June 30, 2005

Llama Road Trip Blegging

I'm going to be on travel all day tomorrow. The ol' itinerary puts me in Tampa with a couple of hours to kill in the afternoon. If anybody has any suggestions on something worth seeing or doing there, let me know. Otherwise, I'll just be loitering around the airport.

Yip! Yip!

UPDATE: Speaking o' road trips, here's an article about a survey of the top ten July 4th bottlenecks. I-64 between Richmond and Virginia Beach doesn't surprise me in the least. What does surprise me is that Oregon's Willamette Valley got tagged as the worst. What say you, Brian B.? I'm also surprised the Long Island Expressway out to the Hamptons didn't make the top ten.

Posted by Robert at June 30, 2005 08:12 AM

You could get arrested by my brother. When does your flight arrive?

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 30, 2005 09:08 AM

Tell him to rememember he'll need TWO pairs of handcuffs.

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 30, 2005 09:39 AM

What does surprise me is that Oregon's Willamette Valley got tagged as the worst. What say you, Brian B.?

Let's see... a 100 mile stretch of I-5 connects the states' 3 biggest cities, one of which, our only true multi-city urban area and only city over 1 million people(Portland), contains well over half of the state's population. Along that corridor, outside of those three cities themselves, I-5 is only TWO lanes in either direction.

Still surprising?

Posted by: Brian B at June 30, 2005 01:39 PM

Whoops, just read the link. To correct you AND me at the same time:

The bottleneck listed is not IN the Willamette Valley, it's the stretch of highwa FROM the Valley TO the coast. So the dynamics get even uglier:

There are two routes from Portland over to the coast. Highway 26 and Highway 30 are both 2 lane higways with the occasional passing lane added in. Portland, again, is a city with over a million people, and many of them will be heading for the coast -- Oregonians love the ocean. Many of them will be driving or towing slow RV's and trailers. In addition, Oregon's a big tourist destination, and so you'll have to add out of state visitors to the mix.

So yeah, I can see 30 or 26 making the list, even topping it. the routes from Eugene and Salem to the coast will be ugly too -- similar roads, smaller populations. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that the route I mentioned in my first post doesn't make the cut too.

Posted by: Brian B at June 30, 2005 01:46 PM

Will Mrs. Llama and the LLama-ettes be accompanying you on this trip? That kinda dictates the type of establishments I'd recommend.

Posted by: phin at June 30, 2005 04:07 PM

Nope - hit and run bizness trip. And I assume you're not going to suggest, er, that kind of establishment - in the middle of the afternoon?

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 30, 2005 04:11 PM

Well there is one of those establishments that has a great steak. I'll have to see if I can find the name of it, it's been a couple of years since a customer took me there.
If you have a rental car the drive to St. Petersburg has some decent sights along the way just be sure to take Hwy60 through rocky point island. On rocky point there's a decent restaurant beside the holiday inn.

Posted by: phin at June 30, 2005 05:50 PM

The Tampa-St. Pete area is the strip club capital of the world! (or at least FL)

I suggest Mons Venus. (so I've heard)

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 30, 2005 06:49 PM

I'm not from Tampa but I just visited recently. There's a real nice mall with some great restaurants right next to the airport. Which reminds me of an interesting story. As I was leaving the mall, I made a wrong turn and I was heading down the wrong street cursing... when I realize that I'm almost directly at the approach end of active runway.... here comes a big ole 747 so close I feel like I could touch the gear. I look again and it says "United States of America" on the side... oh yeah, Bush was supposed to visit that day. Pretty neat.

Posted by: Rick Lee at July 1, 2005 12:12 AM

We're Number One!

We're Number One!

We're Number Three in Unemployment, but thank god the governer is working on that.

Posted by: OregonGuy at July 1, 2005 06:46 PM
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