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The Bridge

Made in San Francisco | Conquered by Govan

The one-mile-wide (1.6 km) Golden gate strait connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California. It was initially designed by engineer Joseph Strauss in 1917.

In June 2018, two boys from Govan cycled northbound across the bridge. Pondering, 'Well what's all the fecking fuss about?', they promptly cycled back southbound.

Vintage Cars

The Shack Up Inn

Off the I49, just south of Clarksdale (MS) lies a treasure. The Shack Up Inn is a collection of (well) shacks and detrius from other people's lives. The place exudes charm. The colourful, blooming rhododendron manages to make this abandoned car look quite vintage.

Its Chilli

Santa Fe (NM)

Must be the most colourful town in America. Near the Palace of the Governors, just down from what Edinburgh folk would call a 'close', lie a number of small market shops. This Chilli and Trinket treasure trove was typical of Santa Fe, taking the riches that the USA had bestowed upon it, and presenting as Mexican heritage.

I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Photography

Seligman, Arizona

An original Route 66 town, Seligman (AZ) is the kind of place where it is de rigeur to marry your cousin, as well as enslaving any miscreant children. It is charming for all of that.

Plenty of character. Plenty of colour. Plenty of tourist-shops, and plenty of tourists to go with it. Loved the place.