Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
My co-driver hadn’t arrived yet, but a motor home was parked down there with the owner waiting for something outside. Turned out the rig was scheduled for some repair and he was waiting for his wife to pick him up. Had myself a little chat with the fellow until co-driver Doug rolled in. Together we got the bus ready for the trip and made it out of the yard to the University Campus where our group of students would be waiting for us at 6am. And it didn’t take long until we were rolling out of town.
We border-crossed at Houlton, ME and started on the long run down I-95 to the Big Apple.
Several rest stops later we left Massachusetts and it started to rain. It’s gonna rain all the rest of the way, but I’m not driving. Co-driver Doug has taken over. He’s the expert on NYC and will get the bus to the hotel in the city.
And that’s all for today, I guess. Have to catch some sleep….
Monday, October 26, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
If you haven’t heard it yet, this is the big news from Putin’s Russia. The Russians are thinking big. They are thinking HIGHWAY from Moscow directly to Washington, or London to NYC. A crazy idea? Could be. And it could prove to be quite dangerous for the U.S. and Canada. A highway which could be used for an invasion not only from mother Russia, but also North Korea. Who would drive the about 13,000 miles to NYC if a jet can do this within 10 hours flat? Tourists….maybe. If the political world order would be different it could be nice, but as long as the world is ruled by villains and lunatics and power-hungry monsters, I think the Bering Strait should stay the way it is. But by all means here is a CBC article on the subject.
Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca
It could happen one day, if a proposed superhighway and railway system goes ahead, linking North America and Europe via Alaska and Siberia.
The head of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, recently proposed a plan for the combined superhighway at a meeting of the Moscow-based Russian Academy of Science, according to The Siberian Times. http://siberiantimes.com/business/investment/news/n0160-plans-for-new-transport-route-unveiled-to-link-pacific-with-atlantic/
The hugely ambitious project, dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), would see a new highway and railway line constructed alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway, and accompanied by new oil and gas pipelines.
The superhighway would cross Russia's isolated eastern regions, cross the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska, travel through the glacial wilderness of Alaska into Canada, and finally wind into the U.S.
Not only would it bring new train, road and pipeline networks, the plan would also see the creation of infrastructure for the delivery of electricity and water supplies.
"This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project," Yakunin said. "The project should be turned into a world 'future zone,' and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies."
Yakunin provided no details about the costs of such a plan, nor how it could be achieved in what many consider the coldest and most challenging climate on Earth.
But civil engineer Rick Baldasti, the head of the municipal and highways department at LEA Consulting Ltd. in Mississauga, Ont. says it sounds like a very expensive undertaking.
"I could see that being a multi-billion -- multi-trillion -- dollar venture," he told CTV News.ca.
Baldasti says, while the idea sounds "awesome," it would be extremely challenging to construct such major infrastructure on land covered by permafrost, glaciers and snow.
"There are no roads or bridges or structures up there, and there's a reason for that: the climate just precludes it," he said.
The superhighway would likely cross the Bering Strait at its narrowest point, leading into the Wales Indian Reservation. But even at that point, 87 kilometres of ocean separate the two continents.
It would be impossible to build a bridge across a span like that, while building an tunnel beneath the ice would be likely just as impractical.
Even if the engineering challenges could be solved, there's also the problem of how to cross the uninhabited areas of Alaska. Currently, the only way to get from Wales to the next major town, Fairbanks, is to take a 10-hour flight.
Baldasti notes there are pipelines across Alaska, but they are built on stilts across the permafrost.
"You can build gas pipelines on permafrost, but it's a bit like building on Jell-O," he says.
Though the pipelines are made to be somewhat flexible to account for shifts in ice, that wouldn't be possible with a rigid rail line or highway, he says.
While building across the Arctic sounds daunting, that doesn't mean there aren't those who want to try. There's an abundance of natural resources in the North that many are eager to access, and the Russian pipeline project could allow that to happen.
Still, Baldasti says the plan will likely remain a pipe dream.
"The idea of combining a pipeline and rail line sounds like an awesome idea. I'd love to get involved with it. But I'd say it's more of a fairy tale," he said.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
|When I first opened the door to let Molly out this early morning I had a hunch that something would happen today. And it did. The weather was blustery cold and there was in fact a solid layer of ice on the vehicles. Brrr…what a morning. Yet, the sky was deep blue and the sun was shining. It was a pretty good day to start making video sequences which I had a plan for making into a nice introductory video over Campobello Island. So I grabbed the tripod and the video camera put in the van and started the engine. When I grabbed the wheel I noticed it wasn’t moving. Yup, my steering wheel was like glued in place. I put the van into gear ….and had a hard time to apply brakes. WHAT IN THE WORLD was going on? I drove a couple of times up and down, until finally I noticed the oil pump doing its work. So I headed out on the road. 1000ft. down the road I met my neighbour. I stopped for a chat. And while we talked the engine simply died on me. That had never happened before. Any attempt of restarting it was fruitless. I was in the middle of the road and there seemed to be no life left. As much as my neighbour, who happens to be a mechanic, tried to help, I remained stranded 1000ft. from home.|
It was clear that the engine, which turned over, did not receive any fuel. Fuel pump? Electrical failure?
It could be anything!
So, finally I walked home, where I took the Buick to do my little video excursion. Even though the views were great, I felt like freezing cold when trying to adjust camera setting. A strong Norther was blowing off the sea making any longer stay in its path feel like being in a freezer.
Now, the best way of getting warm again is starting to bake a cake. Thus the radiating heat from the stove will quickly warm you up. And it is OH SO REWARDING, when the finished result is taken out of the oven. So needless to say it was Apple Cake with Whipped Cream in the afternoon.
A few hours later a small RIALTA motorhome pulled up our driveway. Jean and Daniel had arrived. This couple from Seattle are our last Boondockers for this season. They have been on Prince Edward Island and stayed there with our friend Bob Weir, also called PEI-Bob. That is to distinguish him from so many other Bobs we know. Jean and Daniel are retired teachers and they are friends of Jill and Thayer which visited us 2 years ago travelling in THEIR RIALTA. Their blog: A Rialta kind of adventure, has been added to our blog-list over the past 2 years. What we are seeing here is a small network of traveling RVers visiting the same folks along certain routes. And wouldn’t you know it, Jean and Daniel even met our previous boondockers up in Nova Scotia WITHOUT KNOWING that also those had been both our and PEI-Bob’s guests. Small world, I say.
So when they arrived we invited them in for apple cake and coffee, which they graciously accepted. A lively chat started right away and before we knew it, it was time for supper.
Unfortunately, the Roosevelt Cottage closed for the season yesterday, but they can still go to the visitor centre see the movie, and walk around the park.
And that will be all for this cold Sunday. Thanks for coming along.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
|October started with a couple of cold days but has warmed up again to about 65F. I made use of this nice weather and replaced yet another window in one of our dormers. No more rattling from that old window!|
Bea had one of her last big days at the motel. Now that there are very few guests, all rooms have to be looked after and an in-depth-cleaning with the toothbrush had to be done. Guests have been praising the cleanliness of the place and that is due to Bea’s great work she is doing there.
After I was done with the window I rolled down the top of our LTD and took Molly and myself to Herring Cove Beach. It was low tide and the beach was at least 300ft wide. Molly always enjoys rustling up something edible among the many marine shells and I heard her crunching on a crab shell right behind me.
The beach was totally deserted and we had a wonderful walk along the water’s edge.
When we came home Bea had returned from the motel and it wasn’t long until supper was ready. While most households have been enjoying turkey over Thanksgiving, we have had a crispy pork roast. Turkeys are just too big for the two of us.
Tomorrow we will be starting the car hunt again. Hopefully, we will be able to show you some pics next time. (Sorry, no pics today)
Thursday, October 8, 2015
|Last week the Swedish author Henning Mankell passed away. After 3 years he lost his battle with lung cancer. I knew that Henning had cancer, but there are many people surviving the illness. Henning was not to be among them.|
Why am I writing about this?
I met Henning when I was a stage technician at “Teatret Vårt” in Norway. That was back in 1977. Besides becoming the very succesful author of the Wallander crime novel series, Henning had several engagements with the Norwegian Theatre. Henning loved theatre.
When I saw a story published at the Guardian I found a video where Henning speaks about aspects of art in general. I watched the video and when I heard his voice I remembered him vividly from the day I met him as a young man.
(click the picture to find the video in english)
Henning was only 4 years older than me.
If you’d like to read about Henning Mankell’s work here is a link to follow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henning_Mankell
Tuesday, October 6, 2015