What's more awesome than a road trip across the United States?

Posted by dunkyb on Saturday, 26th July 2008 at 19:21 GMT
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Well?

I think I know the answer to what the RPRF are going to do for their next travelstunt.

It's big, it's clever, requires around the same time frame and means we'll have to come up with a new map for this site.

Tracking should be fun though!

Dunkyb out

Champagne Breakfast

Posted by dunkyb on Wednesday, 4th June 2008 at 10:38 GMT
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Not sure if any of your are checking this, but I'm gauging keen-ness for another RPRF Champagne Breakfast this year.

Could possibly be in Cam (as orginally planned) or as I'm starting to turn to moving it to Hyde Park, or another similar location in London.

Any thoughts?

Home

Posted by dunkyb on Tuesday, 15th April 2008 at 10:47 GMT
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We've been back a couple of days now and I figured it was time I tried to sum up the trip and round things off nicely.

To be honest, I'm not even sure this is possible as I have no idea how such an awesome and astounding trip can soak into our minds over such a short time. Still, a de-brief in a couple of weeks over some beers should help with that one!

Basically, I'm scoring the trip as an incredible success. At a basic level we covered the distance easily and all got home safely. Mind you there were a couple of tricky moments when we noticed both KoW and Corky being interrogated by the American security people. Well, that'll teach them to try and smuggle empty cartridge cases home. (*looks innocent*)

More than that we saw some amazing things that I for one think will stick with me for at least a bloody long time. In effect we saw how the culture of the US changes from coast to coast and possibly more importantly how similar it is at every point. The people were almost entirely friendly, from servers at ice-cream shops at petrol stations in the middle of the desert to boot salesmen in Austin. I don’t think Scotsman will ever get over the shock of the rattlesnake!

The scenery was stunning at the same time. Certainly Florida is by far the most boring state to drive through but it is alone in that. The sheer distance of the views make the uniformity of New Mexico and Texas well worth a visit. And of course, there’s no forgetting the Grand Canyon, not just a big hole!

As a unit we operated well, with basically no major arguments at all and certainly nothing that couldn’t be solved with a round of beer at the next bar. Speaking of beer, contrary to some of our thoughts there are numerous American beers that are tasty and well worth drinking. Sam Adams seemed to attract KoW but even the basic Texan beers of Shinerbock and the other bock one were tasty and by anyone’s standards bloody cheap!

But as with all great trips we had to come home. By the end we were all exhausted and I for one was missing my home comforts. The plane landed and almost immediately I hit my bed and slept for most of Sunday. Waking up for work yesterday was weird. I had to go pick up my dry-cleaning first and just wandering through the familiar streets near my pad was bizarre. I felt almost entirely disassociated with them and everything I was seeing, this feeling lasted until I was well into work and bantering with a colleague.

It’s great to be home but the jaunt was amazing,. However, on balance, there was nowhere I saw that I’d rather be than here.


Dunkyb out

Back in the UK

Posted by Russ Williams on Sunday, 13th April 2008 at 17:35 GMT
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It's been a long trip, but everyone made it back safely.

We had a few stumbles between MIA and LHR - enormous queues to check in, two of us being stopped (for ~30 mins) at security checkpoints, bad weather, unexpectedly early boarding in ORD, and the best part of an hour's delay to remove the checked bags of a no-show from our plane. All OK in the end, however!

Cheers, guys! That was a legendary trip and we do, in fact, rock :D


And now, to sleep...

We made it to Miami!

Posted by Russ Williams on Friday, 11th April 2008 at 22:29 GMT
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Small matter of getting to the airport tomorrow, but 10 miles is rather better than 3000.

Warm regards and thanks to everyone we've met along the way, and a special mention to Pottie - our 300 Hemi - without whom we'd never have made it. Have a safe trip home, California girl!

And for those who were wondering, it was me that got bitten by a stripper. It's a funny story. Funny and sexy... which you're not going to hear.

And on the 12th day they chilled

Posted by dunkyb on Friday, 11th April 2008 at 14:45 GMT
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Job done! We've travelled over 3750miles and taken 11 days to do it. Now we're in Miami Beach in a nice and pretty cheap hotel almost exactly on the beach.

Last night we ate steak on the seafront whilst drinking the largest cocktails ever seen. Regretably the sheer volumn of these drinks curtailed anything else in the evening so we retired for an early night.

Today is pretty much a day off - we've got little planned and can just relax.

Honestly, I'm going to need a holiday after this one!

Dunkyb out

Long day today

Posted by dunkyb on Wednesday, 9th April 2008 at 18:53 GMT
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We've had a couple of short days so we're stepping up a gear today to try and really finish this off. We won't hit miami so are aiming for Daytona Beach.

Last night we were in Pensacola, a rather nice sleepy little town just inside florida. We had passed through 3000 miles covered and had made it into 3 new states ( a record for us!). So we had a few beers and terrified our waitress with tales of daring do and our outrageuous accents!

Probably a quietish night tonight, hopefully on the atlantic!

Dunkyb out

"with both hands" - names changed to protect the 'innocent'

Posted by dunkyb on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 at 19:39 GMT
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Well, to be honest we're all a bit worried, it's been 13 hours now and Cockey is still grinning like a loon. We're not sure what went on up there as he won't tell us, but sources close to Cockey suggest it involved whipped cream, cheese and a strapon dildo.

KingOfWang also seemed to enjoy himself - no strapon for him but we are hearing news a miniture poodle was involved. Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

Slotsman and Dongkey were more sat on the sidelines - comfy chairs, expensive beers and a rabid pack of our own personal attack strippers who were warding off other strippers who dared to approach them.

Cocky was a fan of one lady in particular, and soon grasped the fundemental tricks of folding dollar biils in half and sliding them into things. Well, we say soon but it did have to be patiently explained a few times. Perhaps he is the living embodiment that men do not have enough blood to run both brains at once!

Still, we were called 'true gentlemen' (again I hasten to add) and only one of our number sustained any bites. For bonus points, guess who!

Dongkey out

New Orleans

Posted by dunkyb on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 at 07:22 GMT
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"There’s no shame in this."..."a man who has done fine works."

wifi woes

Posted by dunkyb on Monday, 7th April 2008 at 16:51 GMT
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No bloody wifi at the motel last night, so this is a blackberry update.

We're on the road in Louisiana, heading towards New Orleans. Apparently it's a little dangerous now but we're in the French Quarter which is supposed to be ok.

We were in Beaumont last night and once again epically failed to watch beer with the sunset. In fact we epically failed to do anything until we found a friendly unlicensed cab who took us to a bar several miles away from out motel.

Nice bar, decent beer, friendly people. Generally was a great improvement over how it looked like the night was turning out.

Before that we were in Austin which throughly redeemed itself from the previous night. Many thanks to Sidra and Dennis who gave us some excellent directions to both a nice place for breakfast (delicious) and somewhere to buy cowboy boots. We also hit a fun sweetshop so we're all spending the day in the car bouncing off the sides!

The boot shop was rather fun, just rows and rows of incredible boots (at eye watering prices) with very friendly sales staff, even if one of them set some rattlesnakes on Mike. Ah well, he recovered shaken and somewhat stirred.

We all got great hats as well - styling!

Dunkyb out