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Day Three - Zero Stress

Friday, 28 August 2015

Eased into the day and even managed to snap some images of the rising sun. Didn't expend too much energy, just stepped out the door. Spent some time attending to emails and catching up to the latest news from Australia, sounds like the South East of NSW is being inundated by record rainfall.

We've decided to spend up big for lunch today. There's a book in the room featuring local restaurants and we've picked Tony Roma's. It is under a mile away and Google predicts 15 minutes walking.

Found the place and we were surprised at the size of the dining room. My guess is at least seating for 200. The menu is extensive but my focus was on BBQ Ribs. Ordered the "St Louis Ribs Full Slab (12 Bones)" with cole slaw and the 'Loaded Baked Potato'. It arrived on a large oval platter and extra napkins. The meat was tender and the sauce finger-licking good. Made a proper mess of my meal. Meanwhile Jenny ordered a chicken salad with grilled vegetables and cheese coated flat bread. It arrived on a large plate too and was about as big as she could manage. To clean the sticky fingers and face they thoughtfully provide warmed moist towelettes - nice touch. Not that we needed it but we both backed up for deserts. No rush and we waddled out of there just before 2 PM for a leisurely walk back to the room.

The morning clouds have burned off and the sun is quite intense but we found it more bearable than on the day of our arrival. A notable feature of this area is the trees and green edges along the footpaths. In many places the trees completely shade the footpath making the walk more comfortable.

Decided to spend the heat of the day in air-conditioned comfort. Will consider a possible evening stroll.

Once the sun had set we wandered down to the local bank and withdrew some more US cash. I now have a slab of $20 bills that would choke a bull. Pity the ATMs only dispense $20 bills. Consumed most of the fresh produce still in the refrigerator leaving just enough for breakfast in the morning.

Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day with check-out at 11:00 AM and the flight time being 9:00 PM leaving us with 10 hours to fill in. We could leave the luggage in the hotel lobby and wander the streets in the heat for five or six hours, but that isn't an attractive option. We've decided to go out to the airport at 11:00 and spend time in the USO lounge, if they'll have us. No idea what it is like but anything is better than sitting or standing around in the departure lounge waiting to check in our luggage.

To some of you reading this, it may appear that we've wasted our time here in Honolulu but we've been here a number of times before and have visited all of the obvious tourist attractions. The time we've spent just lounging around has recharged our batteries after the frantic three weeks after the move to Canberra. Nothing to do and all day to do it. Heaven !!

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 23:28 Archived in USA Tagged honolulu

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Sounds like you made an excellent plan to de-stress before the fun part of your trip begins. It has to have been non-stop the last few weeks. Hope tomorrow goes smoothly.

by milaniet

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