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Future Choo Choo Trains At Speeds Of Up To 2,500 MPH


That could mean traveling from NYC to Los Angeles in less than 90 minutes. And if they’ll be able to run across water, NYC to London in the same quick time. Of course, it’s all still in the spec stage for such trackless super trains in the far future.

However, UK’s The Sun reports that engineers at the China Aerospace Science and Tech Corp claim they’ve already started on the plans. Of course, none of the tech beancounters have come up with a simple way to eliminate the two-hour drive through heavy city traffic to get to the train station, followed by another hour of checking in and pre-boarding security body cavity searches.

Tokyo, Japan: New Bullet Train May Soon Break Records PDF Print E-mail


Designing and testing are now happening in Japan, China, USA and other parts of the world. In the not-too-distant future you’ll be able to travel by train from New York City to Los Angeles in one hour, and NYC to London thru an underwater tunnel in two hours! Of course, it could take you three hours in heavy traffic to drive the 20 miles from home to the busy downtown station before you can board your bullet train. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/05/10/bullet-train-fastest-travel-prototype-testing-begins-japan

 
Single Widow: Buscando Un Compañero De Viaje A España PDF Print E-mail


Q: That’s about all the high school Spanish I can remember to make my case. I’d like to spend a week or two in Spain this summer, visiting Madrid, Barcelona and beach towns. I don't feel like traveling alone, but maybe with an escorted tour or fellow single. How do I post online to find compatible travelers for the trip? MLP, Ocean City NJ

A: With the dangers of internet hacking, it may be wise not to post your message, email address nor other ID on an online ad. First, check at a local church, school or senior group for schedules similar to your plans. Of course, sometimes you could hit it right by joining thru a commercial site, but it’s wiser to travel with familiar local people and organizations.

 
Gatlinburg, TN: Scary Suspension Strolling Bridge Opens PDF Print E-mail


Just a few miles from Dollywood amusement park and about 40 miles southeast of Knoxville, the SkyBidge is now open for visitors. Touted as the longest pedestrian suspense bridge in the US, it spans nearly 700 feet, with the Great Smoky Mountains as a dramatic backdrop.

As a feature in the surrounding Skylift Park, the bridge has clear glass panels along the bottom of the walk for brave adventurers to see way down into the chasm. Costs range from 50¢ for a one-time crossing to $2.50 for an all-day pass.

Also available is a chairlift that goes up from Gatlinburg, across the bridge to the mountain top. Rides cost $15 for adults and $12 for kids. Incidentally, how many senior wanderers recall that this is the 50th anniversary of Bridge Over Troubled Water recorded by Simon and Garfunkel?

 
Q: How Can I Be Safe In A Hotel Elevator? PDF Print E-mail


Recently found myself alone late at night in a casino resort elevator on its way down to the lobby. Two drunks entered and proceeded to annoy me. Fortunately, I managed to jump off quickly in the busy lobby. Suggestions? Mary L, Lansdowne PA

A: If you feel threatened physically and/or vocally, hit the elevator emergency call button immediately. Also quickly grab your smartphone and dial 911. If the contact was potentially dangerous, report the incident to hotel security.

If, during a ride up, you feel uneasy about another person in the elevator, wait until he pushes a floor button. Then, after he exits, hit the correct button for your floor.

 
Have You Ever Seen A Two-Headed Biker? PDF Print E-mail


This optical dilusion by your travel4seniors.com editor was the result of pointing my camera’s telephoto lens at the Los Angeles downtown scene from 25 yards away. Maybe they’re HEADing to Dodger Stadium to see a double HEADer.

 
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