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  • 00:47

    Travel Today with Peter Greenberg--The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI

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    This week, Travel Today with Peter Greenberg comes from the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city with ten miles of incredible lakefront and 111 locally owned downtown restaurants. The city that beer made famous is much more than that, with a great cultural renaissance and one of my all time favorite bookstores. Joining me will be Bobby Tanzilo, Editor of OnMilwaukee, with his favorite off-the-brochure locations and one special underwater secret about the city. Jim Fricke, Curator for the Harley-Davidson Museum on the wild and crazy collection of motorcycles, going back to 1903, with some real surprises. Milwaukee isn’t just about beer, they’re distilling gin, vodka, and even absinthe along the shores of Lake Michigan. Ted Perry FOX 6 Anchor, talks about his days at the University of Wisconsin and how he was once the actual mascot, Bucky Badger, for the football team, and he shares the wild story of how he got fired. Kathleen Ehley, Mayor of Wauwatosa, and a Harley rider, talks about her cross-country motorcycle rides. Also, Historian John Gurda talks about the great and little-known neighborhoods of Milwaukee.  There’s all of this and more as Travel Today with Peter Greenberg comes from the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • 00:19

    Great Loop Radio: Details About Our Spring 2017 Rendezvous

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    Listen to hear details about the 2017 Spring Rendezvous and its new home, New Bern, NC! My guest is Millissa True with New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club.  We'll discuss the marina, the hotel/meeting space, and details of what there is to see and do during your visit to New Bern.

  • 00:18

    World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit-Part IV

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    We arrived at Thorung Phedi just before dark. An 8 hour day with an elevation gain of over 1000 meters. Long, tiring, and risky before a summit of the Thorung La Pass. But I was fine other then feeling the long day on the trail.
    I’m not a huge fan of trekking in the dark. I feel more tired, frustrated, and generally uncomfortable, so sometimes these summit days don’t start out pleasant, but when the first light comes up in the sky my spirits are all of sudden lifted. I feel light, full of energy, and excited to reach our goal, in most cases, the hardest day of the journey. 
    Yes there is a horse on the trek, some choose a horseback ride up to the top of the pass. For most it’s usually a 4-5 hour walk from Thorung Phedi. Some stay at Thorung high camp, just over 300 meters higher, which will slice an hour off your morning summit.
    Whenever you reach the summit of a pass, which inevitably is part of many treks in Nepal, the feeling of accomplishment, relief, elation, is mutual with all of your fellow trekkers. 
    The Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters, is the widest mountain pass in the world.  It’s always a place with dangerously high winds that start as early as 8am, so our time on the pass was limited to less than an hour before we started to descend. Just over a year ago this was the sight of one of the most tragic trekking accidents in the history of the Annapurna Circuit Trail.
    On October 14 2014, a snowstorm struck the Annapurna, Manang, and Mustang Districts of Nepal causing severe avalanches. In the end over 400 people were rescued from the area with at least 43 deaths, which included 21 trekkers. Excerpts from "World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit".

  • 00:21

    World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit-Part III

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    There are two routes to Manang from Pisang. A lower trail that’s a little easier with less climbing and the upper route, slightly more challenging but also helpful for acclimating with bonus mountain views. We chose the route north of the Marsyangdi and headed for Upper Pisang.
    Annapurna 11 is part of the Annapurna chain but is an independent peak. It was first summited by a team made up of British/Indian/and Nepalese nationals in 1960. It is the second highest peak of the range at 7937 meters,  the highest, Annapurna 1, is 8091 meters making it the 10th highest mountain in the world.
    Fantastic views of Lower Pisang  from Upper Pisang, a much more traditional village of the region. Look for lots of opportunity to spread good kharma with the  many prayer wheels at the village’s entrance.
    We saw a few signs of earthquake damage. These traditional village buildings saw the worst devastation in Nepal but this area was not as affected by quake damage as other regions.
    Our trekking for the day would include one stop for lunch at Ghyaru before settling into to the wonderful little traditional Tibetan style village of Gnawal.
    More suspension bridge crossings with amazing views of this drier region of the Annapurna Circuit that some feel is the most scenic.
    Climbing higher now at 3600 meters it’s time to slow the pace down slightly to allow for proper acclimatization. This side of the valley, although a little more challenging to trek will help you get used to the conditions of the higher altitude. Most trekkers will rest two days in Manang before attempting to cross the Thorung La Pass to help with adjusting to the higher elevation.  
    This is the Disyang Valley. Syang is a village in Upper Mustang, Nepal. Disyang means the people who migrated from Upper Mustang to Manang. Excerpts from "World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit-Part III".

  • 00:29

    Great Loop Radio: Cruising the Lower Mississippi

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    Join us as one of our Gold Loopers, Tom Ray, shares details of his most recent boating adventure, a cruise down the Lower Mississippi River. Tom talks about what it's like to be a pleasure craft on this area of the river system that many Loopers avoid. Spoiler Alert: It was an enjoyable trip!  Tom found a lot of typical Looper fears about the Lower Mississippi to be unfounded.

  • 00:18

    World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit-Part II

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    It’s a shame that many drive through this part of the circuit for upper Annapurna trekking and stays missing the epic river and waterfall views in this portion of the trail. The suspension bridge crossings that put you right in the middle of the energy path of the mighty Marshyangdi are breathtaking.
    This is now the third day of trekking and the mornings are feeling a little colder and crisper, so it’s important to get out right after the sun has risen so there’s plenty of time to walk in the warmer temps. 
    In keeping with the original trail, which does take a little longer to walk, we have the opportunity to trek through more little villages for leisurely breaks. Across the valley what looks like a thin ledge carved out of the mountainside is the road that transports people and goods.
    From a distance the jeeps traveling the road almost appear to be literally on the edge of the cliff as they meander along.
    Another epic suspension bridge crossing with sweeping views of the Marshyangdi and surrounding valley. If you’re scared of heights you’ll eventually get used to these crossings-you have too! There’s no other way!
    After reaching Dhranapani, an important crossroads and trekking permit check-in office we agreed to just make this a lunch stop rather than an overnight stay and move a little further up the valley to Danaqyu village where we’d spend the night.
    This an important crossroads where the Manaslu trail meets up with the Annapurna Circuit. The Mansalu area was affected by the earthquakes of 2015 but things have since normalized. The Nepalese army along with help from locals and NGO’s have cleared away the fallen rocks from the trails over the past year.  Excerpts from "World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit-Part II.

  • 00:30

    Great Loop Radio: DIY - Do It Yourself Cruisers Maintenance Tips

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    Are you confident in your maintenance skills? Do it yourself Maintenance aboard your boat can make the difference between cruising or waiting for the repairs to be completed while you are stuck at the dock. Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell of Captain Chris Yacht Services share details about the systems you have aboard your boat and teach you which ones you can maintain yourself. This episode of Great Loop Radio includes:
    Engine Cooling systems Fuel Filtering System Depth Gauge Offset Air Conditioners and Heat Pump Auto Pilot Electronic Compass

  • 00:28

    Great Loop Information--The Future of AGLCA

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    Our guest this week is the new Director of AGLCA, Kim Russo. Kim will share with our listeners some of her own history as well as plans for the future direction of AGLCA. This should be a great show for anyone interested in the organization.

  • 00:31

    Great Loop Radio: Cruising in and around Fort Myers

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    This week's episode will feature Harbor Host Kitty Nicolai and Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswain Carol Irvin telling what to expect while cruising in and around Fort Myers. 

  • 00:16

    World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit-Part I

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    The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the greatest hikes in the world with amazing views of the Himalaya’s Annapurna Massif, the opportunity to trek in two different river valleys of Nepal, the Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki. Experiencing different climates from sub tropical to literally touching the Tibetan Plateau topping it off with an ascent of the highest point of the trek, the Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters. As well  seeing and interacting with the people of several different cultures and villages that dot the valleys.
    Our timing for the trek was perfect starting on the biggest day of the country’s most important festival of the year Dasai, usually falling sometime in October. The festival celebrates the God Durga with the theme of good conquering evil and culminating with almost every family sacrificing an animal, in most cases a goat, as part of the celebration. Rituals and prayers take place before the final sacrifice but we didn’t stick around to watch. 
    Another tradition of the Hindu festival is constructing a swing in the village for children that’s used only during the celebration. 
    Along the path we came across a small herd of lucky goats that appeared to have dashed the sacrifices for this year’s festival. 
    Our first stop was lunch in Bhulbhule, a small village with a population of just over 3000 that sits below views of Mansalu, the 8th highest mountain in the world at 8163 meters. These days many trekkers take a bus all the way to Bhulbhule to make this town their starting point of the Annapurna Circuit. It’s still very warm during the day at 840 meters elevation so we could enjoy the scenery and lunch in short sleeves next to the Marshyangdi River. Excerpts from " World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal's Annapurna Circuit". See the full story at fareastadventuretravel.com

  • 00:29

    Great Loop Radio: Crossing the Gulf Without Drama

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    The topic for this week's Great Loop Radio podcast is "Crossing the Gulf Without Drama".  Listen as Eddy Johnsen provides some of the information from his 90 minute seminar and shares details about his daily Weather WAG. 

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