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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 68: 1 December

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysDecember arrives in Aspen, Colorado, which seems suitable. The air is very dry and I wake far too early with a thick abrasive sore throat.

With another fine day dawning there seems little point in moving from this agreeable spot. But I have cut things very fine. I must not miss the California Zephyr this afternoon, nor its connection with the Lake Shore Limited in Chicago, for if I'm anything more than a few hours late in New York at the weekend I shall lose the last vital link in the chain.

But I've one adventure more before leaving the Rockies. It begins, prosaically enough, in the municipal car park at six o'clock in the morning. Two enormous vehicles are being assembled here. One is called The Rat, the other The Unicorn. There isn't much passenger space in either of them, they have no means of independent propulsion and once started they may end up anywhere. They are the one form of transport everyone connects with Around The World In Eighty Days, and yet Jules Verne never mentions them. I'm about to board a hot-air balloon.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 68
  • Date: 1 December
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Aspen - Colorado
  • Book page no: 221

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