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My Definition of Well-Traveled

well trav·eled – adjective – a person who has (1) vacationed in over 100 of the Travelers’ Century Club ”countries” and has, (2) on several occasions, been (3) traveling alone and (4) been the only one on the overnight bus / mini-van who was “reasonably” fluent in English and not able to hold a conversation in any of the local languages.
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Asia 2017 Local Transportation

This is the transportation breakdown for local transportation in the cities I visited. Some cities had no cost because they were small and I didn’t require local transportation. Often, I tried to get day passes when I though they were worth it and they were available. Other times I just paid by the ride. Continue reading

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Asia 2017 Sleeping Evaluations

sleeping

sleeping

At first I wanted to title this post Asia 2017 Hostel Evaluations but I realized that I wasn’t just going to be sleeping in hostels. There were some locations that I would be traveling that did not have the typical hostels that I would have for most of the trip. When I planned the section of the trip using the car to see the Great Ocean Road I realized that hostels for that period of the trip were virtually nonexistent along the way. This is going to be a really long post that will grow as I move around.

So what’s the point of this post. Food for thought. I’m going to comment on some of the amenities, features and what I consider to be drawbacks of properties where I stayed on my 2017 trip. You’ll get my perspectives. Try to put them into perspective as you might see them and judge them under your own values and criteria. Continue reading

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Asia 2017 Airfare

Asia 2017 DestinationsThis is my current transportation breakdown for the Asia 2017 trip. The total comes to $1,698.22, or $19.98, a day for all transportation from one location to another for the 85 days. While that will not be the exact final figure but it will be fairly close as the airfare and bus rides are already purchased and that comprises the vast majority of the major transportation expense. There are 23 flights, 3 bus rides, 3 train trips and a car rental. Actual map is hereContinue reading

Truck Research

Medical: All commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (ME Certificate) (sic – no punctuation.) Medical Examiner’s Certificate – If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate and give the original to the person who was examined. The medical examiner will keep a copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate on file for at least 3 years. If a driver wishes the Certificate to be in card form, he/she may:

Purchase a separate “medical card” from an industry supplier of motor carrier forms (e.g., State trucking association) before the physical exam and ask the medical examiner to complete and sign it, in addition to the Medical Examination Report form; or
Print the Certificate on cardstock paper. It is permissible to reduce the size of the Certificate.

You need an FMCSA # if you weigh more than 10K pounds and haul hazmat or passengers or non-exempt freight. I’m not really clear at this point what non-exempt freight is. You only need a CDL if your total weight is over 26K pounds. Up to 26K pounds you do not need a CDL but you may need an FMCSA #. I would think an FMCSA # is a good thing and would help you get loads. It seems that there really is a viable market for people with small trucks hauling freight.

The key to making money is getting loads. I made money as a trucker not because I was a great driver. I made money because I had a computer next to me that I programmed to poll the load board I used every 15 seconds and processed what was on the board and then screamed at me if there was a load on the board that looked good. This enabled me to get a better shot at getting the load. All I had to do was to drive and wait for the computer to scream and then glance down at the number I needed to call. It would be even easier to do today. Plus today, I know how to send out emails and text messages from my PC to every broker I can get a phone number from.

Go here: https://www.uship.com/carriers/hot-shot-freight/ – this is a load board for people doing freight with small trucks. I got a login id and logged in. There were 73 loads going out within 100 miles of my house. 25 of them were “Cars & Light Trucks” that needed hauled. Some of them paid upwards of $2 a mile. 8 of them were in the “Horses”  category and were local delivery. There were 499 loads going out within 200 miles of my house. 

Go to: https://www.123loadboard.com/find-loads/oklahoma/all-cities/all-loads and click on hot-shot loads. Apparently, all load boards, and there are a bunch, have a hot-shot section as well as have loads that are less than 10K pounds.

More load boards: Hot Shot Carrier | Expedite Loads | Central Dispatch | Ship My Car

Read: Small truck, big service;

Stolen Bicycle

$300 Reward for Recovery

405-664-8145

Dahon 2013 Mu P8

Dahon 2013 Mu P8

THIS BICYCLE WAS STOLEN IN NORMAN, OK

This is a picture of a bicycle that is the same color and model of the bicycle that was stolen from my home on Thursday September 14, 2017 between 2-3 PM. I really like the bike. I prefer it to my carbon fiber road bike when I ride around town. If you can also drop off the person who stole it tied- up and unconscious with a sack over their head along with the bicycle there can be substantially more money involved.

Rolling Okie

Yes, it is a real lion and yes, I am taking it on an afternoon walk. It’s not a very common photo and I’m hoping that seeing a bike like the one above will trigger your memory into remembering this picture and thinking about my stolen bike. Memories and sights are like that. One triggers another.

Lion Walking

Lion Walking

Houston Airport Details

Houston Skyline

Houston Skyline

There are inexpensive flights out of the Houston, TX IAH airport to lots of places around the world. Since I live in OKC I need a way to get to IAH and it needs to be cost effective. I know that I can take Megabus from Dallas to Houston for $1 if I plan far enough ahead. The question then becomes how I get to IAH from downtown Houston. The following explains how I can do it.

The Houston Megabus location at 815 Pierce Street is approximately one block from the downtown METRO Transit Center. There appear to be 8 buses a day currently going from Dallas to Houston. They start early in the morning (7:15 AM) and the last bus arrives in Houston at 10:20 PM in the evening. The trip takes 4 hours. You can reverse it with about the same details to get back to Dallas.

According to the IAH website: METRO Bus 102 serves the airport and surrounding vicinity with multiple stops and continues to the METRO station downtown. The fare is $1.25 (cash only; the driver does not make change). Transit time to downtown can run 1.5 hours. Riders may stow luggage in the baggage compartment accessed from the outside of the bus (drivers do not assist with luggage). Pick up and drop off is at the METRO Bus Stop on Baggage Claim Level, south side of Terminal C. It appears that the METRO station downtown is at 1900 Main St. Houston, TX 77002.

Bus route 102 leaves every 20 minutes and takes about one hour to make the trip. It looks like the bus starts at 5:00 AM and stops at 12:00 AM. For more information call Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County at (713) 635-4000.

Photo Places

I’m working on a new website. I will need photos for the website. Steps to getting a great screen shot image is as follows. I was able to do a prt+sc and get an image that I could save with Paint. Next step was to crop the image with lunapic. Next, I could compress with toolur to about 30% without loosing what seemed to be any of the quality of the image and without loosing any size in the width or height at all. Once I did those steps I had a nice looking picture with a very small size.

lunapic - crop photos for the web. toolur - compress photos for the web.

Free Images

Wikimedia Commons - the Grandaddy of Public Domain pics.

flickr – Great repository.

Pixabay – All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

Pexels – The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So, attribution is not required.

StockSnap.io – No attribution required.

Unsplash – No attribution required, but appreciated.

Burst – No attribution required, but appreciated.

Not Free Images

iStockExpensive.
Getty Images – very, very epensive.
Shutterstock – costs are discussed here.
Fotolia – costs are discussed here.
Dreamstime – costs are discussed here.
123RF – costs are discussed here.
Bigstock – costs are discussed here.
Depositphotos – costs are discussed here.

 

Kayak Links Goals

Level 1
ATLANTA GA
BOSTON MA
CHICAGO IL
DENVER CO
DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX
HOUSTON TX
LOS ANGELES CA
MIAMI FL
NEW YORK NY
SEATTLE WA
SAN FRANCISCO CA

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Level 2
NEWARK NJ
BALTIMORE MD
OKLAHOMA CITY
CHARLOTTE NC
DETROIT MI
FORT LAUDERDALE
LAS VEGAS NV
MINNEAPOLIS MN
ORLANDO FL
PHILADELPHIA PA
PHOENIX AZ
SALT LAKE CITY UT
SAN DIEGO CA
TAMPA FL
SAN JOSE

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The following do not need to be done.
PITTSBURG
SAN ANTONIO
JACKSONVILLE
ST LOUIS
RALEIGH/DURHAM
CLEVELAND
NEWBURGH, NY
PROVIDENCE
OAKLAND

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AMSTERDAM
ATHENS
BANGKOK
BARCELONA
BEIJING
BERLIN
COPENHAGEN
DUBLIN
FUZHOU
HCMC
ISTANBUL
KUALA LUMPUR
LISBON
LONDON
MADRID
MANILA
MOSCOW
NEW DELHI
OSLO
ROME
SHANGHAI
SINGAPORE
STOCKHOLM
TAIPEI
TOKYO
VIENNA
ZURICH

Kayak Links 450

Level 1
CHICAGO IL
NEW YORK NY
ATLANTA GA
DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX
HOUSTON TX
LOS ANGELES CA
BOSTON MA
DENVER CO
MIAMI FL
SAN FRANCISCO CA
SEATTLE WA

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Level 2
NEWARK NJ
OKLAHOMA CITY
BALTIMORE MD
CHARLOTTE NC
DETROIT MI
FORT LAUDERDALE
LAS VEGAS NV
MINNEAPOLIS MN
ORLANDO FL
PHILADELPHIA PA
PHOENIX AZ
SALT LAKE CITY UT
SAN DIEGO CA
TAMPA FL
SAN JOSE

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The following do not need to be done.
PITTSBURG
SAN ANTONIO
JACKSONVILLE
ST LOUIS
RALEIGH/DURHAM
CLEVELAND

AMSTERDAM
ATHENS
BANGKOK
BEIJING
BERLIN
COPENHAGEN
DUBLIN
ISTANBUL
KUALA LUMPUR
LISBON
LONDON
MOSCOW
NEW DELHI
OSLO
ROME
SHANGHAI
SINGAPORE
STOCKHOLM
TAIPEI
TOKYO
VIENNA
ZURICH

New Kayak

NEW YORK NY | (400)
NEW YORK NY | (400)
ATLANTA GA | (400)
DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX | (400)
OKLAHOMA CITY | (400)
HOUSTON TX | (400)
LOS ANGELES CA | (400)
BOSTON MA | (400)
DENVER CO | (400)
MIAMI FL | (400)
SAN FRANCISCO CA | (400)
SEATTLE WA | (400)
NEWARK NJ | (400)

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Level 2
BALTIMORE MD | (400)
CHARLOTTE NC | (400)
DETROIT MI | (400)
FORT LAUDERDALE | (400)
LAS VEGAS NV | (400)
MINNEAPOLIS MN | (400)
ORLANDO FL | (400)
PHILADELPHIA PA | (400)
PHOENIX AZ | (400)
SALT LAKE CITY UT | (400)
SAN DIEGO CA | (400)
TAMPA FL | (400)
SAN JOSE | (400)

——————————————

The following do not need to be done.
PITTSBURG | (400)
SAN ANTONIO | (400)
JACKSONVILLE | (400)
ST LOUIS | (400)
RALEIGH/DURHAM | (400)
CLEVELAND | (400)

Places I Would LIke To Go

I’ve been a few places. I’m scheduled to go to a few more. But there are some places that I would love to explore a bit. There are even some places I’d love to explore a bit more. There have been times in the past when I’ve been somewhere and I’ve not allocated enough time there. Some places are a lot more enchanting than their pictures can convey. But, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about those places that I have seen in an image somewhere and it strikes me as a destination that is quite possibly too good to miss.

Here’s the list. I started it because I saw a picture of a place and I couldn’t really recognize where it was. It’s a reference for the future.

Cinque Terre, Italy (Images). Technically, I’ve been there. Realistically, I didn’t spend nearly enough time there. Perfect time to go is April-May or late September to mid-November.

Cappadocia, Turkey (Images). Never been. Need to go. Think Uchisar.

Ephesus, Turkey (Images). Never been. Need to go.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Images). Never been. Need to go. Walk there? From where?

Besalu, Girona, Catalonia, Spain (Images). Not far from Barcelona.