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    Trip To USA: Guns, Hunting and Harleys

    The first morning of my stay in Gatlinburg, I was awoken with something to make me feel right at home – a smattering of rain. Being Tennessee, the temperature was hotter than home by quite a margin, but the humidity was off the scale and it hit me every time I went outside. Pretty soon the sun came out and bathed the log cabin in warm rays. To the left and below of the cabin is a road. Swivelling around to the right all you see are trees lining the mountain. Above the cabin, where you can see what remains of an old chimney, is an area for a firepit.…

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    Trip to USA : Day One, Missing Case Located and Meeting Friends New and Old

      What a week! I’m sorry I have been awol from posting but much fun, learning, and enlightenment were had while I was in the States. Last I posted I my case had decided to travel on to Knoxville without me. The first thing that struck me about America is the scale: @Rhondak had kindly offered to pick me up from Washington Dulles, but little did I realize that it was a seven-hour drive each way back to Gatlinburg, where we were staying. Back in the UK, I could easily travel the length of England in that time, and this was just one of fifty states! Once I acclimatized to…

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    Trek to USA : The Curious Case of The Missing Case

    Boarding was finally called on my flight to Washington DC and we all shuffled on board the United Airlines jet, greeted by smiling staff. Were they smiling because we were kept waiting by the delay or were their smiles the result of embarrassment? I couldn’t say with any certainty, but they were very obliging and accommodating, feeding us and keeping us topped up with free alcohol throughout the flight. The TVs had a wide selection of movies for our amusement but other than the fact that I had already seen any that might have interested me, I was desperate for sleep, having been awake for well over twenty four hours…

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    Trip to USA – I Hit a Snag

    After a short hop over the Irish Sea, the flight was smooth and lasted around fifty minutes, before I landed in Dublin. Advised by the air stewards, I made my way to US preclearance, waited in the longest queue imaginable before emptying my bags, removing my shoes, hat and belt. Agent Smith – yes, really – photographed me, interrogated me, took my fingerprints, and photographed me again. He let me in. Walking to the departure gates, a terrible sight greeted me… Can you guess which flight is mine? If you answered ‘the delayed one’ treat yourself to a cookie. This would mean that I would be landing in Washington ten…

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    Trek to USA. First steps

    The very first @thewritersblock meetup happens in a few days time. I am traveling from England and it will take me three flights to reach Gatlinburg in Tennessee. My first flight is from Birmingham airport to Dublin, but it is not due to take off until just after 8am tomorrow. The earliest train in the morning from my home town would not reach the airport until 7am. So I decided to catch the last train tonight and to spend the night at the airport. I caught my first train just after 10pm into Birmingham Snow Hill Station. Aided by my Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, I was guided on a 6…