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Out2News Destination of The Month February 2019 Finland

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Finland is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature. Finland has approximately 188,000 lakes (about 10% of the country) and a similar number of islands. In the northernmost part of the country the Northern Lights can be seen in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Finns also claim the mythical mountain of Korvatunturi as the home of Santa Claus, and a burgeoning tourist industry in Lapland caters to Santa fans.

Despite living in one of the most technologically developed countries in the world, Finns love to head to their summer cottages in the warmer months to enjoy all manner of relaxing pastimes including sauna, swimming, fishing and barbecuing. Today, Finland has a distinctive language and culture that sets it apart from the rest of Nordic Europe.

Finland has a comprehensive road network that connects and runs through all of the major cities. Driving through Finland during anytime of the year is a treat with winding roads and gentle hills framed by pine and birch forests with agricultural farm lands here and there. Summertime evening drives with the midnight sun providing gentle light are particularly scenic and enjoyable. During summer months road repairs are in full swing so some minor delays may be experienced. Road patrol cameras are utilized extensively to monitor traffic and enforce speed limits.

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FDOT Treasure Coast Traffic Report

February 15 through February 22, 2019

TREASURE COAST – Construction and maintenance-related lane closures on state highways in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties are expected during February 15 through February 22, 2019. Weather permitting, work will be done at the following locations throughout the Treasure Coast.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS MARTIN COUNTY

Kanner Highway / State Road 76, from Lost River Road to south of Monterey Road

Description: Under this 4.3-mile-long project, Kanner Highway is being widened from a four-lane divided highway to a six-lane divided highway. Additional work on this project includes: widening the bridge over the South Fork St. Lucie River; drainage improvements, including construction of five retention ponds; construction sound walls at Fisherman’s/Somerset Cove and Whitemarsh Reserve; guardrail improvements; signalization upgrades; and turn lane and bicycle lane improvements.

Cost/Completion: $20.8 million. Completion is expected in spring 2019.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction of Kanner Highway between Lost River Road and Martin County High School (MCHS) may be closed intermittently daily, Saturday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for drainage work and roadway widening.
One lane in either direction of Kanner Highway between Lost River Road and Martin County High School (MCHS) may be closed intermittently nightly, Friday through Thursday night, from 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for bridge & drainage work.
The northbound sidewalk along Kanner Highway between Cayuga Terrace and Indian Street is closed through February for drainage work. Pedestrians are being detoured to the southbound sidewalk along Kanner Highway at Indian Street and Pomeroy Street.
The northbound sidewalk along Kanner Highway between Pomeroy Street and Cove Road is closed through March for drainage work. Pedestrians are being detoured to the southbound sidewalk along Kanner Highway at Cove Road and Salerno Road, Pomeroy Street.

State Road 710 / Warfield Boulevard from East of Kanner Highway (State Road 76) to the Martin / Palm Beach County Line

Description: This 5.572-mile project includes reconstructing State Road 710 to a 4-lane divided roadway with a 40-foot sodded median, concrete pavement, installing a new drainage system, and constructing a new wildlife crossing west of Martin / Palm Beach County line.

Cost/Completion: $27.99 million. Completion is expected in spring 2020.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction of SR 710 may be intermittently closed Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for roadway widening. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
Eastbound and westbound traffic on SR 710 is shifted to the south, utilizing the newly constructed roadway, to facilitate roadway construction. One lane of traffic is maintained in each direction.
The speed limit at the transition area on State Road 710 just west of the Palm Beach County Line is reduced from 60 MPH to 45 MPH.
The speed limit at the transition area on State Road 710 just east of Kanner Highway is reduced from 60 MPH to 40 MPH.

I-95 Resurfacing Project from Bridge Road (Exit 96) to Indiantown Road (Exit 87)

Description: I-95 is being resurfaced from south of Indiantown Road (State Road 706) in the Town of Jupiter to north of Bridge Road (County Road 708) in Martin County. Improvements under this 9.8-mile project consist of resurfacing I-95 mainline from south of Indiantown Road (SR 706) to north of Bridge Road (CR 708) and the I-95 interchange ramps at Indiantown Road (Exit 87) and Bridge Road (Exit 96), and minor shoulder and guardrail repairs.

Cost/Completion: $17.18 million. Completion is expected in spring 2019.

Traffic Impact:

Up to two lanes in either direction of I-95 from Indiantown Road to Bridge Road will be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving.
Full Closure: The northbound I-95 to westbound Indiantown Road (Exit 87B) and southbound I-95 to eastbound Indiantown Road (Exit 87A) exit ramps are anticipating full closures Sunday night, February 17 through Tuesday night, February 19 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting, for paving.
NB I-95 to WB Indiantown Rd. Detour: Motorists should detour north on I-95 to Bridge Road/Exit 96, go westbound on Bridge Road and re-enter I-95, heading southbound to Indiantown Road Exit 87B.
SB I-95 to EB Indiantown Rd. Detour: Motorists should detour south on I-95 to Donald Ross Road / Exit 83, go eastbound on Donald Ross Road and re-enter I-95, heading northbound to Indiantown Road Exit 87A.

U.S. 1 (State Road 5) from North of SE Salerno Road to North of SE Fischer Street

Description: The U.S. 1 (State Road 5) milling & resurfacing project runs from north of SE Salerno Road to north of SE Fischer Street. Work on this 1.61-mile project includes: milling and resurfacing of all travel lanes, turn lanes, and shoulders; sidewalk and pedestrian ramp upgrades; upgrading signing and pavement markings; and upgrading pedestrian signal heads at three signalized intersections.

Cost/Completion: $4,027,309.52. Completion is expected in early 2019.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in each direction of U.S. 1 will be closed Sunday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway work.

Warfield Boulevard from Approximately 2 Miles West of Fox Brown Road to Fox Brown Road in Indiantown

Traffic Impact:

The westbound lane of Warfield Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Mar. 8 for utility work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.

Warfield Boulevard from Farm Dairy Road to Approximately 2 Miles East of Farm Dairy Road in Indiantown

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction of Warfield Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Mar. 8 for utility work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.

U.S. 1 from NW Wright Boulevard to NW Britt Road in Stuart

Traffic Impact:

One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Feb. 21 for utility work.

U.S. 1 from NW Britt Road to Port St. Lucie Boulevard in Jensen Beach & Port St. Lucie

Traffic Impact:

One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Mar. 15 for utility work. Intermittent sidewalk closures may occur along the northbound sidewalk during these hours, detouring pedestrians at the nearest signalized intersections.

U.S. 1 from Baker Road to 16th Place in Stuart

Traffic Impact:

One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for utility work. Intermittent sidewalk closures may occur along the northbound sidewalk during these hours, detouring pedestrians at the nearest signalized intersections.

Jensen Beach Boulevard from Green River Parkway to Savannah Road in Jensen Beach

Traffic Impact:

One eastbound lane of Jensen Beach Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Apr. 11 for utility work.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Indrio Road Widening Project

Description: Indrio Road is being widened from west of the I-95 interchange to east of Emerson Avenue (State Road 607). This 2.7-mile project includes: reconstructing the existing two-lane Indrio Road to a four-lane, divided highway with a raised median; constructing a 6-foot sidewalk along the south side and a 12-foot-wide multi-purpose trail along the north side of Indrio Road; realigning Spanish Lakes Boulevard to connect with Koblegard Road; reconstructing Koblegard Road from Indrio Road north approximately .5 mile; and installing new highway lighting, signage and signalization.

Cost/Completion: $23.95 million. Completion is expected in spring 2019.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction on Indrio Road may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for roadway widening. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
One lane in either direction on Emerson Avenue may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for roadway widening. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
One lane in either direction on Johnston Avenue may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for roadway widening. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
One lane in either direction on Koblegard Road may be closed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for roadway widening. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.

Midway Road Widening Project, from S. 25th Street to U.S. 1

Description: This 1.8-mile project includes: reconstructing the existing two-lane Midway Road to a four-lane, divided highway with a raised median; installing a new signal at Sunrise Boulevard; constructing a new bridge over the North Fork St. Lucie River; constructing a 6-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 12-foot multi-purpose trail on the south side Midway Road; constructing 4-foot bike lanes on both sides of the roadway; reconstruction of S. 25th Street approximately 1000′ to the south & north of Midway Road; reconstruction of Sunrise Boulevard from W. 1st Street to Charlotta Street; reconstruction of Oleander Avenue from W. 2nd Street to Merritt Ditch; drainage improvements, including constructing 6 retention ponds at 5 locations; and signage, signalization, and lighting improvements.

Cost/Completion: $26.85 million. Completion is expected in spring 2020.

Traffic Impact:

· Full Closure: Starting Friday night, February 22 at 6 p.m., the intersection of Midway Road and Oleander Avenue will undergo a full closure and will reopen no later than Saturday, February 23 at 12 p.m. for reconstruction of the Midway Road & Oleander Avenue intersection. During this time, motorists heading east or west on Midway Road should detour via U.S. 1 or Sunrise Boulevard to Weatherbee Road. Motorists heading south on Oleander Avenue should detour via Weatherbee Road to U.S. 1 or Sunrise Boulevard. Motorists heading north on Oleander Avenue should detour via 1st Street to Sunrise Boulevard to Weatherbee Road.

 

Cost/Completion: $26.85 million. Completion is expected in spring 2020.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction of Midway Road between 25th Street and U.S. 1 may be closed Monday through Friday except from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for drainage activities, signalization, bridge work, and embankment/excavation. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
One lane in either direction of Oleander Avenue between West 1st Street and just north of Midway Road by Merritt Ditch may be closed Monday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for drainage activities and signalization. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
One lane in either direction of Sunrise Boulevard between West 1st Street and Augusta Street may be closed Monday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for drainage activities, embankment, and signalization. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a flag crew.
One lane in each direction of 25th St. from 1,200′ north to 500′ south of Midway Road may have daytime and nighttime lane closures Monday through Friday except for between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. for drainage work and gravity wall activities.
One lane in either direction of Melville Road just south of Midway Road may be closed Monday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for sodding. A flag crew will maintain two-way traffic.
One lane in either direction of U.S. 1 at Midway Road may be closed Monday through Friday except from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for signalization.
The inside northbound U.S. 1 to westbound Midway Road turn lane is closed around-the-clock to accommodate roadway widening. The inside southbound U.S. 1 to eastbound Midway Road turn lane is closed around-the-clock to accommodate roadway widening.
The eastbound Midway Road to southbound Oleander Avenue right turn lane is closed around-the-clock to accommodate roadway widening. The westbound Midway Road to northbound Oleander Avenue right turn lane is closed around-the-clock to accommodate roadway widening. Traffic is still able to turn right via the existing through lane.
Full Closure: Starting Thursday night, February 21 at 6 p.m., the intersection of Midway Road and Oleander Avenue will undergo a full closure and will reopen no later than Friday, February 22 at 12 p.m. for reconstruction of the Midway Road & Oleander Avenue intersection. During this time, motorists heading east or west on Midway Road should detour via U.S. 1 or Sunrise Boulevard to Weatherbee Road. Motorists heading south on Oleander Avenue should detour via Weatherbee Road to U.S. 1 or Sunrise Boulevard. Motorists heading north on Oleander Avenue should detour via 1st Street to Sunrise Boulevard to Weatherbee Road.

I-95 Bridge Deck Replacement Project at Glades Cut Off Road (County Road 709) and Ten Mile Creek

Description: The I-95 bridge decks are being replaced over Glades Cut Off Road & the FEC Railroad (approximate mile marker 125) in the City of Port St. Lucie and over Ten Mile Creek (just south of Okeechobee Road / Exit 129). Work on this project includes: replacing the bridge decks on I-95 over Glades Cut Off Road (CR 709) & the FEC Railroad and over Ten Mile Creek (just south of Okeechobee Road / Exit 129); milling and resurfacing approaches to bridge decks; re-striping approaches to bridge decks.

Cost/Completion: $13.46 million. Completion is expected in summer 2019.

Traffic Impact:

The speed limit on southbound & northbound I-95 from just south of the Glades Cut Off Road overpass (approximate mile marker 125) to just north of Okeechobee Road / Exit 129 has been reduced from 70 MPH to 60 MPH.
I-95 northbound and southbound traffic is reduced from three to two lanes at the following locations around-the-clock to facilitate the traffic diversions:
Glades Cut Off Road overpass (approximate mile marker 125)
Ten Mile Creek overpass (just south of Okeechobee Road / Exit 129)
Traffic may be reduced to one lane in either direction of I-95 at the Ten Mile Creek overpass (just south of Okeechobee Road/Exit 129) Sunday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Traffic may be reduced to one lane in either direction of I-95 at the Glades Cut Off Road overpass (approximate mile marker 125) Sunday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
One lane in either direction of Glades Cut Off Road at the I-95 overpass will be closed intermittently Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge demolition. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew.
Southbound I-95 traffic at the Glades Cut Off Road overpass (approximate mile marker 125) is diverted to the east, utilizing the northbound overpass, to facilitate bridge deck replacement. Two lanes of traffic in each direction are maintained at the bridge.

Peter P. Cobb Bridge (SR A1A) Rehabilitation and Observation Walk Replacement Project

Description: The Peter P. Cobb Bridge rehabilitation and observation walk replacement project over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Ft. Pierce includes: replacing the existing observation walkways, installing scour countermeasures along the channel bottom under the bridge, and making repairs to deteriorated concrete on the bridge pier columns.

Cost/Completion: $9.9 million. Completion is expected in spring 2020.

Traffic Impact:

The northwest catwalk is closed for demolition & reconstruction through the end of the project, spring 2020. During this time, the catwalk will not be accessible to the public.
The sidewalk that runs under the west side of Peter P. Cobb Bridge is closed for repair work. Pedestrians should cross SR A1A / Seaway Drive at Indian River Drive.
The southeast catwalk is closed for demolition & reconstruction through the end of the project, spring 2020. During this time, the catwalk will not be accessible to the public.

U.S. 1 Resurfacing Project

Description: U.S. 1 is being resurfaced from north of Midway Road to north of Edwards Road in the City of Ft. Pierce. Work on this 2.362-mile project includes removing old asphalt and resurfacing the existing five-lane roadway, adding sidewalks along both sides of the roadway, re-striping the existing roadway, upgrading signalization, drainage improvements, modifying the southbound right turn lane into the bus bay south of Market Avenue, upgrading the northbound bus bay south of Farmers Market Road, and adding a southbound bus bay south of Farmers Market Road.

Cost/Completion: $6,194,381.38. Completion is expected in spring 2019.

Traffic Impact:

One lane in each direction of U.S. 1 from Midway Road to Edwards Road may be closed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for drainage improvements, roadway widening, and curbs & sidewalk installation.

Kings Highway Widening Project, from South of State Road 70 to North of the I-95 Overpass

Description: Kings Highway / State Road 713 is being widened from south of State Road 70 to north of the I-95 overpass in the City of Ft. Pierce and unincorporated St. Lucie County. The improvements on this 3.417-mile project include: reconstructing the existing two-lane undivided Kings Highway with a newly constructed four‐lane divided roadway, relocating Canal No. 40 and Canal No. 32E to accommodate widening to the west, realigning Kings Highway at the intersection with Okeechobee Road which will improve the existing connection with the Turnpike, replacing existing culverts/swales and installing a closed drainage system and retention ponds, installing a new highway lighting system, and upgrading signalization with vehicle detection devices and ITS cameras. Features of the new roadway will include: a 30‐foot wide median with Type E Curb and Gutter (22‐foot-wide raised plus two four‐foot-wide paved inside shoulders), 6.5‐foot-wide outside shoulders which will also serve as buffered bicycle lanes, a 12‐foot-wide shared use path along the west side, and a 6‐foot-wide sidewalk along the east side.

Cost/Completion: $45,221,785.65. Completion is expected in fall 2022.

Traffic Impact:

The speed limit on Kings Highway from south of Okeechobee Road / State Road 70 to north of the I-95 overpass has been temporarily reduced from 50 MPH to 40 MPH. This speed limit reduction will be in place through the end of the project.
One lane in either direction of Kings Highway may be intermittently closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained by a flag crew. During this time, intermittent side street closures may occur maintaining two-way traffic at all times.

U.S. 1 from Veterans Memorial Parkway to Savannah Club Boulevard in Port St. Lucie

Traffic Impact:

One southbound U.S. 1 to eastbound Village Green Drive left turn lane will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 12 for construction activities.
One lane in each direction of U.S. 1 from Savannah Club Boulevard to Veterans Memorial Parkway will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 12 for construction activities.
Two lanes in each direction of U.S. 1 from Savannah Club Boulevard to Walton Road will be closed from Sunday through Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Feb. 22 for drainage work.

Indrio Road at the Kings Highway and Indrio Road Intersection in Ft. Pierce

Traffic Impact:

One lane in either direction at the Kings Highway & Indrio Road intersection may be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for drainage and roadway work. Two-way traffic will be maintained by flag crews.

U.S. 1 from Prima Vista Boulevard to Westmoreland Boulevard in Port St. Lucie

Traffic Impact:

One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Mar. 1 for utility work.

U.S. 1 from Jennings Road to Lyngate Drive in Port St. Lucie

Traffic Impact:

One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Feb. 21 for utility work. Intermittent sidewalk closures may occur along the northbound sidewalk during these hours, detouring pedestrians at the nearest signalized intersections.

U.S. 1 from Dyer Road to Midway Road in Port St. Lucie

Traffic Impact:

One northbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Mar. 15 for utility work. Intermittent sidewalk closures may occur along the northbound sidewalk during these hours, detouring pedestrians at the nearest signalized intersections.

U.S. 1 from Prima Vista Boulevard to Riomar Drive in Port St. Lucie

Traffic Impact:

One southbound lane of U.S. 1 will be closed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Feb. 28 for utility work.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

Indian River Boulevard and 20th Street (State Road 60) Intersection in Vero Beach

Traffic Impact:

On Tuesday the Indian River Boulevard and 20th Street intersection will undergo three five-minute closures between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to cross utility lines.

 

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SE Indian Street / SE St. Lucie Boulevard

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SE Indian Street / SE St. Lucie Boulevard LANE CLOSURE Florida Power & Light Pole Replacement 1/10/2019-3/10/2019
East Bound Single Lane Closure Between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm Weekdays Only

 

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Multiple Roadways Within Vista Salerno

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LANE CLOSURE Vista Salerno Neighborhood Restoration Project Starts-10/8/2018 Ends-4/1/2019

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About … Traffic

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From congested lanes on freeways to motor enzymes navigating DNA, traffic (and the occasional roadkill) is part of life.

1. Is your daily slog through a non-equilibrium system of interacting particles — how physicists define vehicular traffic — getting you down? Us too, especially when it slows for no apparent reason.

2. According to a study in the New Journal of Physics, traffic jams develop spontaneously when vehicle density exceeds a critical level, beyond which minor fluctuations in the flow of individual vehicles destabilize the whole thing.

3. In fact, even construction or an accident isn’t directly responsible for congestion; the cause is the increase in vehicle density.

4. Traffic jams predate the automobile. William Phelps Eno, a pioneer of vehicular traffic control in the early 20th century, wrote about gridlock caused by horse-drawn carriages on the streets of his native New York City in the 1860s.

5. Also nothing new: judging others on the road. “I don’t think I ever went on the streets of New York nor of any other city or town without being astonished at the stupidity of drivers, pedestrians and police,” Eno wrote in 1939.

6. Traffic has been an issue since the first single-celled organisms. Motor enzymes are constantly moving around the crowded DNA streets of every living thing to copy or repair genetic code, a process called molecular traffic.

7. And yes, even on this minute level there are roadblocks and collisions (imagine the tiny orange cones!) that can disrupt replication and other processes crucial to genomic stability.

8. In even simple organisms like bacteria, however, researchers have observed a distinct molecular traffic flow to reduce head-on collisions between enzymes engaged in different tasks.

9. If enzymes can figure out how to go with the flow, why can’t we? About 1.25 million people die every year in traffic accidents, according to the World Health Organization.

10. Half of those killed are defined as vulnerable road users: people on foot, bicycle or motorcycle.

11. Self-driving cars may soon increase traffic safety — or just seem to do so. A recent study presenting different accident scenarios found that people were less likely to blame an automated car, even when it was at fault, than a human driver at fault.

12. You don’t even have to be in traffic to suffer from it. A 2016 multiple-study review linked traffic pollution to asthma, pulmonary disease, eczema and even food allergies.

13. Another 2016 study found that high exposure to traffic pollution and noise was associated with daytime sleepiness and nighttime snoring.

14. But traffic poses even bigger problems for other species, particularly birds: Worldwide, it kills about a quarter of a billion of the animals annually.

15. Some birds, though, have adapted. Roadkill-noshing crows, for example, will pause their meal and fly straight up or walk to a different lane as traffic approaches.

16. And a 2013 study found that several species of common European birds adjust the timing of their takeoff to avoid oncoming traffic based on the speed limit of the specific stretch of road.

17. It’s difficult to pinpoint how many land animals are killed by vehicular traffic annually — no single entity keeps track — but over a 17-month period, one study documented more than 8,000 fatalities along a 1.1-mile stretch of road in Indiana.

18. In 2015, a Wildlife Research paper found roads with gentle grades and wider lanes and shoulders have the highest risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions. High visibility may encourage drivers to speed, a known crash risk.

19. Roads break up habitats and block migration routes, but as our species continues to expand, some researchers are asking which is better for wildlife: more traffic on fewer roads or less traffic on more roads?

20. One 2014 study based on modeling animal movement found that increasing vehicle density on existing roads, rather than adding more roads with lower density, resulted in fewer wildlife fatalities. Good for them — and more traffic for us.

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Through the Sands of Time

 

Article by: Alexa Bricker

If you’re looking for a bustling, high-end shopping district, dancing until dawn, and a luxurious five-star condo overlooking the bay, head to Miami or Las Vegas. But if you’re looking for something a little quainter, America has no shortage of throwback havens along its coasts.

From the rocky shores of Oregon to the palm-tree-lined streets of southern Florida, traditional beach towns—with their old-fashioned sundries, family-owned B and Bs, and midcentury ice cream parlors—have been charming beachgoers for decades. There’s something about these nostalgic towns that manages to put you at ease.

Whether you visit to continue a decades-long tradition or are establishing a tradition of your own, a vacation at one of these retreats is never a bad idea.

An artsy, walkable harbor in Massachusetts. A sea-sprayed oasis in Oregon. No matter their latitude, these beach towns are unforgettable.

America’s beach towns are full of undiscovered gems, and you have to add these throwback oceanside attractions to your list of must-visits this season.

You can’t underestimate the power of a good trip to the beach. Whether for the day, a weekend, or more, it seems there’s nothing that a little sun, sand, and surf can’t fix.

This healing ability works especially well if your vacation spot is a little alcove off the beaten path, where you can let the magic of a quiet afternoon by the water put you at ease. These destination beach towns may be old-fashioned, but they’re full of charm, too.

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Chatham, MA

Cape Cod is a popular vacation spot, no doubt, but at the cape’s southern tip lies the town of Chatham—a small seaside fishing community first settled in 1665. Tiny cottage homes dot the walkable streets of town, and the harbor welcomes waterbirds and other wildlife during the summer months. You can’t beat the pristine family-friendly beaches, either.

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Topsail Beach, NC

North Carolina is famed for its beautiful beaches, but with a flood of tourists during the busy season, hot spots like Wrightsville can feel overcrowded. Instead, head a little farther north to Topsail, where you can embrace the beach-bum life without distraction. Legend has it that the eighteenth-century pirate Blackbeard buried his treasure nearby. Pirates aside, the low-key beaches of Topsail are a haven for fishing, boating, and other water activities.

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Saugatuck, MI

A trip to Michigan … for the beach? Though not always thought of as a beach destination, Michigan has more than 1,000 miles of beautiful shoreline that has been voted among the best in the world. Saugatuck is a gem in the northwest corner of the state, peppered with art galleries and antique shops and beloved for its small-town hospitality.

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Yachats, OR

Cannon Beach might be the most popular destination on Oregon’s coast, but Yachats should not be overlooked-wil mile after mile of gorgeouse beaches and opportunities to catch a glimpse of the areas’s amazing wildlife. Uncover the history of America’s Pacific Coast settlements with a visit to some of the oldest lighthouses in the country.

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Durban, South Africa

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In photo: Palm City resident ad Martin County Commissioner Ed Campi in Durban

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning “bay/lagoon”) is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban’s metropolitan municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. It forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal which is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa. It has the highest number of dollar millionaires added per year of any South African city with the number rising 200% between 2000 and 2014.

In May 2015, Durban was officially recognised as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur.

Archaeological evidence from the Drakensberg mountains suggests that the Durban area has been inhabited by communities of hunter-gatherers since 100,000 BC. These people lived throughout the area of present-day KwaZulu-Natal until the expansion of Bantu farmers and pastoralists from the north saw their gradual displacement, incorporation or extermination. Little is known of the history of the first residents, as there is no written history of the area until it was sighted by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who sailed parallel to the KwaZulu-Natal coast at Christmastide in 1497 while searching for a route from Europe to India. He named the area “Natal”, or Christmas in Portuguese.

The modern city of Durban dates from 1824, when a party of 25 men under British Lieutenant F. G. Farewell arrived from the Cape Colony and established a settlement on the northern shore of the Bay of Natal, near today’s Farewell Square. Accompanying Farewell was an adventurer named Henry Francis Fynn. Fynn was able to befriend the Zulu King Shaka by helping him to recover from a stab wound he suffered in battle. As a token of Shaka’s gratitude, he granted Fynn a “30-mile strip of coast a hundred miles [160 km] in depth.”

During a meeting of 35 European residents in Fynn’s territory on 23 June 1835, it was decided to build a capital town and name it “d’Urban” after Sir Benjamin d’Urban, then governor of the Cape Colony.

The Voortrekkers established the Republic of Natalia in 1838, with its capital at Pietermaritzburg.

Piet Retief, leader of the Voortrekkers in Natal, negotiated with the Zulu King, Dingane, in order to obtain land for their farming purposes. After negotiations were concluded, Dingane however reneged and had Retief and his entire entourage murdered. Thereafter the Zulus attacked and killed more than 500 Voortrekkers at Retief’s laager. The Voortrekkers retaliated and broke Dingane’s power at the Battle of Blood River, killing over 3000 Zulus.

Continued tension between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus prompted the governor of the Cape Colony to dispatch a force under Captain Charlton Smith to establish British rule in Natal, for fear of losing British control in Port Natal. The force arrived on 4 May 1842 and built a fortification that was later to be The Old Fort. On the night of 23/24 May 1842 the British attacked the Voortrekker camp at Congella. The attack failed, and the British had to withdraw to their camp which was put under siege. A local trader Dick King and his servant Ndongeni were able to escape the blockade and rode to Grahamstown, a distance of 600 km (372.82 mi) in fourteen days to raise reinforcements. The reinforcements arrived in Durban 20 days later; the Voortrekkers retreated, and the siege was lifted.

Fierce conflict with the Zulu population led to the evacuation of Durban, and eventually the Afrikaners accepted British annexation in 1844 under military pressure.

A British governor was appointed to the region and many settlers emigrated from Europe and the Cape Colony. The British established a sugar cane industry in the 1860s. Farm owners had a difficult time attracting Zulu labourers to work on their plantations, so the British brought thousands of indentured labourers from India on twenty five-year contracts. As a result of the importation of Indian labourers, Durban has the largest Asian community on the African continent, and has the largest Indian population outside of India.

When the Borough of Durban was proclaimed in 1854, the council had to procure a seal for official documents. The seal was produced in 1855 and was replaced in 1882. The new seal contained a coat of arms without helmet or mantling that combined the coats of arms of Sir Benjamin D’Urban and Sir Benjamin Pine. An application was made to register the coat of arms with the College of Arms in 1906, but this application was rejected on grounds that the design implied that D’Urban and Pine were husband and wife. Nevertheless, the coat of arms appeared on the council’s stationery from about 1912. The following year, a helmet and mantling was added to the council’s stationery and to the new city seal that was made in 1936. The motto reads “Debile principium melior fortuna sequitur”—”Better fortune follows a humble beginning”.

The blazon of the arms registered by the South African Bureau of Heraldry and granted to Durban on 9 February 1979. The coat of arms fell into disuse with the re-organisation of the South African local government structure in 2000. The seal ceased to be used in 1995.

Today, Durban is the busiest container port in Africa. The Golden Mile, developed as a welcoming tourist destination in the 1970s, as well as Durban at large, provide ample tourist attractions, particularly for people on holiday from Gauteng. The Golden Mile was redeveloped in late 2009 in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was resurfaced and widened between Ushaka Marine World and Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Durban’s most popular beaches are also located along the Golden Mile. The city is also a gateway to the national parks and historic sites of the Zulu Kingdom, the old British Gentlemen’s club, the City Hall, the Natal Sugar Mills, the Botanical Gardens, Mitchell Park (a park lined with flowers where the Victorian-era inhabitants came in their best outfits) and the Drakensberg

Durban has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with hot and humid summers and pleasantly warm and dry winters, which are snow- and frost-free. Durban has an annual rainfall of 1,009 millimetres (39.7 in). The average temperature in summer ranges around 24 °C (75 °F), while in winter the average temperature is 17 °C (63 °F). Sunrise in Durban on summer solstice occurs at 04:45 and sunset at 19:00; on winter solstice, sunrise is at 06:30 and sunset at 17:20. The rainy season is in summer which begins in November, ending in mid-April. Summers are sunny, hot and humid during the day, but are relieved by afternoon or evening thunderstorms. The city is also occasionally affected by tropical storms and cyclones during the cyclone season, which is from 15 November to 30 April. Winters, which are from June to August, are generally warm and sunny.

Durban is ethnically diverse, with a cultural richness of mixed beliefs and traditions. Zulus form the largest single ethnic group. It has a large number of people of British descent and has the most Indians of any city outside India. The influence of Indians in Durban has been significant, bringing with them a variety of cuisine, culture and religion. Social cohesion in South Africa’s third largest city is fairly strong despite a negative outlook from a few individuals. In the Apartheid regime, different groups had to stay in certain areas although black gardeners and maids often lived on their employer’s property. These boundaries have slowly diminished since the end of Apartheid. Nevertheless, Black townships tend to remain almost completely black. Most traditional white areas have seen a significant influx of more affluent blacks and Indians.

In the years following the end of Apartheid there was a population boom as Africans were allowed to move into the city. The population growth was 2.34% between 1996 and 2001. This led to shanty towns forming around which were often demolished. Between 2001 and 2011 the population growth slowed down to 1.08% per year and shanty towns have become less common as the government builds low income housing. Durban has seen substantial urban sprawl and circa 1930 the entire settlement only consisted of central Durban, the Berea and the Bluff. The white population has not increased much since that time but many have left this area and moved to more distant suburbs such as Umhlanga which has become a major centre for companies.

The population of the city of Durban and central suburbs such as Durban North, Durban South and the Berea increased 10.9% between 2001 and 2011 from 536,644 to 595,061. The number of Black Africans increased while the number of people in all the other racial groups decreased. Black Africans increased from 34.9% to 51.1%. Indian or Asians decreased from 27.3% to 24.0%. Whites decreased from 25.5% to 15.3% as their neighbourhoods have been increasingly overrun by crime. Coloureds decreased from 10.26% to 8.59%. A new racial group, Other, was included in the 2011 census at 0.93%.

The city’s demographics indicate that 68% of the population are of working age, and 38% of the people in Durban are under the age of 19 years.

King Shaka International Airport services both domestic and international flights, with regularly scheduled services to Dubai, Istanbul, Doha, Addis Ababa, Mauritius, Harare, Lusaka, Windhoek, Gaborone and Maputo, as well as eight domestic destinations. Air Seychelles will start flying to Durban from 30 March 2017. The airport’s position forms part of the Golden Triangle between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is important for convenient travel and trade between these three major South African cities. The airport opened in May 2010. King Shaka International Airport handled 4.93 million passengers in 2015/2016, up 9 percent from 2014/2015. King Shaka International was constructed at La Mercy, about 36 kilometres (22 mi) north of central Durban. All operations at Durban International Airport have been transferred to King Shaka International as of 1 May 2010, with plans for flights to Singapore, London, Mumbai, Australia, Kigali, Luanda, Lilongwe and Nairobi.

Durban International Airport was used by the South African Defence Force during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and as a secondary airport to handle overflow. The airport serves as a major gateway for travellers to KwaZulu-Natal and the Drakensberg.

Durban has a long tradition as a port city. The Port of Durban, formerly known as the Port of Natal, is one of the few natural harbours between Port Elizabeth and Maputo, and is also located at the beginning of a particular weather phenomenon which can cause extremely violent seas. These two features made Durban an extremely busy port of call for ship repairs when the port was opened in the 1840s. Durban is now the busiest port in South Africa, as well as the third busiest container port in the Southern Hemisphere.

The modern Port of Durban grew around trade from Johannesburg, as the industrial and mining capital of South Africa is not located on any navigable body of water. Thus, products being shipped from Johannesburg outside of South Africa must be loaded onto trucks or railways and transported to Durban. The Port of Maputo was unavailable for use until the early 1990s due to civil war and an embargo against South African products. There is now an intense rivalry between Durban and Maputo for shipping business.

Durban has a very popular cruise industry. MSC Cruises bases the MSC Sinfonia in Durban from November to April every year. Durban is the most popular cruise hub in Southern Africa. Cruise destinations from Durban on the MSC Sinfonia include Mozambique, Mauritius, Réunion, Madagascar and other domestic destinations such as Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Many other ships cruise through Durban every year, including some of the worlds biggest, such as the RMS Queen Mary 2, the biggest ocean liner in the world.

Naval Base Durban on Salisbury Island (now joined to the mainland and part of the Port of Durban), was established as a naval base during the Second World War. It was downgraded in 2002 to a naval station. In 2012 a decision was made to renovate and expand the facilities back up to a full naval base to accommodate the South African Navy’s offshore patrol flotilla. In December 2015 it was redesignated Naval Base Durban.

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Massive Bahamas Hurricane Relief Drive from Stuart, Florida

STUART– Over the week residents of Stuart, Florida and its neighboring cities in, a massive hurricane relief drive, provided nearly 100,000 pounds of items for The Bahamas’ hurricane victims in Grand Bahama and Andros.

On Thursday, October 6th Hurricane Matthew plowed across the northern part of The Bahamas, as a category four storm, packing winds of up to 140 miles per hour. Although Bahamians had heeded warnings and prepared for the force of the storm, while sparing lives, Hurricane Matthew caused major damage and destruction to buildings, homes, electrical and communications infrastructure throughout New Providence, Grand Bahama and Andros Island.

Grand Bahama was one of the hardest hit and, with utility poles down, much of the island continues to be without power. It has been predicted that power may not be restored for weeks.

Against this background the residents of Stuart, Florida rallied to assist The Bahamas and donations have been pouring in. Private pilots have been using their time, fuel and planes to drop off a wide array of relief items from tarp and generators to food, water and basic personal items.

The massive operation out of Stuart Jet Center is the brainchild of Joseph Rieger, the owner of Blue Marlin Cove in Grand Bahama. Mr. Rieger orchestrated the outreach through his many contacts in the area and the owners/operators of the Jet Center, Jeff Cappen and his brothers, donated one of their hangers for the staging of the relief efforts.

On Wednesday Bahamas Minister of Tourism, and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Obie Wilchcombe, released a formal statement expressing gratitude to Mr. Rieger and the people of Stuart for all that they are doing.

 

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“It is with profound gratitude and appreciation, as the Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, that I extend my appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the constituents to Mr. Joe Rieger of Blue Marlin Cove in Bootle Bay,” he said.

“Mr. Rieger has tirelessly led a relief effort to assist the people by coordinating the collection of supplies, transportation and distribution to the community. Because of his efforts, a relief kitchen has been organized in West End. His efforts have also resulted in the preparation and distribution of relief packages. I am most grateful to him and his staff who have diligently, and with integrity, managed the process.”

Patrick Aldrich, one of the lead organizers on the ground at the Jet Center, said that when the project began organizers thought that they would only be sending out a few planes to assist. Mr. Aldrich said he never imagined that the operation would grow to such a large undertaking where planes are flying out throughout the day with supplies and donations are pouring in rapidly.

He said that the efforts began on social media and went viral. “It just got blown up,” he said. “People just kept sharing the information and even the media found out about it.”

Dozens of volunteers are being used to assist in the efforts, from school children to church organizations and others who simply want to just lend a hand. The volunteers include persons from as far north as St. Augustine, which was also hit by Hurricane Matthew last week.

Jeff Capen shared why he was so happy to assist with the relief effort for The Bahamas. “I travel to The Bahamas and vacation there. I have friends there, wanted to help as soon as possible, and I wanted to be sure that the people who were affected by the storm were taken care of,” he said.

The volunteers over the past few days have included students from Treasure Coast High School Junior Air Force ROTC. The students have been helping with the unloading of donations as they arrive, packing items and loading them onto planes for delivery.

Another group of volunteers assisting is from Empowered Masters Commission, a Bible College in Lake Wales, FL.

The operation at the Jet Center in Florida will continue through Friday, when remaining items will be taken down to South Florida to SEACOR Island Lines, where vessels there will ship the supplies to the islands.

SEACOR Island Lines is a shipping company that transports cargo to all of The Bahamas. Mike LaFleur, CEO of the company, said that they are working with private enterprises, foundations and individuals to ship relief cargo to the islands especially Andros and Freeport.

Of the massive operation in Stuart, Florida, he said “we are really hoping to replicate this effort down south.” He added that his company would be assisting in relief efforts as long as needed because it has been operating in The Bahamas for years. “We are a part of the community and we want to help our friends, our colleagues, and the businesses.”

When the relief operations in Stuart end on Friday, donations will continue to be collected at SEACOR Island Lines, 1300 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale tel 954-929-9292.

The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For travel packages, activities and accommodations information, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook Twitter and YouTube
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TRAVEL BEGINS AT HOME

 

 

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Waze

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If you’re looking for a boost from your usual Maps app, Waze may be your next road trip buddy. This community-based navigation tool provides real-time information on traffic and road conditions from other drivers in the area. By using the app, you contribute useful information to other people on the road.

Some especially handy features, on top of the usual voice-guided navigation, include the ability to send your ETA and updates to people you’re meeting, and the ability to view the ETA of friends driving to the same destination. You can also view information on cheap gas prices and local businesses.

Waze gives the option to receive alerts on accidents, police traps, hazards, and road closures. You can actively report such information through the app if you choose.

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Wi-Fi Finder

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Sometimes you can’t use your data and need Internet, but don’t know where to find it. Prepare for lost connections in urban areas with Wi-Fi Finder. You can use the app to find free wireless connections by enabling the WiFi scanner or by searching a directory.

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TripAdvisor

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If you’re vacationing in a new place, check out TripAdvisor to shape your itinerary. Millions of jet setters use the service to rank hotels, restaurants, and attractions in cities around the world on a five-star system. The app provides pricing on accommodations and flights. For those who are leaving the country or who won’t have a data connection, TripAdvisor’s Offline City Guides app provides information on more than 80 destinations that you can download and access without draining mobile data.

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12 iPhone, Android Apps To Ease Holiday Travel

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GasBuddy

Getting stranded without gas is a nightmare. Getting stranded without gas on Christmas Eve, when the entire family is en route to Grandma’s, and it’s snowing … well, that’s much worse. Avoid this scenario with GasBuddy, which helps you search for cheap and convenient gas stations. You can search by fuel type or distance and view results on a map that shows profiles for each station and the amenities they offer. The app can also be updated to reflect the latest gas prices. Use GasBuddy as a guest or create a profile to win discounts on fuel.

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SEA TURTLE RESORT

 

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Our charming six-unit complex features one and two bedroom units that are fully furnished with newly remodeled kitchens, including Central A/C, Large Refrigerators, Microwaves, Cable TV and Beach Accessories. Sofa sleepers in each unit allow pleasant accommodations for additional guests. Guests will enjoy staying at the Sea Turtle Resort in Hollywood Beach, Florida where the beautiful Atlantic Ocean is only steps away…

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12 iPhone, Android Apps To Ease Holiday Travel

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From the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through early January, the holidays are a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles.

We’re not far away from the busiest travel days of the season, and it is time to get ready. Traveling is fun but stressful, and the hectic holiday season adds some extra challenges to the process.

You likely have a weather app to check on the forecast and a few productivity apps to get some work done on the road. But do you have an app to minimize the burden of holiday travel? Whether you’re visiting family a few hours away or vacationing abroad, there are several services to make your travel easier.

The travel app market is booming with services to help you with booking cheap flights, compiling detailed packing lists, finding gas stations mid-road trip, and accessing WiFi in an unfamiliar city. Need a pet sitter for your week away? There’s an app for that.

Choosing the right travel apps can be overwhelming; our smartphones only have so much storage. That’s why we built this list of travel apps to help with different stages of your journey.

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure this holiday season, one or more of these apps will make your trip less stressful. Do you have a favorite travel app you’d add to this list? We’d love to hear more recommendations.

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MCTV’s new tourism show visits Hobe Sound

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Martin County Television (MCTV) recently launched a new series called “Destination Treasure Coast” in partnership with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Each edition of the program features unique places to eat, play and stay on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

In the fourth episode of “Destination Treasure Coast,” we meet the owners of Harry and the Natives restaurant and find out what makes this stop a local favorite. We’ll explore the natural beauty of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Finally, we’ll check in on Hobe Sound’s thriving art scene. Hobe Sound is special place not to be missed!

Destination Treasure Coast airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 A.M., Mondays, Thursdays at 7:00 A.M., Mondays at 12:30 P.M, Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. and Thursdays at 4:30 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. This episode is also available right now on Martin County’s YouTube Channel at the link below:

https://youtu.be/pBCvo8F1Wko.

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Summer Promotion-Help us Commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Sinking of the 1715 Plate Fleet

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Martin County and Treasure Coast — This month is the 300th anniversary of the sinking of the 1715 Treasure Fleet, also called the 1715 Plate Fleet. The 1715 Treasure Fleet was a Spanish treasure fleet returning from the New World to Spain. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba the fleet was lost in a hurricane along the shores of what we now call the Treasure Coast. It is reported that the peak of the hurricane struck at about 2 am on July 31st. The recoveries from the wreckage are legendary and the tale of the fleet is told in Kip Wagner’s novel Pieces of Eight. The 1977 film The Deep and the 2008 film Fool’s Gold were also based on the 1715 wreck. The sites of 6 of the sunken ships have been found, some in only 20 feet of water. The 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC owns the rights to the wreckage and as recently as 2013, gold coins and chains were recovered from sites along the Treasure Coast.

The figures vary but recent documents list the ships’ manifests as having $400 million worth of treasure on board and so far, only $175 million worth of valuables has been found.

During the months of July, August, and September visitors will have the opportunity to take part in your own Treasure Hunt to discover a brass replica Spanish coin or other fun prizes. Contact us at info@discovermartin.com for more information or if you are interested in participating.

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On The Road Again

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By: Ed Campi

Heading to Sweden to introduce my kids to my Mom’s side of the family, in Sweden.
Day 1: NYC to London.

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Dadko Family At Niagra Falls

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OPUS IN CHICAGO

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FLORIDA BY LAND AND WATER

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A new series by: Steve Martine

Last year we followed Steve on is cycling trip across America.

This year we will be able to view each day a new photo from Steve’s collaboration with National Geographic traveling across Florida.

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Vic and Veronica In New York

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Vic and Veronica In New York

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Day 14:

My trip around the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Arrived at 4:30am got to the hotel at 6am.

Started at the Burj Khalifa. The tallest building in the world. The open air observation deck is on the 124 floor, and there is still 54 stories above the deck I was on.

At the base is a a large lagoon with a very powerful water fountain that is synced to music and lights. There is also a giant high end mall.

On a clear day you can see for 95 miles.

There are dozens of additional fancy buildings all over the Dubai skyline.

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Day 13:

my trip around the world. Saigon Vietnam (STILL)

My flight was to depart at 12:30am

to arrive at my next destination at 4:30am, (7 hour flight) After sitting on the runway from 3 hours we were told the flight was cancelled due to mechanical issues. Back in the terminal I was instructed to come back at 9pm the following night. A 24 hour delay. After trying for 3 more hours to get to my destination, (they said I could travel through Cambodia with just and 18 hour layover). I gave in and went to the assigned hotel. (The sign in the lobby stated “No Prostitutes allowed in the rooms)

1 day later I started all over again. This time I made it out. Stay tuned!!

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Day 12 Pt 1:

My trip around the world. Saigon Vietnam. Parts 8-9

Started the afternoon touring a Confucianism & Taoism Temple.

Offerings to the gods include, flowers, fruits, money and live turtles (all conveniently available out on the side walk.)

People burn candles and incense and write notes on little pieces of red paper. Asking for blessings and guidance.

We then attended a Catholic mass celebrated completely in Vietnamese.

I heard very little mention of the Vietnam War. The two places where it is discussed is the former Presidential Palace. (Left as it was in 1975, on the day the North rammed the gates down, and the South surrendered. Saigon was then renamed Ho Chi Mihn City, the locals still call it Saigon) I only took this single picture. The other is the “War Remnants Museum”. Displaying US military equipment left behind. (we Americans on the tour didn’t go in.)

Next stop a Lacquer crafts factory. (He is creating a boating scene wall hanging using broken eggshells.) He makes 10 a day in a 12 hour shift. Expensive in the stores, haggled down to $10 USD on the street.

Bitexco Financial Center, is the tallest building in Saigon. It opened 3 years ago.

There are 4.5 million scooters on the streets of Saigon. It is a total free for all. The adults wear helmets, but kids and babies don’t. Most people wear surgical masks as protection from the heavy smog. All day and night you hear constant scooter horns. The locals carry everything on them. (We saw large plate glass windows, big propane tanks, and a washing machine)

  • OFF TO THE AIRPORT

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Day 12 Pt 2:

My trip around the world. Saigon Vietnam. Parts 8-9

Started the afternoon touring a Confucianism & Taoism Temple.

Offerings to the gods include, flowers, fruits, money and live turtles (all conveniently available out on the side walk.)

People burn candles and incense and write notes on little pieces of red paper. Asking for blessings and guidance.

We then attended a Catholic mass celebrated completely in Vietnamese.

I heard very little mention of the Vietnam War. The two places where it is discussed is the former Presidential Palace. (Left as it was in 1975, on the day the North rammed the gates down, and the South surrendered. Saigon was then renamed Ho Chi Mihn City, the locals still call it Saigon) I only took this single picture. The other is the “War Remnants Museum”. Displaying US military equipment left behind. (we Americans on the tour didn’t go in.)

Next stop a Lacquer crafts factory. (He is creating a boating scene wall hanging using broken eggshells.) He makes 10 a day in a 12 hour shift. Expensive in the stores, haggled down to $10 USD on the street.

Bitexco Financial Center, is the tallest building in Saigon. It opened 3 years ago.

There are 4.5 million scooters on the streets of Saigon. It is a total free for all. The adults wear helmets, but kids and babies don’t. Most people wear surgical masks as protection from the heavy smog. All day and night you hear constant scooter horns. The locals carry everything on them. (We saw large plate glass windows, big propane tanks, and a washing machine)

  • OFF TO THE AIRPORT

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Vic and Veronica In New York

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Niagra Falls

 

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Day 7: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Towers, the haze is smoke from fires burning in Indonesia.
KL Tower, cool revolving restaurant.
Most streets have a mix of traditional right next modern. KL has more large scale construction projects then I have ever seen. They are building everywhere here.

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HELEN KAGAN IN VERMONT

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I just can’t stop… This autumn beauty in VT is so engaging and captivating…I just want to dive into its colors and warmth!
So yammy
Photos by Helen Kagan Healing Arts

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Day 5: Singapore
F1 Grand Prix, watched from a distance.
Singapore Flyer, line too long.
Tiger Fountain, very cool
US Ambassador to Singapore, Kirk Wagar, very down to earth guy.

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Day 3: Hong Kong, China
Very Clean and Respectful
Everyone is on their cell phones
Hot and Humid, 95 Degrees
They live very close together.

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Ildiko & Janet Here We Are In California

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Ildiko & Janet Here We Are In California

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Donna Linton

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On top of the world ‪#‎JacksonHole

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Ildiko & Janet Here We Are In California

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Wine Country

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So Cool At The first Central Park Horse Show

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Desiree Ardito Mufson at Central Park

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Ildiko & Janet Here We Are In California

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Wine Country

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Ildiko & Janet Here We Are In California

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Fisherman’s Warf

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ED CAMPI OFF TO CHINA

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Here is the first of many pictures I will be sharing as I begin a business trip that will take me around the world. Day 1: West Palm, to JFK, to Hong Kong. Stay Tuned!

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Ed Campi Newport Rhode Island

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Thomas Winter With Kristin Allison Winter at

Sloppy Joe’s Key West Florida

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On Our Way to The Boathouse in Whitefish Montana

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Photo by: Kevin Sharkey

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Summer Travel – Gettysburg, PA

Out2martincounty.comPeace and serenity in a place of such a battle you ask? Yes! The events that took place on these rolling hills and farmland lend an atmosphere of respect to the brave soldiers who fought and died here. It is hallowed ground!

The National Park Service has done an admirable job in restoring and maintaining the battleground to it’s original character. The many momuments, weathered by time, pay tribute to the brave men and women who lived through a turbulent time in our nation’s history.

There are many ways to explore Gettysburg. If you are interested in seeing the battlefields you can drive in your car and hire a licensed Battlefield Guide to ride with you. You will listen and ask questions as he explains the many battles and speaks of the soilders and history that make up these three days that changed the course of American history.

If you prefer, you can take an audio recording in the car with you or you can ride in an air conditioned bus, or if you are more adventourous you can explore the 40 miles of battlefield by horseback or bicycle.

There are many cozy Bed & Breakfast’s, Inn’s and motels in the area. My favorite one is the Doubleday Inn which is situated right on the battlefield. The rooms are clean, comfortable and bring you back to a time gone by. They serve a hearty breakfast, and have coffee, tea, and cookies available throughout the day.

The highlight of our stay at the Doubleday was the one evening each week that a Certified Battlefield Guide came to the Inn and spoke to us about the battles, soilders and commanders of both the Union and Confederate Army’s. People would gather around the living room and ask questions as he told many stories of the people who lived in Gettysburg at the time of the conflict and what they had to endure during those three long days. hewould also speak about the many “infamous” ghosts of the area. And there are many. No one staying at the Inn would miss this exciting and informative evening.

My favorite eatery is the Dobbin House which was built in 1776 and served as a place in the underground railroad. Many slaves passed through their doors and went on to freedom. This is an historical site and definately not to be missed. There is a restaurant downstairs called the Springhouse Tavern, and they are well known for their onion soup, and believe me, it is delicious! Upstairs is a restaurant for fine dining and their crab cakes are the best I have ever had!

There are many reanactments during the year. You will see Union and Confederate “soldiers” in battle on the various areas of the battlefield. There are army encampments and you may be “recruited” into the army and will have to become a soldier for a short time. You may see infantry, calvary and artillary units on display and hear the thundering of horses hooves as they ride by. Black billowing smoke may been seen at any time as the cannon roar and flags wave to announce the commencement of a battle.

My husband and I plan to visit Gettysgurg again in August. There is something so very special about this place in our history that continues to draw us back over and over again.

I suggest you see for yourself!

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Summer Travel – Charleston, SC

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The city of Charleston has maintained it’s charm since it’s founding by English Colonists in 1670. Cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriage rides, historic churches and numerous Colonial and Civil War sites all add up to the city’s picturesque atmosphere.

A walk along the “High Battery” waterfront surronded by historic Antebellum mansions, along with a view of Fort Sumter, cause one to pause and capture a sense of our country’s past. Enjoy a stroll through Charleston’s City Market of three open air structures, where entreprenuers offer anything from stone-ground grits to baskets, clothing and housewares of all kinds. These buildings are two centuries old and have withstood fires, tornados and even cannonball fire.

No visit to Charleston would be complete without a “Ghost” walking tour. Visit historic churches, buildings and cemeteries as a trained guide relates the tales of Charleston’s celebrated ethereal past.

The dining scene in Charleston is not to be missed. Many culinary delights and “low country” cooking have led to the many award winning restaurants in the area. One of my favorites is 82 Queen, a restaurant that offers dining in a delightful courtyard setting as well as an inviting indoor ambience. This is where we first discovered shrimp & grits. We were not quite sure if it would be to our liking, so we ordered it as a appetizer. Big mistake! It was wonderful. The shrimp were grilled to perfection and the grits were smooth and creamy. To this day it is one of our favorite dishes!

For accommendations, I would recommend one of the many Bed & Breakfast’s, Inn’s or Bouitque Hotels located within the city giving you easy access to all Charleston has to offer.There are also some fine hotels to choose from.

The surrounding vicinity offers opportunities for beaches, touring Plantations as well as visiting historic sites such as Ft. Sumter and the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier.

The Southern charm & hospitality of Charleston make it a worthwhile vacation destination.

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Blake Capps

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Lindsay Nickerson With Michael Mortell, In Naples Park 

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Tasha Chen

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FEELING TOTALLY MYSTIFIED, awakened, excited, amazed and in complete are of one of my dream trips coming true. The GREAT Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru.

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Brian and Maria Reich In Spain

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JODY BOND

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Mendenhall Glacier rapids…outside Juneau, Alaska…with my family. I’m safely tucked in the middle! What a fun ride!!

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Deb Pfrogner

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Deb Pfrogner added 2 new photos — at Minneapolis Convention Center

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Jamie Chapogas

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On the beach in Italy, living life European style. No tours, no rush, no stress. A sign of a great vacation is going through an entire bottle of sunscreen!

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Greetings From The City By The Bay

Ed Campi With Sarah Ciampi

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

Out2martincounty.comAnd……DONE!!!!!!

(4406 miles – 29 days)

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

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As I sit outside and (hopefully) eat my last gas station meal…. I can proudly say I have ONE HUNDRED MILES left to make it to the finish….. Another six hours and DONE!

OK everyone…Get ready to cheer. Steven is just over 100 miles from the end of a very long bike ride. He has been riding to raise money for cancer research at OHSU. He is doing this in memory of his cousin Daniel Egan. Many of you knew Danny. Now it is also in memory of Danny’s mom, Nancy,who died last month. If anyone can kick in a few coins to help this cause, it is not too late. If you can’t, that’s fine, but do cheer for him!

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

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Trans Am racer Steven Martine pedaling the Blue Ridge Parkway… headed to Yorktown, VA. With more than 4,000 miles behind him, he’s got just a few hundred ahead !!!

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

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WoooooHooooooo!!!

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Silver Moon In the Exumas For 4th of July

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Captian Durk Offringa and Fist mate Andrew Hall both from Martin County

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Maria Miele In San Diego

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A little culture in Gaslamp District….really??!!

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The Schmader’s Mediterranean Cruise

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Today in Saint Tropez

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The Schmader’s Mediterranean Cruise

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Highlights Of Monte Carlo

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Glenn Webber In Colorado

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Glenn Webber In Colorado

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Who knew?? Heaven is actually in Kentucky – and it smells like whiskey!!! Today’s bicycle adventure ended with another whooping by Mother Nature …. But ended with pizza delivery – 158 miles…… Not bad for a Tuesday!

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SoooooooPISSED!!! After dinner my plan was to hit the road and grab another 50+ miles….. But NO!!! My (expensive) light and power generation system failed, stopped working…… Very hard to ride in total darkness! Sooooo PISSED!!! But……(since I’m a glass half full kind of guy) …. I get to camp in the local fire department….. Kind a COOL!!!

Fordsville, ky

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Soooooo honored!! With only two states left, and less than 1000 miles…. Kentucky made me the governor!

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Crossed the mighty Mississippi! Missouri done, three states to go!!!

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Damn it was Chili — with Steven Martine and Paul Vaughn.

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Day 21 and 3000 miles into the race…. Passing through Summersville Missouri to make this picture of an old run-down grocery. Legs feel good, bum doesn’t hurt too bad, gas station cuisine is killing me…. Should finish Missouri by tomorrow. Race On!!

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

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BoooooYaaaaaa!!!

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

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Mile 2640 – Cassoday, Kansas – partyin’ with the Prairie Chickens!!

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The Schmader’s Mediterranean Cruise

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Leaving Rome To Cruise The Mediterranean

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Following the yellow brick road!!!! More than half way through the race – 2,300 done…. 2,000 to go!

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1800 miles into the race ….

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The Schmader’s Mediterranean Cruise

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In Rome, waiting to leave.

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Steven Martine Out West And The Trans-Am Bike Race

Out2martincounty.comDay 11 – have logged a crushing 1575 miles ( remember please – busy work, Florida flat land and a weeeee bit soft in the middle!)
So today I climbed possible the most difficult hill in the race – Togwotee Pass is at 9500 feet…. And to add to the misery… It snowed and snowed and snowed while I slugged my way up the hill…
Once that was finished I rolled an extra 100 to finish day 11 in Lander, WY…. Live to ride another day!!

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So here’s an update…. Crossed the continental divide about 9 pm, then was met with a *(&^^%$@#@ storm of rain and sleet….. Rolled about 17 miles (passed on motorists help – rules violations) and then rolled into East Village at Yellowstone, closest place to get out of the weather. No rooms available, so in true cross-country racing fashion …. I’m crashing out in the lobby of the lodge, eating Cheetos …. Living to race another day!!

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Don’t see this in Florida…..

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Out2martincounty.comWhat a day, 190 miles, 10000+ climbing, 16 hours in the saddle…. Pooped!!

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Day Two of the TransAm bike race is complete …. Cranked out a mere 150 miles, that included a 37 mile, yes THIRTY SEVEN mile, hill climb… Up through the snow zone of McKenzie Pass outside of Sisters, Oregon.
The six hour climb put a hurt on the Florida boy…. But…. I survived and will race another day!!!

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Dipping the rear wheel in the Pacific ocean, pointed my bike east and peddling, Race On!!!

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Stevo takes off!

b.i.k.e./ River City Bicycles, by Cyclisme (WORD-RCB): Marathon Martine makes for America!

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BILL WEXLER ROUTE 66

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Olga Hamilton Photography And Art

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Tomsk is one of the oldest towns in Siberia. Tomsk was established under a decree from Tsar Boris Godunov in 1604 after Toyan, the Tatar duke of Eushta, asked for the Tsar’s protection against Kirghiz bandits. The Tsar sent 200 Cossacks under the command of Vasily Tyrkov and Gavriil Pisemsky to construct a fortress on the bank of the Tom River, overlooking what would become the city of Tomsk. Toyan ceded the land for the fortress to the Tsar. Culturally Tomsk is world famous for its historical wooden architecture. Available for print

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Bob & Maureen Vaillancourt In Charleston, SC

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Steven Martine

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Big reason to pedal faster through Colorado

 

Silver Moon In the Exumas For 4th of July

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Captian Durk Offringa and Andrew Hall both from Martin County

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Cruising with my HotsieTotsies. This is one of those “Where’s Waldo (MaryMay Angelil)” pics. — with Sheila Soto, Elsie Lilly, Shelley Ivers, Janet Norton, Linda Marie Leone-Ricioppo, Benay Hershkowitz, Bobbie Steinberg, Elaine Simms and Susan L. Mazer at Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas.

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