This blog is now dedicated to my dear husband and adventurous travel partner, Frank, who has passed away in January 2013. When I travel now, he travels with me in my thoughts. I miss him dearly. The geocaching part of our travels is also still part of my life and I hope to update regularly.
As today is a quiet
day to recover from our trip there isn’t much to tell, but we came across a few
things on our trip that I wanted to write about.
The first one is
about filling up your car with fuel. It
is not quite as straightforward as when you get petrol in Australia, where you go to the bowsers,
fill up your car, go inside to pay and leave…
Nope, here it works
slightly different and can be a real pain in the neck too. The first time we got to a gas station (as petrol stations are called here) we couldn’t quite figure out how to get petrol, as there
were so many buttons to press and other options to choose from. A kind man told us that we had to go inside
if we paid cash and thus pay before we could get petrol. That was a bit tricky, as you need to know
how many gallons (not litres!) you need.
Not knowing the car yet, nor being able to work out litres to the gallon
instantly, we told the kind lady inside of our problem. She understood and said she would take our
credit card, we could get petrol and she would then charge us. That worked a treat. We got approx. $70 worth of petrol and were
We were then told
that when you pay cash you pay first, otherwise you can push your credit card
in a slot, get petrol and remove your credit card. That way you are charged automatically, but……
overseas credit cards don’t always work as we discovered! So, most of the time we have been alright
now, but there are instances that the card doesn’t get accepted and then we
have to guess how much fuel we need. So
far we have guessed correctly and have not lost any money because of this
By the way, the petrol is rather
cheap in comparison to Australia,
so travelling is not overly expensive for us.
Road signs in the
States are clear and most of the main roads and highways are numbered. Like in Australia and most other countries, the maps show the various
kinds of roads (main, local, sealed, unsealed, etc.) and also if a road is a
toll road or not, so it is quite easy to plan a trip.
exits on the highways are numbered as usual, but at each exit you can be shown
up to four different signs: for gas, food, lodging and attractions. So e.g. if you reach an exit you are not only
told where you can fill up, but also which types of fuel you can get. For food the restaurants are listed, so you
might see: McDonalds, Subway, Burger King, etc. We thought that was an excellent way of
Restaurants at exit 56
Petrol (gas) stations at exit 56
Lodging (accommodation) at exit 56
And the rest or our day:
Well, I think I have
covered most of our trip by now. As I
said, today was a quiet day. Frank’s
sister came on line early in the morning, and we skyped with her for a
while. Frank finished a book and I have
been on the computer for most of the day, to upload my blog with the many
pictures we had taken. Of course,
Wordfeud was again high on the list of entertainment after I had re-installed
the game. After I’d bought the advertising free game I
had deleted it again instead of deleting the totally free version. L
Mike, the next-door neighbour, brought us a
few newspapers and the two parcels that had been delivered while we were
away. So I now can get on with my
coloured pencil drawing, and my new shoes arrived as well, which fitted
correctly, but I think I’ll keep them wrapped till I am back home again.
We made do with
left-overs for lunch and dinner as neither of us felt the need to go out for
grocery shopping and had an early night.