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I Finally Have Internet Access Again — and Photographs of Snow.

This is just a short note to let you know that I have not posted any articles to The Gate recently because I lost access to the Internet due to the winter storm which impacted the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Being without Internet access was inconvenient at best; but being without electric power for…

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Update: Winter Storm in Atlanta December 2017

As I predicted yesterday in this article, additional airlines have issued travel waivers due to the winter storm which is currently in the southeastern United States — and the snow is currently falling in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area as I type this article.

At least one inch of snow is already on the ground — as shown in this short video — and…

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More Proof That Hertz Is Not a Soul-Less Company

“‘Sweet Kia, bro!’ -said nobody ever” still causes me to laugh every time I think of it since WR — who is a reader of The Gate — posted that comment in response to this article pertaining to the car I rented from Hertz being upgraded to a Kia Soul…

…and yet…

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Peachoid Water Tower Looks Like a Baby’s Butt With a Rash — But People Love It

Drive between exits 90 and 92 on Interstate 85 in South Carolina and you cannot miss it on the north side of the highway: a water tower which is 135 feet tall and resembles a peach — but it looks like a baby’s butt with a rash.

Nevertheless, the people of the town of Gaffney love their landmark named Peachoid — as well as the tourists from as far away as Canada, Germany and Japan who go out of their way to stop just to view the tower, which can hold one million gallons of water.

In fact, they were upset when…

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Standing on Four States at Four Corners Monument

Heading over to the Four Corners Monument and standing on four states at one time is one of those goofy things that I have wanted to do; but because it is located in such a remote area, I never had the chance to do so — and I have already been to all 50 states for years now.

I was not expecting to pass the Four Corners monument; but weather conditions on the route with which I was originally going to take convinced me to change my loose plans — and that is when the opportunity presented itself to me.

After staying overnight in Alamosa — which is located in…

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Interstate 49: The Ultimate Boredom?

As part of my road trip around the United States, I did have the pleasure of driving on Interstate 49 for approximately 40 miles from northern Louisiana to Texarkana in Arkansas…

…and — save for the occasional car or truck — the…

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My Rental Car Upgrade is a Kia Soul?!?

When I arrived at the Hertz rental car facility not far from where I am based — this is a local location and not near a major airport — I only had to wait a few minutes before the person behind the counter was finished with a customer.

I had already reserved a compact car for my road trip of two weeks, which should have sufficed. When I rented a car from Hertz in Calgary earlier this year, I received an upgrade to a Chevrolet Cruze, which I enjoyed, as it was fully loaded.

“Your car is a Kia Soul,” the person behind the counter told me as my paperwork was handed to me.

“A Kia Soul?” I asked. “What the heck is that?!?”

“It’s the rat car,” said another person who was in the facility.

“What?” I asked.

I do not…

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Eating Green Chile Stew in Albuquerque

When a friend of mine found out that I was in Albuquerque, he suggested — no, practically demanded — that I get some green chile stew, as he “loves that stuff.”

He and another person are both members of FlyerTalk whom I have known for years. That other person posted here that “Any visit to Albuquerque needs to include lunch or dinner at The Frontier Restaurant, a true cultural experience”; so I decided to combine both of their suggestions: head on over to the Frontier Restaurant and order some green chile stew.

I arrived at the restaurant and parked my rental car prior to walking through the glass door at the front entrance.

I was greeted by…

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Surprised: My Stay at Hotel Viktorija in Riga

Many aspects of Hotel Viktorija — including the lobby — seemed almost unchanged from when it was first built in 1910, as shown by dozens of photographs. Included in the incredibly low room rate of…

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Sunwapta Falls is Worth a Quick Visit

I first arrived at Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, thinking that it was on my way to Athabasca Glacier in the Rocky Mountains of Canada — and that I can sneak in a quick stop…

…but the area was under construction at the time and closed to visitors — so I…

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