s Las Vegas to report on the Mint 400 motorcycle race. However, they soon abandon their work and begin experimenting with a variety of recreational drugs, such as LSD, cocaine, mescaline, and cannabis. This leads to a series of bizarre hallucinogenic trips, during which they destroy hotel rooms, wreck cars, and have visions of anthropomorphic desert animals, all the while ruminating on the decline of American culture.

I have also got a copy of the book by Hunter S. Thompson to read along the way to keep me in the spirit of things.

My name is Earl…

May 28, 2009

Just got off the phone from Virgin Holidays. Rang up to check all is in order.

Looks like they have sorted us dropping off the hire car in L.A. airport now, instead of back in Chicago. They said they will send confirmation of the change through the post too. *phew*

my name is earl

As for details about the hotels we will be staying in, they will come through the post too with the tickets, which should get to us about 2 weeks before the flight. So hopefully we are still staying in the Hilton etc and not some trailer park shack.

I have ordered an 8-roadmap pack too, for all 8 states we will be crossing, so we can find our way over the border quickly, if we need to make a quick escape.

Come in number 4!

May 27, 2009

Amarillo, TexasMike, the 4th member of the road trip has booked his internal american flights!

He will meet up with us on day 7,  July 1st in Amarillo, Texas through to the end of the trip in Santa Monica, California on July 10th.

We’ll see yer in ‘Beef City’ as they call it! – Mmmm eating cows and drinking beer, sounds like a plan. And as well as eating them, maybe we’ll get to see some ‘flying’ cows! – Hurricane Season starts June 1st through to November, could get some footage like this…

Look at these shots too… Tornado shots outside Amarillo, Texas

European Vacation

May 26, 2009

Big Ben Kids! Managed to spend lots of time in the sun over the weekend drinking beer and burning slightly,  so my skin can get used to the stupid heat that may hit us over in America. While applying ‘after sun’ I watched the 2nd Vacation film. Ok it’s not across America, it’s set in Europe, but it’s still a road trip movie – any excuse.

Also had to download the theme tune onto my ipod for the trip itself – ‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac, probably going to be the most over-played song on the trip.

Must get together some more classic cheesy road trip songs – any suggestions welcome! – stick em in the comments below. So far…

Rat Race

May 25, 2009

rat raceRat Race – Another american road trip movie. Weird how it’s the same girl and bloke from the actual ‘Road Trip’ movie appearing in this film too. Some random scenes involving stealing Hitler’s car and insulting a load of World War veterans, but offensively funny at the same time. From Vegas down to New Mexico, we’ll be doing the same route.

Scenary looks great – driving through random desert landscape. Can’t wait to get out there, must avoid road kill such as huge cows though. Vegas – Gambling etc – hell yeah, definitely up for that.

cow

ruddy sat-nav

National Lampoon’s Vacation

May 24, 2009

Mom, my sandwich is all wet.Next film on the agenda ticked off – National Lampoon’s Vacation. Classic film. Driving from Chicago to L.A. , exactly like we will be doing. Must download the song too for the car journey. If we have a chance to get a station wagon with wooden paneling, I’m gonna bloody take it!

I think you’re all fucked in the head. We’re ten hours from the fucking fun park and you want to bail out. Well I’ll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun. I’m gonna have fun and you’re gonna have fun. We’re all gonna have so much fucking fun we’ll need plastic surgeory to remove our godamn smiles. You’ll be whistling ‘Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah’ out of you’re assholes! I gotta be crazy! I’m on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose! Holy Shit!
Clark Griswold

Walley World here we come!