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How to Keep a Car Clean When Driving in Iceland

Driving a vehicle in Iceland in general is not difficult in and of itself; but it does have its pitfalls — and one of them is driving on the many unpaved roads which permeate much of the small island country.

Keeping a rental car clean is very important — if only to ensure that no damage lurks underneath the thick layer of dirt and grime which eventually coats much of the car after driving on rutted roads pocked with depressions and comprised of nothing but gravel, dirt and rocks…

…and in order to…

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Yes, You Can Walk From the Airport to the Las Vegas Strip. Here is How…

“I have read about the taxi scams with the tunnel and the Interstate highway” is what I wrote in this article on Friday, September 19, 2014 pertaining to walking from the international airport which serves the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area to the Las Vegas Strip. “Sure enough, there were the long lines for transportation, for which I did not want to wait for who knows how long; and I did not want to get involved in any taxi scam anyway. I have driven the Interstate highways here in Las Vegas — there is no need to give me a sightseeing tour.”I then wrote “Screw that. I walked.”

That was the first time I have walked from the airport to Las Vegas Boulevard — which is more popularly known as The Strip — and back; but it was not the last time. I found that the city of Las Vegas is actually more walkable than I originally thought, as all destinations along Las Vegas Boulevard should be fewer than four miles — and should take you no more than 90 minutes at the most to walk.

Since then, I have been asked how to do that walk. If you were wondering that as well, you have come to the right place. Here are the instructions of how to do it…

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You Still Cannot Pump Fuel Into Your Vehicle in New Jersey

After crossing the Delaware River via the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Interstate 295 northbound, I drove off the highway on the exit for United States Highway 40 to fill up my rental car with gasoline — but as I had not driven in New Jersey in years, I had momentarily forgotten on that cold and sunny day that I did not have to get out of the car because motorists still are not allowed to use the fuel pumps throughout the state.

Effective as of Monday, January 1, 2018 at 12:01 in the morning, the state of Oregon permits drivers to use pumps to fill up the tanks of their vehicles by themselves in counties with a population of fewer than 40,000 residents — leaving New Jersey as the only state in the United States in which motorists pumping fuel into vehicles is against the law at any time during the day or night, anywhere in the state.

As mentioned, one benefit of this seemingly quirky law…

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My Visit to Cadillac Ranch in Photographs

As I drove eastbound along Interstate 40, I had no indication that I passed by an area which has literally become a roadside attraction, where ten different models of Cadillac automobiles — from 1949 through 1963 — are buried halfway into the ground, with the front half of each car below ground and the tail halves sticking up.

Cadillac Ranch is not initially easy to find — at least, visually — unless you know where it is located. When I arrived, all that was there was an ersatz gate adorned with coats of random colors of spray paint.

An enterprising entrepreneur was selling his wares out of the back of his red sport utility vehicle. Refrigerator magnets. Hat pins…

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Falls to Fall For: Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland

I could hear the roar of the water smashing down onto the smooth and large rocks below long before I saw what is known as Öxarárfoss as I was strolling in Þingvellir National Park that morning of my visit, where I was greeted with spectacular — and relatively warm — weather.

Visitors are treated to a breathtaking view during the walk to Öxarárfoss.

Much of the walk to Öxarárfoss is via a curving boardwalk, with the remainder of it as a path of asphalt.

Öxarárfoss is actually located in a fissure which is…

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The Walk of Death: Langistígur in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland

On what turned out to be a rather warm and sunny day in Þingvellir National Park — which is part of the popular Golden Circle of Iceland — I wonder how such a naturally beautiful area could have once been the scene of something so gruesome that its nickname is either The Walk of Death or Execution Trail.

The nickname of this path is either The Walk of Death or Execution Trail because…

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Really Cold, Windy and Dreary at Saxhóll Crater in Iceland

The morning was cold and dreary as I was driving that morning on the road along the Snæfellsnesj Peninsula in western Iceland on my way to Saxhóll Crater; and the weather was in sharp contrast to the warm sunny day while I was visiting the Golden Circle.

Nevertheless, I arrived at the Saxhóll Crater — which…

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