4000 miles from home: Chicago

Moleskine entry: July 18th, 2009

I’m sat at the back of Virgin Atlantic flight VS039 en route to Chicago. I’ve never been to the windy city before, for all intents and purposes it looks like I’m not going to see much of it either.
We’re just passing through…

Our final destination today, July 18th 2009, is Billings Airport, Montana. From there we are to be transferred to The Hideout ranch some four hours drive outside of the airport, over the state line into Wyoming.

All this travel is for challenge two of Lucozade’s Summer of Energy Challenges and time we’re Cattle Ranching.

Last week we were sand-boarding in Namibia which, it has to be said, was simply breathtaking. There are hundreds of photos to look at and just a few videos too. As you may know, I have a very, very hectic Summer lined up ahead of me and to say that I’m clocking up ‘a few air miles’ might be somewhat of an understatement.

Strange. I have a note here, it says:

‘Experiment with adjusted images’.

I think I know what I mean. I’ll have a play with that that later…

Moving on…

Through a rather strange set of circumstances, I find myself not sat next to my traveling partner in crime, Sam. But in face next to a young student going by the name of Grant Rostad. He spots my N97 and asks after a play. I offer it up gladly, and also go onto explain how, in my opinion, the N86 (which I’m also carrying) is the far superior device.

“Oh no!” he says “I’m all about having a qwerty keypad, and a touch screen. Those things make a phone for me. “

Americans are such strange creatures.

We talk more and eventually at the very last minute, we grab said N97 and throw a quick podcast together for The Really Mobile Project.

It’s all a bit incidental and a bit geeky too, but I kind of like it.

Later that day, on a different page…

Chicago came and went.

We board the 1547 United Airlines flight to Billings, Montana.
THEN a 3hr drive into Wyoming.
Headed for a place known as ‘The Hideout‘ at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains.


Q: “You ever been on a horse before?”

A: “Um… I’ve seen one, does that count?”

This is going to be fun 🙂

The clouds are different here…

…stretching lazily across the acres of sky…

…I could take photos of clouds all day.


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Author: James Whatley

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3 thoughts on “4000 miles from home: Chicago”

  1. Using electronic devices waaaaaaaaaay after the cutoff, you naughty, naughty man.

    whatleydude Reply:

    I’ll have you know Mr Magicfingers, that my N97 was on *flight* mode.


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