Geo’s Media Blog (Geo’s Bucket List Adventure) Special Edition for 10/01/2020

As you read this I will be on a flight bound for Burbank California where I will begin a bucket list adventure. Originally I planned on doing this in September but because of the Coronavirus, I moved it a month.Initially, I intended to take the train across Canada but the Coronavirus not only killed that plan but it even shut down the Canadian passenger trains until November.
Hey, why would I want to travel across Canada in November, I was born there, I know what goes on in November?

However, by pushing the trip into October it made it even better because it’ll be “Birthday Time” for my daughter Candis and I.(pictured above)
I’m staying at the Burbank Marriott so we’ll be having a birthday dinner together at their restaurant called the “Daily Grille.”
The last time Candis and I dined there my grandson Nathaniel (pictured with me above) was minus one day old. (Candis gave birth to him the next day)
The next morning I’ll pick up the rental car and head out to Sunland to pick Nathaniel up for a guy day.
Nathaniel wants to tour LA, but I rather doubt he’ll want to visit the places the Beach Boys were singing about when I was his age that got thinking about living in California someday.
Come Sunday morning, my 4000-mile adventure begins as I board the train, find my room, and then settle in as we make our way to San Jose. (see my route in red below)
Once I arrive in San Jose, I’ll be spending a few days with my good friends Jim and Barbara Hilliard before moving onto Portland. (pictured above)
While hanging out with Jim and Barb, there is no doubt that Jim will bring up, “The day I f**ked him,” as he does every time I talk to him.
He’ll be referring to Aug 03, 1981, which was when I left Fairbanks in Indy and moved to San Diego to start my own company.
Barbara, on the other hand, will probably point out once more that my choice of women over the years has been less than formable, and perhaps it was time for me to settle down with an age-appropriate lady. (I’m sure glad she didn’t meet ’em all)
After spending a couple of days with Jim and Barb, once again I’ll climb aboard the train and after finding my room, I’ll probably have a toddy or two of Canadian Club before bedding down for my overnight ride to Portland. (see my accommodations above and my route in red below)

 

By the time I get to Portland, hopefully, the Coronavirus will have faded so I can dine with some old friends.
I’ll be reuniting with John Erickson and the legendary Craig Walker who are both from my K103 days. (pictured below)

 

 

 

 

 

Craig, John, and I will probably reminisce about why it took a whole year to get Craig over to K103.. By the time he finally joined us, the folks were so hungry to hear him again that the day he hit the airways with his trusty news guy, John Erickson, they were #1. (For the whole story, click on the links at the bottom of the page.)

Late the next afternoon, once again I board Amtrak for what I’m sure will be a magnificent ride through the mountains of Washington and Montana where I’ll get to see all the leaves changing. (see photo on top of the page and red route below)
Hey, and when we get out of the mountains where we hugged the Canadian Border and into the plains of North Dakota, I’ll raise my glass of Canadian Club as we roll just a little south of my hometown, Transcona Manitoba.
Oh, and we’ll also be passing through some towns in North Dakota and Minnesota where I used to play when I was with The Jury.
I arrive in Chicago around 4 pm and even though my train to Syracuse doesn’t depart until 9:30, I ain’t going nowhere, I’m staying safe and sound at the station.
Yes, it’s true, I did once own a radio station there for about 15 minutes but Chicago just ain’t my kind of town and I’d recommend that the folks think ling and hard about defunding the police department because I’m not sure how they’re gonna defend themselves when the rioting and looting start up again. Anyway, when I arrive in Syracuse (see the train route in red below), my snowbird buddy from West Palm Beach, Bob Thomas, will be picking me up and taking me to his home in Northern Pennsylvania where I’ll spend a few days with him and his wife, Josie. (pictured above)
I’ll also get to reunite with some of the others who visit or like Bob and Josie, spend their winters in West Palm. I’m kinda thinkin’ that there’s gonna be some serious drinkin’ going on.
When the drinking’s done, Big Bob will drive me to Philly, where I’ll board the train for an overnight ride to Jacksonville. (see the route in red below)
Once in Jacksonville, I’ll spend a couple of days at the home of the Executive Vice President of CSX Railway, Jamie Boychuk, his beautiful wife Lindsay, and their gaggle of precious daughters. (see a photo of Jamie and Lindsay, and me with the girls below)

Oh, and why you ask would a big honcho allow a scoundrel like me in his home? Well, Jamie like me is also from Transcona and he just happens to be my nephew. Oh, I almost forgot, we may even head over to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa for a couple of nights of gambling.
Come Sunday morning; I’ll board the train for the final leg of my bucket list adventure as I head home to West Palm Beach (see map below) and plan next years adventure which I think will be a train ride across Canada.

Geo’s Media Blog. (The birth of K103 Part I )

Geo’s Media Blog. (K103 Part II, Craig Walker)

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