Track Tour of the Daytona International Speedway

Last weekend I attended the 56th NASCAR Daytona 500, my first ever NASCAR race. This weekend I decided to return to the track and do a tour of the Daytona International Speedway and get a view from the other side of the race. First off you head out on a tram and go around the outside of…

Detroit’s Abandoned Packard Automotive Plant

In my previous blog I discussed the abandoned buildings of Detroit along with the renewal of the city and the great signs of recovery in certain areas. Of the abandoned sites dotted all around the city the most colossal one is the old Packard Automotive Plant. This is a place you have to see to believe! This was once a state of…

Abandoned Detroit?

It seems everyone has an image of Detroit, Michigan as a broken, bankrupt city ($18.5 million in debt). A place that has had a mass exodus of its citizens and is full of abandoned buildings. A city where pawn shops are a boom business and crime is a major problem. In many ways this image of Detroit is true. You can explore parts…

Then there was 1 – Yes I have made it to 49 US States!

Hi All. So my unplanned on a whim decision this year to try to get to all 50 US states is almost complete. State number 49 was South Carolina where I recently spent a great week in and around historic Charleston. For now I have just fallen short of making it to all 50 states in…

Acadia National Park – Carriage Road Stone Bridge

Within Acadia National Park in Maine there is a 45 mile / 72 kilometer series of what are known as carriage roads (dirt and gravel roads). They were constructed between 1913 to 1940 at the request of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960) mostly before the national park even existed. Rockefeller was a philanthropist from the famous Rockefeller family who…

St. Louis Cemetery Number One – New Orleans

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…. St. Louis Cemetery Number One on Basin Street in New Orleans, Louisiana is a fascinating place to walk around and explore. The graves are all above ground tombs that were mostly built in the 18th and 19th centuries….

North vs. South – The Dakota’s that is!

North and South Dakota in the far north of the United States have some of the most wondrous scenery in the country. The Great Plains, National Grasslands and The Badlands to name a few. They are also some of the least populated states. I was recently in the Dakota’s and here are just a few…

An Aussie Nomad’s quest to reach all 50 States

Ok, so I am way behind in writing about my current travels but given my recent posts are about very diverse geographical locations you might have guessed I have been on the move quite a bit of late! In September 2012 I decided to leave Seattle, Washington and return to Australia for a while (via some travels in…

Hello Chicagoland!

After leaving Indianapolis, Brad my friend from Australia and I completed our 2 week road trip across the heartland of America which had started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, crossing into Ohio and Indiana before ending in the “Windy City” of Chicago, Illinois (apart from a day trip to Milwaukee). So this is Part 6 of a series of photos of that journey showing cityscapes,…

Hello Indianapolis!

Two Aussies on a road trip across the heartland of America from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois. After departing Cincinnati in Ohio we headed for Indianapolis, Indiana a city I knew very little about apart from the Indy 500 car race. What a cool city it turned out to be with impressive and scenic sights to take in, many…

Hello Cincinnati!

Brad my friend from Australia and I recently undertook a road trip across the heartland of America from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois. Moving on from Columbus we headed for Cincinnati, Ohio. Welcome to Part 4 of a series of photos of that journey showing cityscapes, famous places and some Man vs. Food meals along the way (score update Man: 4 Food: 1)!…