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The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 24, 2017, 12:32:37 AM »
Either make it into the zone or don't bother.

100% THIS^^^^

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:05:59 PM »
Based on the comments on this thread we loaded up and drove to St. Matthews, SC which was in the middle of totality. They were having a small festival and we joined in. It was about a 4.25 hour drive down which wasn't too bad. Could have been a bit shorter if people were driving as normal.

I saw all the effects either before C2 or after C3 so that was cool. We left about 10 min after C3 started. The traffic home was a nightmare and took over 6 hours. When we left it was mapping in at 3.75 hours and traffic just got worse and worse.

I think for April 2024 we'll make a better plan. Maybe stay the day before and the day after.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:55:59 PM »
I found a Google map with expected traffic in certain areas. Our plan is a backroad path to a small town situated very close to the center of totality. I just have a difficult time believing the route I chose will back up with traffic until I get almost to the edge of the total eclipse area and it all works out we would be there a few hours early.

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:40:49 PM »
Google the cideries in NC, there are several and all are pretty good.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:35:45 PM »
I believe we have a state of emergency already declared in 8 Western NC counties.

After the comments here I am contemplating heading to SC to some of the lesser developed areas. The only problem is without traffic that is a 3-4 hour trek and I have to head to Asheville the next day which is another 4 hour drive.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:37:58 PM »
I'm staying local. I think we are getting 97% where we are and that is good enough for me. I did order the eclipse glasses which should arrive later this week.

Western NC is expecting a ridiculous amount of traffic next week and hotel rooms are booked solid. What is interesting is I booked a hotel starting on Tuesday at the beginning of the year for a work related trip. No issues at all then.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 11, 2017, 10:31:06 PM »
When we went to Ireland no CC covered the insurance. If you damage the car, and you will, they can charge your CC up to the value of the car without the insurance. I recently received a notification from one of my cards they now cover rental in Ireland. I figured the walk away insurance was a better deal than having my CC charged for the damage.

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:34:03 PM »
Wines at Biltmore suck.

There are several good Triad (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point) area breweries. Let me know if you want a few to hit.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:32:21 PM »
Be sure your CC covers car insurance or buy it. If you don't scratch up the car I would be surprised. I just about wore out the wheel covers on one side. We also hit an animal while there which ran out in front of me. I had walk away insurance so no worries and no added charges.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 10, 2017, 10:25:52 AM »
Not sure about the airport. When we came out from retrieving our luggage I don't recall any businesses. The airport staff was very friendly as was everyone in Ireland so they would always be glad to point you in the right direction.

Tesco (think of it as similar to WalMart) is all over and will sell the SIM. It was not as seamless as I had hoped and took some phone setting changes to make it work, but that could have been my thrown away Android phone.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:56:10 AM »
At the time we went I don't believe Verizon had a $10 per day plan. I would research if certain areas of the country have cell service since certain areas can be quite remote. I used the Garmin because I did not have a phone at the time capable of working in Ireland other than our throw away. It was such an inexpensive Android phone it did not perform well.

The Garmin was interesting because it was displaying in mph and so I did the km/hr conversion on the fly.

Ireland is awesome, I want to go back right now!!!!!!!!

Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:52:53 AM »
Raleigh/Durham Area (in no particular order)
Big Boss
Lynwood Brewing Concern
Trophy Brewing
Clouds Brewing (taproom is downtown)
Crank Arm
Compass Rose
Oak & Dagger
Bond Brothers
Durty Bull

Sweeten Creek (fantabulous sandwiches)
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Oscar Blues
Green Man (go to Dirty Jacks)
One World
Twin Leaf
French Broad
Ginger's Revenge

Olde Mecklenburg
Sugar Creek
Three Spirits
Triple C
Blue Blaze

There are many, many more including cideries to visit. All of the above are breweries or brewpubs. There are all kinds of tap rooms and restaurants. Asheville has a sake brewery (Ben's Tune Up) which also brews beer.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:15:15 PM »
Pulled two steaks directly from the freezer and seasoned. Ran them at 125F for almost 4 hours and then seared for about a minute per side. They were perfect.

The Pub / Re: Shrubs
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:37:53 PM »
At one time I thought about trying my hand at Kombucha and was just about to buy a scoby when I realized I like it, but not on a daily basis. My favorite is from Buchi out of NC and it is called Fire.

The Pub / Shrubs
« on: July 26, 2017, 05:37:27 PM »
My wife has been on a shrub kick lately and has tried to get me on board. She bought a ginger shrub anticipating I would mix it with Bourbon, but vinegar and Bourbon just do not mix. If you are not familiar with shrubs they are basically a fruit and vinegar infusion. What I have found is they make a fantastic vinaigrette, but in a drink I don't find them very tasty. Anyone else have any experience with shrubs?

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