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Accessing all the Vancouver Bridges

Update notes: finished adding all the bridges, added a link to photos. I will try to format everything to be a bit nicer and/or make a copy at another location that allows for easienicer formatting.
As requested by raleighspritely in the other bridges thread, this post is intended to help generally newer riders figure out specifically how to get onto each bridge in each direction, where all most of the exit options go and any other weirdnesses each bridge may have.
I'll assume you know roughly where you are and roughly how to get to each bridge. Some are easy to find the entrances for (Burrard), some are weird (Cambie, southbound) and some have entrances a long way from where the cars access (Golden Ears) so if they're super weird I'll try and give you more specifics.
Photos from the day showing most of the bridges: (missing: 2nd Narrows, KSB, Canada Line, Arthur Liang)
And now to talking about crossing bridges!
Granville - follow the instructions for Burrard or Cambie
If you insist on using the GSB (don't) SB access is easiest via Howe St and NB access at 5th & Granville
Easiest to get onto IMO as the access is right at the ends of the bridge
Going southbound on Cambie is super weird to get to unless you're already on Nelson St
Lion's Gate
North Bound:
South Bound:
Second Narrows/IronworkersThis is one of the weirdest/awkwardest, particularly at the north end
North Bound:
South Bound
Access is here basically across from Phibbs. Many ways to get to it, but you've gotta get to that spot to go south.
Exiting: takes you down through the trees, watch for the pair of switchbacks. You'll end up at the bottom of Skeena St.
Arthur Laing
I regard this as an "experts only" type bridge that I wouldn't recommend to anyone not comfortable with riding in fairly close proximity to cars. There's no separated lane and just a narrow shoulder. That said, I don't feel unsafe on this bridge for some reason, but that might just be from riding it a bunch and being used to riding next to cars. Anyways, onto how to get on/off:
Southbound: access is via the car ramp at where Marine & Granville all come together in a 6 lane clusterfuck that was meant to be the highway through Vancouver. Normally I access coming off NW Marine, onto the clusterfuck, pick up speed down the hill and (with a lot of shoulder checking) get across the right most lane onto the ramp. Go up the ramp and stick to the right.
Exiting: things get dicey/exciting. You'll be crossing roads at speed so be shoulder checking.
North Bound: you can either access off the paths off Airport Rd here or by riding north along Russ Baker Way and basically sticking right and following the signs to Vancouver.
Exiting: again a bit dicey with some potential lane crossing
Pitt River
This is one of the nicest crossings. All the recently built (or updated) bridges are really, really nice once you're on the deck (Pitt River, Port Mann, Golden Ears + Ironworkers post update).
The cycle/pedestrian lane is on the north side of the span and is nice and wide. Access on the west end requires crossing Belfast Ave/Fremont Connector that loops under the bridge. Since access is all for the one side crossing my instructions are written for West->East travel but basically just do them in reverse for East->West.
Coming from NW (Trabouley Poco Trail/Deboville Slough), you do a couple zigzags and hairpins and crossing Belfast St but you can see your target the whole time so this bridge is honestly one of the easiest to get onto.
Coming from the SW, you go under the bridge parallel to the Fremont Connector then see the access to your left. If you were to keep going on the path instead you'd eventually end up at Deboville Slough.
East end of the bridge drops you in Pitt Meadows. As you exit (eastbound) you can immediately do 180deg turn left to get onto the trails. Another left at the river to go south, north and you can make your way out to Pitt Lake on the trails. To access the trail parallel to, and on the south side of, Lougheed Highway take the left at the river then left again at Ferryslip Rd.
If you go straight Old Dewdney Trunk Rd is a pretty nice ride towards Maple Ridge.
Golden Ears
Alright, this one is possibly the most difficult unless you know exactly where to go, partly because they're a long way along the bridge from where cars access. The Southbound Access is at 113B & Airport Way (Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows). The northbound access is at 100A Ave & 201St (Langley)
Access is at 100A Ave & 201St. You go up the multilevel round ramp. Your exit will basically be the aforementioned 113B roundabout, you can go straight through it to get onto Maple Meadows Way towards the mall, right will change into 203St as it turns north or go left and west towards the airport.
Canada Line Bridge
This one is on the side of the Canada Line bridge section between Marine & Cambie Station & Bridgeport Station.
North connection is on Kent Ave S @ Cambie. However you have to go east from Kent Ave N & Cambie to turn south to get onto Kent Ave S and access the ramp. If you're coming down Cambie, hang a right on Kent Ave N.
South Connection is at River Road and Van Horne Way.
If you're going North then east, my recommendation is take Cambie north, then cut east at 59th. Kent Ave N between Cambie and Ontario sucks butt and cars are frequently impatient assholes on that section (it's also rough, needs a repave and has a lot of rail tracks).
If you're going north then west you can go west on Kent Ave N and then right on Heather before climbing a bit and taking the westbound route of your choice.
If you're just going north then Cambie, Ontario & Heather are all pretty good choices with Ontario & Heather being quieter. I can't remember how all of Heather's crossings are since I haven't ridden it past 59th in years.
If you're going South, you can go:
Formatting is becoming a pain because this is getting long. Sorry!
Port Mann
This one is like the Pitt River Bridge in that the pedestrian/bike path is only on the north/east side of the bridge deck.
West access is where the Port Mann passes over United Boulevard and where Unite intersects the Mary Hill Bypass offramps. If you're coming off the bridge you can go south/west on United and eventually work your way over towards Braid Station. If you go east on the Mary Hill Bypass you can connect to the Traboulay PoCo trail, Argue St and work your way up to the Pitt River bridge. There's also a mess of trails in and around Colony Farm but you're on your own for that :)
East access is a ways up a pretty decent hill at 152st/112Ave by Dogwood Campgrounds. If you're going north/west, the signage is good. Just don't take the overpass over the highway. How you get to 152/112...up to you. It's a big grid!
Alex Fraser
Ok, this one is another bit of a mess in terms of access. I don't think this one is technically unidirectional like the others, but I recommend riding the same way as cars are travelling and this guide will be based on that. Careful on the deck, there's a bunch of spots where you have to dodge the bases of signs and other spots where the path just shifts left/right.
You've made it over the Queensborough or come in from Richmond. You've made it onto the Annacis Channel bridge and are approaching Annacis island. You'll see a bus-stop on an island, you want to get there (if not busy, drop the curb & cut across, otherwise there's a crosswalk to use), take the crosswalk that goes parallel to the bus-only section of intersection, onto the sidewalk on the far-far side and then left and you'll see the path onto the bridge. You'll get dropped off with the choice of left or right. Left takes you towards HWY17, River Rd which are the two options for getting to the ferry (take River, it's quieter and only marginally slower). Right will take you under the bridge, and after you go past Planet Ice you can go left towards River Rd east, right-then-right to get onto Nordel north/east or just right for the Delta-South Surrey Greenway.
If you're trying to get to South Surrey, go as if you're going up Nordel, get over the overpass, then take the trail that cuts back to the right. This is the North Delta Greenway and is superior to the DSS Greenway in basically every way including being WAY smoother (I ride it on my carbon road bike on 25mm tires).
North Bound:
Starting from Planet Ice, take the path up onto the bridge, ride across, question why you're out here and didn't just take the Massey Shuttle to get home faster...
At the north end of the bridge, you'll end up next to the Annacis exit ramp. At the end of it, you want to take the small crosswalk onto the island with the bus stop, across Cliveden ave onto the island on the far side, then across another little crosswalk onto the path and hang a left. Stick to this path, you'll go back over the Annacis Channel and find yourself at a zig-zagging ramp. At the bottom of that you have the options of:hard right: path through to Hamilton Highway Park where you can take an overpass towards River Rd
left then right: onto Boundary Rd then Dyke rd, you can use this to get over towards Westminster Highway via Fraserwood Way.
left then left (generally recommended): take Boundary Rd north. At Boundary & Boyd you can go right to the Queensborough or left onto Westminster Hwy which you can use to get all the way to Richmond or to connect to River Rd
because New West is at a 45deg angle I'll be using "up/down and top/bottom" for this bridge because it's effectively a hill. Top is 22nd St station end, bottom is Queensborough Landing.
The top connection is just below 22nd St Station. If you're coming from 22nd St station just take the bridge down, it'll drop you on Boyd St. Left takes you to QB Landing. Right takes you to...not a lot. It's narrow, you'll probably have to slow down a bunch as you pass people.
If you're coming from Market Crossing area or New West (both via Marine Dr) I recommend taking the "up" side of the bridge down because it has about 1% of the traffic the "down" side does.
To get to it, the access is the ramp on the "cars up" side of the bridge. Otherwise, you can use the ramp on the "cars down" side to connect to the "down" side.
Either way as you're going down, watch for the hairpins at the bottom!
If you're going up and heading to downtown New West take the "up" side. Head east along Marine/Stewardson. You can eventually head right down a side street to get to S&O because that's why you're in New West right? If not, you're at S&O now. Best way to get through to the rest of downtown is via the Quay.
If you're going up and heading to anywhere else take the "down" side and go all the way to 22nd St Station. Right and past the station connects to 7th Ave across New West. Left you can use to get onto both Marine Dr or Marine Way to go west to Market Crossing, Big Bend, Glenlyon, River District. Straight turns into the BC Parkway and travels under the skytrain past Edmonds, Royal Oak, Metrotown stations.
Knight St
Recommendation: if you can, keep going west and take the Canada Line Bridge. This bridge was NOT intended for cyclists at all as you're about to learn and this section may get a little rant-y.
Southbound (I haven't gone SB on this bridge in a long time)
Access is via the onramp at Inverness & Marine. If crossing SB on Inverness watch for cars not understanding how stoplights work and driving into the intersection.
Take the on-ramp, hop onto the sidewalk.
First exit is Mitchell Island, get across the island. Get back onto the sidewalk.
Second exit is Bridgeport and provided you take that off-ramp you'll end on a sidewalk on Bridgeport pointed west. First intersection will be Sweden Way, turn left for IKEA, right takes you up to Vulcan Way which can be used to connect to River, No5 & No6 Rds.
Opinion: the KSB needs a cycling infrastructure update more than the GSB. The GSB is bad, but at least Cambie and Burrard are basically adjacent.
Oak St Bridge
Disclaimer: I have ridden across this bridge exactly once, only north bound on the southbound side. I will provide links to where I think the access to the NB path is, but I can't guarantee it.
This accesses I used for this bridge are near enough to the Canada Line Bridge so I would recommend just using that. Also the access Oak St Bridge are all off bigger roads so just awkward to get to.
The north end of the SB path is a crosswalk between 71st Ave & 72nd Ave on Oak St. ('22.1%22N+123%C2%B007'49.4%22W/@49.2061485,-123.1325803,765m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.2061446!4d-123.1303973 )
The south end of the SB path is at the southeast end of the Shanghai Wonderful restaurant parking lot.'30.5%22N+123%C2%B007'10.7%22W/@49.1918179,-123.1201938,191m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.1918174!4d-123.1196477
I *think* the south end of the NB path is here:'25.0%22N+123%C2%B006'55.9%22W/@49.1902744,-123.1163805,382m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.1902728!4d-123.1155145
I don't know how to get there.
I think the north end of the NB path is effectively the intersection of SW Marine @ Shaughnessy St.'17.7%22N+123%C2%B007'45.5%22W/@49.2047843,-123.1293076,104m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.2049204!4d-123.1293171
Once you're on the bridge it's just ride along until you're at the other end. The surface is weird concrete sections that have all gone a bit convex so it's a weird kinda bumpy ride.
rest to be continued later including: Pitt River, Golden Ears, Port Mann, Alex Fraser, Queensborough, Knight St, Canada Line, Oak St and Arthur Laing. If you need to go between New West and Surrey I recommend just taking the Skytrain.
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Christmas day activities - 2019 edition

Christmas Day 2019
This is an update from last year's list which is an update of some list from a year or two ago.
Outdoor Activities
If the weather is good (check forecast[1]), here's some outdoor activities:
[1] Weather forecasts by Metservice and Weather Watch.
Indoor Activities:
Event searches
Public Transport
Auckland Transport's Public Transport holiday timetables from 23 December 2019 - 12 January 2020. Waiheke ferry timetable (pdf).
Food and Drink
Go to the supermarket on Christmas Eve to stock up on food and essentials. No supermarket and most businesses will be closed on Christmas Day. Christmas Day is one of very few mandatory public holidays in NZ, even the casino is closed 24 hours. Only places allowed to remain open are petrol stations, some fast food places and restaurants.
Hospitality businesses (restaurants, cafes etc) are able to charge a public holiday surcharge if they open on public holidays. If they do so they have to state clearly (ie sign at the door, or counter or menu). This public holidays are 25 and 26 December 2018, and 1 and 2 January 2019. FYI 26 December is also known as Boxing day in NZ.
Alcohol cannot be served unless with a meal[2]. So if something that looks like a pub is open, it is highly likely they are open to serve meals and you can order an alcoholic drink with your meal.
Restaurants that are open tend to be fast food places like McDs, KFC, restaurants that are part of hotels, a few ethnic restaurants and maybe a handful of others.
[2] That particular law applies only to Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day as well as before 1pm on Anzac Day. Legislation: Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Despite the date of the act, the law has been around for some time. 2010 news article about it. Sale and supply on Anzac Day morning, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day restricted: on-licences.
Without any particular order:
Other essential info
Alcohol and smoking in public areas
Please note that there's usually an alcohol ban in many public areas like bus stops, parks, reserves etc. This means you are banned from consuming alcohol publicly unless you are in a licenced establishment (ie restaurant). Alcohol bans are either for an event, for extended periods or permanent. For more information about alcohol ban in Auckland.
Auckland Smokefree policy has a list of places where smoking is not permitted. This isn't limited to indoor areas only. It also includes parks, playgrounds, bus stops.
With NY celebrations coming up I won't be surprised if there's both alcohol and fire bans in popular beach areas and parks too.
Fire Season
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is updating the fire seasons for Auckland. From Monday 2 December it will declare a restricted season across greater Auckland and a prohibited fire season across all the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. A prohibited season means a total fire ban, with any current fire permits for the area suspended from the date the prohibited season starts. A restricted fire season means any open-air fires will need a permit.
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What are some cool free things to do in Hamilton?

I’m looking for some stuff in Hamilton to explore that’s either really cheap or free. I checked out Uli’s stairs the other day and am looking for other stuff along those lines.
Also open to suggestions for stuff like gameopolis which is really fun and only $5
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Auckland Christmas Day activities

Below is a list I posted as reply to a tourist's query in /newzealand. I am posting this list here in case there are visitors or new Aucklanders. I realise most of us know about this.
Please be nice and kind to all.
Outdoor Activities
If the weather is good (unfortunately not according to forecast[1]), here's some outdoor activities:
[1] Weather forecasts by Metservice and Weather Watch.
Indoor Activities:
Public Transport
Public transport will be on a Sunday timetable in Auckland. Bus, train and ferry Christmas holiday timetables. From 24 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, most public transport services will be operating to a Christmas/New Year holiday timetable.
Food and Drink
Go to the supermarket today (Christmas Eve) to stock up on food and essentials. No supermarket and most businesses will be closed on Christmas Day. Christmas Day is one of very few mandatory public holidays in NZ, even the casino is closed 24 hours. Only places allowed to remain open are petrol stations and restaurants.
Hospitality businesses (restaurants, cafes etc) are able to charge a public holiday surcharge if they open on public holidays. If they do so they have to state clearly (ie sign at the door, or counter or menu). This public holidays are 25 and 26 December 2018, and 1 and 2 January 2019. FYI 26 December is also known as Boxing day in NZ.
Alcohol cannot be served unless with a meal. So if something that looks like a pub is open, it is highly likely they are open to serve meals and you can order an alcoholic drink with your meal.
Restaurants open tend to be fast food places like McDs, KFC, restaurants that are part of hotels, a few ethnic restaurants and maybe a handful of others.
Some of the top restaurants shut down from either today or Monday for a few weeks, unless they are part of a hotel or one of the few known to offer a christmas day meal.
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Moderate difficulty hike accessible by GO train or bus?

I have Friday off and I'd like to get out of the city on the cheap. Does anyone have suggestions for a moderate difficulty hiking trail I can get to by GO?
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Casino bus to Niagara Falls

Hey guys, so a while ago I asked you on how to get to Niagara falls from Hamilton and someone suggested the casino bus, I just booked them because its one straight bus but the lady on the phone was very persistent on us staying in the Casino and spending atleast half of our time there. Is there a way they actually track it or is it just something they say? Also can any one share their experience with the Casino buses. Thank you so much
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[Tournament Report] (Standard and Draft) A Hitchhikers Guide to 10th at Australian Nationals

Disclaimer: there’s going to be a lot of storytelling and fluff in this match report. If you’re after something more serious, that's also here too! I’ve written other match reports on other forums with a similar style, which I’ve linked to here and here.
I hope I didn't poop any reddit formatting.
Enjoy my awful writing!
Part 1 - The Prologue
There it was. The patter of feet turned into an echoing applause of hooves quickly getting closer and closer. Before I knew it, I was knocked to the ground. My last sights a rearing, victorious green horse as it trampled me underfoot.
Thursday. July 19. A cold sweat covered my body as I checked the clock. The bright light of my phone burned 05:55 into my corneas. My hands get to work feverishly to write up my midnight epiphany.
I spend the evening later that day putting cardboard and clothes into my bag, not bringing the spare parts to build anything else. This was it. Grixis was my Alamo.
Fast-forward the drive over the next day, where we all met at Strathfield for the ride over. Mostly an uneventful drive if you discount almost running out of petrol ten minutes outside of Canberra. We settled into our hotel and after some moderate play testing against Mono-Red Keld, I swapped over my basics by request to Unhinged, then cracked open my bottle of Fat Lamb dreading what was coming tomorrow.
I couldn’t sleep much.
Saturday had arrived. Shower. Brief daypack inventory. Breakfast at some fancy cafe across the road. An awkward round 0 of forgetting to bring dice, paper and a playmat, scrambling to write a decklist followed by an awkward anthem and we’re off.
Here’s what we registered: 2 Swamp 1 Island 1 Mountain 4 Aether Hub 4 Canyon Slough 4 Fetid Pools 4 Dragonskull Summit 3 Drowned Catacombs 3 Sulfur Falls (26)
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner 3 Champion of Wits 3 Whirler Virtutoso 3 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager 3 The Scarab God 1 Torrential Gearhulk (17)
3 Magma Spray 3 Abrade 3 Essence Scatter 2 Harnessed Lightning 1 Supreme Will 4 Vraska’s Contempt 1 Liliana, Death’s Majesty (17)
Sideboard: 3 Duress 2 Chandra’s Defeat 2 Arguel’s Bloodfast 2 Negate 1 Jace’s Defeat 1 Sweltering Suns’ 1 Glimmer of Genius 1 Yahenni’s Expertise 1 The Eldest Reborn 1 Torrential Gearhulk
I decided on Sulfur Falls over Spirebluff as untapped lands during turns 4, 5 and 6 are just as important as 1, 2, and 3. 3 Essence Scatter was an inclusion I didn’t see in most decks before the tournament, but they were amazing. In future I’d probably play two, and a second Supreme Will as the deck is a little thirsty on card selection or the fourth Champion of Wits.
Part 2 - This Is How Nationals Dies, With Thunderous Applause
Round 1 - Simon Linabury on RB Aggro (Top 8) A Canberra local and an all around nice dude that I’ve seen around a lot. I won the dieroll but shuddered as I saw t1 Bomat on the other side. I had no real response for the curve out as I had kept a pretty crappy hand for the matchup (Siphoner x 2, if i recall correctly) and saw myself die quicky as the Bomat was followed by a creature two drop and it was lights out once Unlicensed hit on my Virtuoso. Not much to do.
Sideboarding: +2 Chandra’s Defeat +2 Arguel’s Bloodfast +1 Sweltering Suns’ +1 Yahenni’s Expertise +1 Torrential Gearhulk -4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner -3 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager
Glint-Sleeve obviously lines up extremely poorly against Chainwhirler, while I’ve found that Nicol Bolas getting slapped by a Chandra wasn’t exactly the line of play I was after. Further to that, the amount of times in test games that I saw RB players discard a Scrounger dissuaded me entirely from Bolas in the deck post board.
Game 2, I got an Arguel’s down and the draw managed to let me turn the corner with some threats. Game 3 involved another early Arguel’s, and a t4 Chandra from the opponent, but I manage to stick a Scarab God that weathers an Unlicensed and he scoops it up as Scarab start picking up permanents in the graveyard after successfully holding up Vraska’s Contempt to clear a threat. I wished him luck for the next round and slowly packed my stuff and went across the room to my team. Wins across the board (and a points bye, sack) mostly. Nice.
2-1 1-0
After the usual bad beats talk that happens between rounds, I flick through my phone’s browser for pairings, and head straight for the table.
Round 2 - Jesse Stewart on RB Aggro (30th) One lost die roll later and suddenly we’re off with a seven. Bomat Courier again reminds me that the red decks draw way more cards than I do, and if I recall correctly, we trade cards back and forth, and I try to flip a Bolas on an empty board while on 5. He plays Hazoret for the maximum punish.
Sideboarding: Same as Round 1
I keep a seven and we start taking tonnes of damage on board, followed by a Chandra. I try to stem the bleeding with two Whirler Virtuosos, but they don’t do enough as I extend the hand.
0-2 (2-3) 1-1
Bottle of water count hits one. I Taylor Swift it off and go to the next round.
Round 3 - David Huang on Mono-Red Keld (Top 8) Phones in the modern era tend to deliver a ton of unwanted news, and this is no exception. Having a teamkill in round 3 of a 12 round tournament sucks, especially when you’re both down a match and looking to stay afloat. Since we spent a decent amount of time yesterday playing the matchup, I safely keep a removal dense hand and take over the game accordingly after he bricks on his draws from Flame of Keld.
Sideboard: +2 Chandra’s Defeat +2 Arguel’s Bloodfast +1 Negate +1 Sweltering Suns +1 Yahenni’s Expertise -4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner -3 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager
I knew he was gonna have a lot of Chandras that clap Nicol Bolas post board, and overall while Nicol Bolas was decent to stabilize on T4, I found that spending my T4 deleting their T4 was a more efficient trade in tempo. Game 2 involves me getting buried under the red tide, with me flailing about with my Negate catching a Chandra - but outside of that it was mostly drowning.
Sideboarding (Game 3): -1 Torrential Gearhulk +1 Negate
I thought the second Negate would be excellent on the play in order to smother his card draw sources, and it worked out in a back and forth game where I dipped down to four to flip my Arguel’s, and Liliana came down to give me a stream of 2 life a turn to get me across the line. Negate caught a Flame of Keld at a critical juncture where it would have let him completely decimate my life total. I aptly bad mannered him, took a photo of the match slip and headed up to the judges table before applying more rub ins.
2-1 (4-4) 2-1
Everyone else at this point had caught up to 2-1, with David being the exception. Good shit. I grabbed a second bottle of water (now, down $6) and chilled out with the team before heading off to next round.
Round 4 - James Chen on Mono-Red Keld Another round, another Sydney snipe which always sucks considering the aim is to see Sydney players do well, but time to bash. I win the die roll and get to work. Game 1 looks like it followed the formula: kill stuff early, play a Scarab God when you can, then take over the game from there.
Sideboarding: See Games 2+3, Round 3 - second Negate included.
Game 2 involves a Chandra, but for all intents and purposes my life total doesn’t dip below 10 after several turns, and I turn the corner quite quickly. In hindsight, I dunno why I was particularly concerned about the matchup, it feels a lot better than UB simply due to Whirler Virtuoso. I go off for my third bottle of water (for those keeping up at home, that’s $9 AUD down now on water) and first bathroom trip, and go spend the hour long lunch break talking about Standard rounds, and having David accidentally order food to our hotel room as opposed to the venue. Good shit.
2-0 (6-4) 3-1
Part 3 - You Underestimate My Power
Link to Deck Picture
We pick 1, pack 1’d the foil Pelakka Wurm, and put the blinders on and saw Green the whole rest of the draft. The Luminous Bonds were passed to me pack 1 quite late in the draft, so I had to believe White was open. I had to deathstare the person looking at their previous picks before the review period despite the two warnings from judges not to do that. It was definitely a train wreck, but I think we did pretty well considering the trainwreck we were getting passed into. Psychic Symbionte (why the weird spelling Wizards?) was an incredibly greedy splash and I never cast it, with it either getting stranded before I drew a blue source, or pitched to Macabre Waltz. It would have been fine if I nabbed the second Meandering River probably? We nabbed the Murder in pack 3 and never looked back.
Round 5 - Dean Williams on RW Smorc I was pretty afraid of any RW deck going into Round 5 - my deck has some decent game with Plague Mare to sweep away some tokens, but overall I think the battle was to survive to cast a Wurm to stabilize.
The games didn’t go as planned - he was playing a removal light, dude dense version of RW and outside of a Sigiled Sword of Valeron I felt pretty comfortable throughout the match. Game 1 I suited up a Vine Mare with Knightly Valor and went to town, he Cleansing Nova’d it away and I stared at the Rise from the Grave in hand which made a fresh Zombie Horse on our next turn. That was very much the beginning of the end.
In the second game, Viashino Pyromancer drew first blood, but between its triggered ability and attacking twice it was the only thing that managed to draw blood as I took down my opponent's life total in chunks. Once again, Vine Mare appeared - but it was working for me, so it was nightmare fuel for someone else for a change.
2-0 (8-4) 4-1
Round 6 - Michael Milton on GW Smorc 4-1 is pretty far ahead of where I thought I’d be day 1. Realities came tumbling down as my opponent ends game 1 on 21, while we end up dead.
Game 2, my back’s on the wall and he manages to push for 6 damage before Pelakka Wurm takes over the game - not much else to say.
The third game is a back and forth affair where he takes me down to 3 early, and ends up with a Star-Crowned Stag and a Pegasus Courser with his life on 7. My board at this point (I believe) is a Giant Spider from the board, a Zombie token and a Skeleton Archer; land in hand. I start attacking with the Skeleton Archer because the only way I win here is if he screws up. He throws the Courser under the bus. This happens again the next turn as he plays a second Courser. After a bit of draw go I eventually hit the wurmyboi and stabilize.
I asked him about it after the game, and he was playing around Titanic Growth (which is fair - but I disagree with the mindset that comes with that decision.) I had to get a little lucky to sneak past here. Deep sigh of relief as I move off to my mates who proceed to either show me dust or diamonds in terms of draft decks.
2-1 (10-5) 5-1
Round 7 - ??? on Temur (if you’re reading this buddy, sorry I forgot your name - it doesn’t show up on pwp!)
By the looks of the scorepad, Game 1 was quite a tight race on both sides but he ended up scraping through with the UG uncommon flying over my board.
Second game was a pretty slow affair where my first life total change was the wurmyboi, only to have it be Switcharoo’d for an Omenspeaker, followed by the UG uncommon making it a flying wurmyboi. Needless to say I packed it up real quick. 5-2 aint too bad for day 1!
0-2 (10-7) 5-2
The team had mixed results as we headed back - a 6-1, two 5-2s, two 4-3s and lets not ask about the last one, but needless to say we headed off into the Canberra night. Two hours later we finally ended up with food from Happy’s, it was decent Chinese but not exactly worth a two hour wait, but the Canadian Club we dragged back to the hotel was - and with free practice of GP Hockenheim starting up we managed to drink our way to bed in preparation for the next day.
Part 4 - I have the high ground, I guess? Bright and sunny start to day 2. I’m a liar. It was -4 celcius when I woke up. It was bloody cold. I spent the first hour of my day goldfishing one of the two Tron decks we had ready to run head first into the PPTQ, asking myself regularly “why don’t I play this shit more often” and my favourite question to ask when goldfishing “how do I lose?”. Same swanky cafe for breakfast, baked eggs hit the spot on such a frigid day before we headed back out to the venue for the second draft.
Link to draft deck 2:
This one felt nuts. I picked a Lich’s Caress pick 1 pack 1 over a Lathiss (controversial, I know), then proceeded to take all the good black stuff and green stuff that came past. The Thorn Lieutenant came to me in pack 3 alongside the Prodigious Growth, just to show how wide open green was. The Druid of Horns package was a little loose, but the plan was to board it out whenever it was bad for 2 Ghastbark Twins and a Titanic Growth. Needless to say, I was hoping to run into every token based deck possible…
Round 8 - Lyndon Maher on RW splash B This match went by quickly. Game 1 I swept away 4 2/2s worth of knights with a double Plague Mare turn and that quickly closed out the game. Second game, we kept in the Oakenform/Druid package and we quickly found ourselves on the back foot as we took a big swing for 12 early. That was the only damage we took the whole game was we quickly took over on the board after we weathered the storm.
2-0 (12-7) 6-2
A quick scope around with the team still playing the main event and everyone was still live. Good shit.
Round 9 - Grant Boyanton on Mono Red I was getting pretty nervous at this point, but I also had some extremely high expectations for the deck so I got back into the zone. Now $18 AUD down on water, we went on to our next round. The first game involved went quickly into a creature bogfest, with our opponent pooping out tonnes of 1/1s and Plague Mare does the damage He smashed early with a hasted Inferno Hellion that knocked me down to 6, but I managed to stabilize and the Lich’s Caress puts us out of reach of burn spells (Guttersnipe DansGame) as we clean up the game. Oakenhorn stayed in for the next game as it did wonders in clogging the board game 1.
Viashino Pyromancer once again draws first blood, but our opponent only knocks us to 10 while we take down his lifetotals in increments of 8. Plague Mare might end up being the waifu.
2-0 (14-7) 7-2
Round 10 - Ryan Cubit on BW Lifegain (15th) For some reason, they decided to put the lunch break between rounds 2 and 3 of the draft. That one might be my only tournament complaint as I wanted to ride my momentum into the last round of draft. I saw Ryan was in my pod and quite early I identified him as the real threat of the draft - I’d hoped someone else would snipe him down to the 1-1 bracket, but there he was (at the time, he was the Australian Pro Point leader, now he’s tied for first again). Well shit.
Honestly, the first two games were a bit of a blur back and forth, so I can’t really write on them with much context as the third game took a whole lot of my memory. Game 3 was a back and forth grindfest, where I had almost ran out of cards in my library and I managed to sneak in the last points of damage necessary despite missing a Poison-Tip Archer trigger. He showed me the rest of his library and it was a plethora of 5 drop threats and removal and I had to be really lucky to get out of that match unscathed (he drew all 17 lands!). The sideboard plan finally kicked in alongside a Plummet and a Daggerback Basilisk. Everything had to come together just right and it did.
No pressure kid. Just need to win one Standard round, what could possibly go wrong?
2-1 (16-8) 8-2
Round 11 - Ben Yulli on RB Aggro (Top 4) I wished him luck and quipped:
“Blue sleeves, Flooded Strand promo playmat, must be a ruse for a red deck right?” 
A shaky 6 greeted me and before I knew it, a Bomat Courier had snuck in for the first points.
“Nailed it.” 
I then proceeded to stall out, while he was playing Ahn-Crop Crasher which proceeded to ruin my life as I tried (with little effect) to block everything with Whirler Virtuoso. Needless to say, I couldn’t stop the bleeding fast enough.
Sideboarding: +2 Chandra’s Defeat +2 Arguel’s Bloodfast +1 Glimmer of Genius +1 Sweltering Suns +1 Yahenni’s Expertise -4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner -3 Nicol Bolas, the Ravager
I had figured in the other games at this point that the second Gearhulk was good, but Ahn-Crop made me very averse to that kind of plan (look, in hindsight I imagine the second Gearhulk woulda done work, but I was just running through my logic here). I don’t mind Glimmer in this kind of matchup as it lets you do something on turns where the plan is to hold up Vraska’s Contempt. Alongside the equity you get during those Vraska’s Contempt turns, Glimmer adds some much needed card advantage after cutting the Siphoners. If he wasn’t playing Ahn-Crop, I’d say this plan was great.
Ahh, game 2, how I wish I didn’t have to relive you. The first seven was landless, the second six was all lands, and the five did about as best as it could to keep me alive.
It wasn’t enough. I signed the match slip and sighed myself out of there. At the moment I needed it most, the luck had run out.
0-2 (16-10) 8-3
I moved slowly towards the team to find out that the other two boys still live in the main event are still live or locked for top 8. Absolutely needed to hear that news to raise my spirits about the next round. It felt so unimportant to play the next round, but I was told there was a chance I could slip in as my breakers were insane.
Only one way to find out.
Round 12 - Keiren Macdonald on the Mirror (28th) Once again, I didn’t really record this game properly but I felt in control for most of both the games. In match 1, my life total never changed while I had every correct answer to hit all his threats on time while he was land screwed, and by the time he had recovered my advantage in cards took the wheel from there. All three Champion of Wits saw their way out of my graveyard, and usually that does the damage.
Sideboarding: +2 Arguel's Bloodfast +1 Negate +1 Jace’s Defeat +1 The Eldest Reborn +1 Sploosh Hulk -3 Abrade -2 Harnessed Lightning -1 Supreme Will
Game 2 felt a lot like game 1, I always had the answer cause I’m a sack and after a long slog through some Vraska’s Contempts I finally stuck a Scarab God. He extended the hand before I started activating it.
2-0 (18-10) 9-3
After walking over to hand in my match slip, I ran quickly over to the ‘feature match tables’ to see one of my team mates bashing another Sydney player to see who makes it into top 8. On the other table, David (my round 3 opponent, team mate and all around sack) had snuck his way into the top 8 despite the 1-2 start. It was extremely awkward having to root for my boi Benaya over another Sydney player, but once he won we all were ecstatic. Two people in my room in the top 8 was what they’d call a deece plus weekend despite my choke on top 8. I stood patiently for the top 8 announcement with very little hope to make it and that feeling was validated. Was locked out from the start of the round, oh well.
The team settled in to watch their top 8 matches before heading out to the casino to celebrate with a really good 9 course meal from Natural Nine - definitely recommend for those who head out there, followed by losing my Flooded Strand promo during the credit-card game. Whoops. Just to add insult to injury, Lewis Hamilton just had to win GP Hockenheim to increase the salt count in the room.
Epilogue - Is this really podracing? The weekend was a blast. I’m out of good words. The return to Nationals as a tournament was an excellent decision by Wizards as it wholeheartedly managed to unify regions of Australia under banners. I walked away very proud of Sydney’s performance.
Grixis is great. I’m extremely glad I only saw horses either: In my draft decks and On the ride over.
Avoid drafting white, that shit sucks and is overdrafted alongside red.
Big thanks to my team for the overall support and for their own damn excellent performance. None of us could have done it on our own so thank you to you guys. Shoutout to you the reader for actually making it this far through 12 rounds of ramble.
I stream occasionally on - check it out if you want to see me flail around haplessly on Affinity (or my original love, Modern Elves) some time.
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Subreddit Stats: cincinnati top posts from 2018-09-04 to 2019-09-04 00:00 PDT

Period: 364.40 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 43174
Rate (per day) 2.74 118.10
Unique Redditors 645 6120
Combined Score 213175 277191

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 6381 points, 22 submissions: snixon67
    1. Can't deny this (774 points, 49 comments)
    2. I tried to report all the potholes on Montana this morning (542 points, 37 comments)
    3. 100% Accurate (530 points, 137 comments)
    4. Got my toys out and played I-75 this morning (502 points, 29 comments)
    5. Forget the bread and milk (385 points, 53 comments)
    6. When conquering Cincinnati (374 points, 32 comments)
    7. Ok Gold Star, now you've gone too far. (334 points, 72 comments)
    8. Go home, Fox19. You're drunk. (326 points, 19 comments)
    9. So... I was at Shawnee Lookout at the boat ramp today (318 points, 20 comments)
    10. Meanwhile, in Sayler Park... (313 points, 18 comments)
  2. 3046 points, 21 submissions: TomasOTR
    1. Vine Street OTR 2009 - 2019. [Photo Credit to Travis Estell] (445 points, 96 comments)
    2. BREAKING: Skystar Ferris Wheel and Hamilton County creating plan for ferris wheel to become 10 year permanent fixture (250 points, 116 comments)
    3. New Food Truck Park will open next week in the East End. Permenant location for food trucks similar to that in Austin Tx, will feature an outdoor bar and other amenties in the coming months! (230 points, 54 comments)
    4. News Publication rates Findley Market as top 10 Food Market in all the World. (205 points, 54 comments)
    5. Local 12 New (Sinclair) caught Lying about Street Car - Motorcycle Accident. New photos reveal that Local 12 manipulated photos and story to create Click Bait - Street Car blame (197 points, 175 comments)
    6. Hard Rock is purchasing Jacks Casino in Cincinnati....Small tidbit about future developements regarding Hard Rock Hotel and Hard Rock Cafe in Cincy (185 points, 58 comments)
    7. Babushka Perogies opens carry out window on Friday at 1200 Main St OTR 7pm-2:30 AM. (Former The Royal spot, next to Rose Dale.) Will feature traditional perogies, Cincy chilli perogies and Pizza stuffed perogies. (157 points, 32 comments)
    8. 18 year old Black teen is facing 60 years in prison and "ethnic intimidation" charges for trying to target and murder White People driving in Kennedy Heights neighborhood. (138 points, 70 comments)
    9. Female Sycamore Highschool Teacher indicted on sexual criminal charges for inappropriate sexual relationship with female student. (126 points, 91 comments)
    10. OTR Newest Neighborhood Bar, “The Cobblestone” located 1132 Race St has a feature where the bars lights up Blue when he street car is 6 minutes away from the stop. (126 points, 20 comments)
  3. 2895 points, 11 submissions: One_Day_Dead
    1. Sad lack of cuteness from our own zoo on here! (409 points, 29 comments)
    2. Zoo’s giraffe calf is all of us this morning. (389 points, 1 comment)
    3. Is this pretty accurate for seasons here? (354 points, 31 comments)
    4. Ohio raises legal smoking age to 21 (344 points, 224 comments)
    5. Waiting for Winter to finally arrive here by now? (313 points, 51 comments)
    6. Found on Imgur, Cincy Zoo Baby Ocelot (306 points, 16 comments)
    7. NKY chickenpox ruling: Unvaccinated student’s request to go back to school denied (253 points, 64 comments)
    8. Gov. Dewine declares ‘state of emergency’ for area roadways (175 points, 70 comments)
    9. Governor DeWine proposes increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes in Ohio to 21 (168 points, 72 comments)
    10. Ohio House votes to block local bans, fees on plastic bags (109 points, 83 comments)
  4. 2691 points, 6 submissions: ESchurr
    1. The most surreal sunrise I’ve ever seen in the Cincinnati area [OC] (1401 points, 60 comments)
    2. Roebling closure at night [OC] (477 points, 16 comments)
    3. Roebling looking gorgeous bathed in a sunset [OC] (282 points, 4 comments)
    4. I see your Mt. Adams shot and “raise” you a dreamy sunset take on it! (223 points, 11 comments)
    5. Beautiful sunset after some tumultuous weather today [OC] (210 points, 12 comments)
    6. Snowy Roebling from this weekend [OC] (98 points, 7 comments)
  5. 2481 points, 8 submissions: shaynartker
    1. MadTree Brewing getting in on #TrashTag here in Oakley. (681 points, 50 comments)
    2. An older photo of mine that I took right after a storm rolled through Cincinnati making it look like Gotham. (481 points, 18 comments)
    3. I took a photo of the sky star wheel. (376 points, 15 comments)
    4. Photo of tonight's storm rolling in. (329 points, 13 comments)
    5. The Roebling. (229 points, 12 comments)
    6. Took a photo of the smoke plume from the scrap yard fire this morning. (205 points, 20 comments)
    7. Shooting in Oakley around 20 minutes ago. (113 points, 178 comments)
    8. Attempt at a different view of the Cincinnati skyline. This time at sunrise. (67 points, 8 comments)
  6. 2041 points, 8 submissions: hazzyi
    1. Cincinnati Library 1874-1955 (446 points, 37 comments)
    2. Roebling Bridge (365 points, 13 comments)
    3. Solar eclipse, 1906 (343 points, 14 comments)
    4. Old photo of Taft Theatre (229 points, 16 comments)
    5. Loveland Castle, from the other side of the river (222 points, 19 comments)
    6. Mount Adams Incline; photo 1905, torn down 1948 (165 points, 2 comments)
    7. Findlay Market 1921 (148 points, 13 comments)
    8. Christian Moerlein bottle I was gifted, made by Port Dundas Pottery Company in Glasgow, Scotland. Dated 1880-90’s (123 points, 12 comments)
  7. 1900 points, 13 submissions: NumNumLobster
    1. in the last 2 days uc, osu, and uk all won a bowl game and marvin lewis finally got shit canned. can we take a moment to appreciate a rare good few days for sports fans? (309 points, 62 comments)
    2. city hall will take your nike stuff and give it to kids if you dont want it anymore (302 points, 126 comments)
    3. Hamilton Co. public defender arrested for hooking up with hooker. His bond was 0. Hers was 350k. (206 points, 68 comments)
    4. Hamilton schools follows up on their randomly searching cars and students policy by doubling down and declaring all vaping devices will be considered used for drugs resulting in pee tests and suspensions/expulsions (153 points, 64 comments)
    5. CPD has accidentally misplaced all the documentation used in the audit showing corruption and overtime abuse (138 points, 44 comments)
    6. Cincinnati officer helps replace homeless couple’s violin damaged in landslide (128 points, 28 comments)
    7. Former Republican county commissioner blasts Chabot as he endorses Democrat Pureval (114 points, 60 comments)
    8. merry christmas /Cincinnati! (113 points, 7 comments)
    9. 'He just charged at me’: Woman stabbed waiting for bus after Taste of Cincinnati (108 points, 57 comments)
    10. Local cheer mom is upset her 7 year old was asked to sell raffle tickets for an assault rifle. Wonders what if a high school kid used it to shoot up the school (91 points, 116 comments)
  8. 1859 points, 9 submissions: tymax2u
    1. John Roebling Bridge Foggy Morning [OC] (444 points, 19 comments)
    2. Sunrise On The Ohio River Looking East From The Anderson Ferry [OC] (327 points, 10 comments)
    3. Orange Sunrise On the Ohio River - Anderson Ferry [OC] (324 points, 14 comments)
    4. Suspension Bridge and Covington Kentucky From The Public Landing [OC] (185 points, 9 comments)
    5. Lonely Cruise On the Anderson Ferry [OC] (136 points, 21 comments)
    6. Powel Crosley Walkway | Autumn Rowe Woods [OC] (135 points, 16 comments)
    7. Bean - SAAP Rescued Dog First Home (120 points, 7 comments)
    8. Boone 7 Pilot House Anderson Ferry Sunrise [OC] (102 points, 4 comments)
    9. Powel Crosley Lake Full Autumn Color - Rowe Woods [OC] (86 points, 7 comments)
  9. 1611 points, 8 submissions: ohsodave
    1. This one of the many reasons I believe Cincinnati is the center of the universe. (445 points, 27 comments)
    2. Guilty (342 points, 25 comments)
    3. Dixie Terminal (193 points, 23 comments)
    4. Member when? I member!! (161 points, 130 comments)
    5. Iggy Pop. Crosley Field. Cincinnati. 1970 (153 points, 12 comments)
    6. Outside the Lackman, OTR (144 points, 26 comments)
    7. Tire eating pothole on eastbound 562 (Norwood lateral) right at 75. (92 points, 11 comments)
    8. Old school cool, Cincy style, as seen at Shake It Records. (81 points, 9 comments)
  10. 1496 points, 11 submissions: Eng0524
    1. Cincinnati Set To Increase Age To Buy Tobacco Products from 18 to 21 (351 points, 294 comments)
    2. There has been a 30% Reduction in Shooting Victims in City of Cincinnati Over the Last 4 Years (231 points, 78 comments)
    3. Streetcar will be Free to Anyone with Same-day Reds Ticket (157 points, 111 comments)
    4. City tells 3CDC to quit removing CityBeat’s boxes and return boxes removed (140 points, 24 comments)
    5. OTR in 2018: 46 new businesses opened adding 350 jobs (106 points, 19 comments)
    6. Images of Cincinnati's New Music Venue at The Banks (103 points, 69 comments)
    7. PNC Tower to be rehabbed into 262 apartments; will contain 10% affordable housing (99 points, 71 comments)
    8. Deaconess Hospital to be Demolished for $300 Million Development in Clifton (97 points, 40 comments)
    9. Drivers tried to run over OTR pedestrians, injured one (76 points, 13 comments)
    10. City Again Trying to Stop Liberty Street Improvements (68 points, 28 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. CaptNemo131 (4022 points, 204 comments)
  2. PEbeling (3866 points, 393 comments)
  3. theryman (3326 points, 232 comments)
  4. flyingwolf (2898 points, 469 comments)
  5. NumNumLobster (2485 points, 331 comments)
  6. ClassicTraffic (2444 points, 228 comments)
  7. p4NDemik (1543 points, 142 comments)
  8. SilentRansom (1376 points, 74 comments)
  9. robotzor (1353 points, 281 comments)
  10. Seanatronic (1287 points, 196 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. The most surreal sunrise I’ve ever seen in the Cincinnati area [OC] by ESchurr (1401 points, 60 comments)
  2. The Motherchip by mm-your-elbows-ashy (1040 points, 72 comments)
  3. Kroger bags by Ephwan (902 points, 69 comments)
  4. Intersections of Cincinnati by ptgorman (896 points, 90 comments)
  5. Can't deny this by snixon67 (774 points, 49 comments)
  6. Just saw this on all from insanepeoplefacebook. by DINC44 (726 points, 99 comments)
  7. MadTree Brewing getting in on #TrashTag here in Oakley. by shaynartker (681 points, 50 comments)
  8. Cincinnati this week by Kokalan (681 points, 18 comments)
  9. Pretty much Cincinnati. by Overberg- (680 points, 192 comments)
  10. Currently in Cincinnati by TruOverlookProds (664 points, 79 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 298 points: blender311's comment in “Very unhealthy air quality” can someone explain this?
  2. 297 points: flyingwolf's comment in The Enquirer's editorial page today
  3. 282 points: hsman69's comment in Okay, Cleveland.
  4. 276 points: tom_streeter's comment in Ohio shooting: State Rep. blames shootings on 'drag queen advocates' and open borders
  5. 275 points: turfthrow's comment in Terry's Turf Club owner to employee, "keep your legs open"
  6. 252 points: The_Brobeans's comment in Just got back from our vacation in Cincy
  7. 246 points: Ironhamm's comment in Covington Catholic " Colonels " students mob and mock Native Elder singing in DC. Must be proud.
  8. 237 points: Hoveringkiller's comment in In 2002, Hamilton County held a failed referendum to build a light rail system on the scale of San Francisco or Philadelphia, partially using the old subway tunnels. I drew a map of the proposal.
  9. 233 points: GooberBandini1138's comment in Covington Catholic " Colonels " students mob and mock Native Elder singing in DC. Must be proud.
  10. 229 points: lifethruthelense's comment in To the amazing server at rookwood first watch
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Coach/ Bus services to Niagara Falls

Hi! I'm new to Hamilton and am not very sure of the transport here yet.. Are there any coach/ bus services to the Niagara Falls from McMaster University or places near the uni? I would like to visit the falls over the weekend :)
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Australia - Travel and Trip Guide

Australia - Travel and Itinerary Wiki

Backstory - I'm a US expat and travel hacker living in Sydney with my wife. We've been here for 6 months and seen a lot of the same questions about the area get posted almost daily. I'll do my best to concisely run through a number of topics here, whether it be about getting here or what to do, in the hopes this makes future questions a little more tactical.


Update 1 - Added booking windows and intra-region travel info.

Getting Here


Great deals to be had lately in economy. Prices have consistently dropped $800 or so from mainland USA on full service carriers. These sales are pretty frequent. If you have Chase Sapphire Reserve card a $800 cash ticket is just over 53,000 Ultimate Rewards points with FULL points earn on the ticket itself. That's a great deal if you don't care about sitting up front. Business class is significantly more expensive. This is one of the most sought after premium class routes on the planet and with that prices tend to stay high and award availability low.

From the East Coast of the US

I highly recommend AA to DFW and Qantas DFW-SYD. The route is served by a comfortable A380 (good economy, dated 2-2-2 J though) and loads are typically intentionally kept low heading East to maximize cargo capacity. That means you can realistically expect a empty middle seat if you plan well. On the eastbound side it's still possible but less likely. Also, if you fly on low days you may score an upgrade for $1,000 - $1,200 USD per person, per way, via Qantas' bid for upgrade program. Really the major benefit here is connections going further into the US - minimizing travel time on either side of that long leg is incredibly more valuable and comfortable.

From the West Coast of the US

Any carrier works here, chose based on your preference. Every domestic carrier serves the route (UA/AA/DL) and most are newer aircraft (sans Delta's aging 777s). You can also find good deals via Fiji as well as via Auckland on Air New Zealand. I personally don't like breaking up the trip any more than necessary so I don't like those options.


Oh boy, this is a good one. Generally the rule of thumb is simply this, PLAN AHEAD IF YOU WANT TO FLY UP FRONT! The only exception to this is Virgin Australia who sometimes releases J space < 2 weeks of travel. That's absolutely rolling the dice though. Economy wise you can typically find space on at least one carrier so that's less of a topic, and as above, with cash prices being so low it can often be less worthwhile to book the award itself. Up front you really have a few options.  
US Carriers  
Carrier Booking Window Comments
United 338 Good J hard product, meh soft product. Awards open up here and there but typically it's very limited to last minute redemption. Price-wise, they're not the cheapest, but not the most expensive.
AA 331 probably the best hard produce from the group. Same meh soft product (they're US carriers after all). Pricing is also okay, but availability is next to none.
Delta 331 bad products, hard and soft. The seats are old, the service is older. Price is highest BUT you will often find saver-level seats on Virgin Australia (a partner) < 2 weeks out.
  Australian Carriers  
Carrier Booking Window Comments
Qantas 353 meh J product (2-2-2). Good/Great F. Service is also good, very polished. Availability in spurts, but okay price via AA.
Virgin Australia 330 best seat (the Business) and I'm a sucker for a bird with a bar. Conversely, terrible availability unless you're looking within 2 weeks or right at the window.
  Asian Carriers (generally better availability)  
Carrier Booking Window Comments
Korean 360? my personal favorite. Great airline, great US service, and a transfer partner of Chase. And most importantly, they tend to be quite generous with their availability.
Cathay 360 old favorite in the points world. Not the cheapest option but if you have the points then you'll often find availability through HKG when you book at the window. Great seat, classic service, and AMAZING lounges in HKG.
JAL 330 like ANA, in light of recently US carrier devaluations these guys have become a viable option through Tokyo. Some recommend their 777 SkySuite as the best J product out there.
SQ 355 Suites are always a favorite but lately it's pretty impossible to not pull your hair out before actually confirming that route. J availability tends to show up here and there. Recently devauled though so use tool to find best option based on points available.
ANA 356 mentioned in JAL topic, just a solid all around option if you have the points.
  Award Tools Look, I know a lot of carriers were mentioned above and you're probably going well, that's all great, but how do I ultimately choose one given the fact that I have a trip 1+ year out and a few options? That's where the below sites come in handy. They will tell decipher award charts and help you distill down the airlines that you can realistically fly given the points that you have.

Once In The Region

Intra-Region Travel


Rule of thumb, if you have 5+ days in the region than I suggest going outside of Sydney. It's a cool city, but there is SO much more to see. Scroll down for details, but while in Sydney here are a few suggestions:
Places to Stay


Are you outdoorsy?
Do you like food/drinks?
Extreme activities?

Example Itinerary

Assumes 10 days down under.
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Is there a direct bus/coach/transit to Niagara Falls from Waterloo?

Seriously, google says driving only takes 1.5 hours. But I literally can't find any kind of transit that takes under 4 hours. What gives?
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Weekly News & Events in SA: 28 October

Hey fellows,
Ragin! Just wrote this whole thing up and Reddit had logged me out. Let's try again! Some happenings around town, a bit more festival news and council shenanigans.
Airport 30 year plan: this was the biggest news this week I'd say, as far as Adelaide goes on the world stage - already put up a link earlier in the week but if you haven't seen the changes, check it out.
Sinead O'Conner and others added to Womad lineup
Five Adelaide Writer's Week Authors to read
Penniless painter to sponsor grandkids' college educations
Brain becomes more plastic after 30 minutes exercises
Couple of Casino food stories - Chilli challenge is happening now if you're keen on that. There's a new wood oven pizza joint if you like that thing too.
Little Miss Miami is turning in to the crab shack which should be fun.
And a review of 127 Days, a burger joint in Croydon.
InDaily's the Forager: Think I might have updated last week's with this already, but it's a good source of food news anyway. New Fino etc.
Lord Mayor poster war breaks out
Hamilton 'breached Local Govt Act'
Water policy wars overflow - The Advertiser released Paul Kerin's resignation letter which kicked this thing off - I'd link that story but my AdelaideNow views are up for the day and the other methods ain't working. Have a peek, it's fairly interesting stuff.
The body of an elderly man was found washed up at Carrickalinga Beach - that's on the Tiser too.
The MusicSA Gig Guide for all your local band needs.
The Rip It Up Gig Guide for your viewing pleasure.
Weekend Notes has a breakdown of almost every little thing happening in town - a great resource if you're looking for something to do.
Every Saturday & Sunday from 9-3.30: Flinder's Street Market
October - Fashion icons
October 31 - Reclaim the Night: A march for women.
October 31 - Sit Down and Shut Up: A film festival put together by people with learning-disabilities - 41 films are going to be shown at Angaston.
November 1 - Semafest at Semaphore
November 1 - 2 Gawler Jazz Festival
November 2 - 9am-12am Last chance to see inside Glenside Z Ward: The last open day they'll be holding there. I might take along the 4x5 camera and take some creepy pics. UPDATE: due to overwhelming interest they're holding another tour on another date.
November 7 / 8 - Hilltop Hoods. If you're keen you'll want to get tickets soon. Playing at the show grounds, and the next night at the old Mount Gambier Jail.
November 8 - Bus to Big Trees, a Pozible event of light, art and live music in Kuitpo Forest at night. I believe this has sold out but there might be other ways up there.
November 9 - Fork on the Road
Adelaide Fringe Program Released.
Adelaide Festival Program was released as well
As usual, thanks for reading everyone. Thanks also to my regular helpers who come with links. If I've missed anything or you have another story or event you want added, let me know.
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Coach/bus tours leaving Hamilton?

Hi everyone!
I'm looking for suggestions on coach/bus tours leaving from the Hamilton and surrounding area (would be willing to depart from as far away as Toronto). Ideally, it would be an overnight vacation (4-6 days) leaving sometime Mid-June to end of July. I had booked a trip booked to Wisconsin but, unfortunately, it has just been cancelled. I'm very disappointed.
Myself and my companion do not drive and do not wish to fly somewhere. Any suggestions (even just companies that you recommend looking into) would be greatly appreciated. We both have valid passports and are willing/able to travel to the States. We prefer sightseeing tours versus casino/shopping trips but, are open to just about anything at this point.
Thanks. :)
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Tour bus crash on I-10 in California kills at least 11

This is an automatic summary, original reduced by 75%.
Nearly a dozen people are dead after a tour bus and big rig collided on westbound Interstate 10 near Palm Springs on Sunday morning.
At least 25 bus passengers have been taken to Palm Springs area hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to major, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Another tow truck tried to pull the big rig forward, off the bus.
Around 7:30 a.m., California Highway Patrol officer Stephanie Hamilton said seven people were confirmed dead. By 9:30 a.m., the death toll had risen to 11, all of whom were traveling in the tour bus.
LOCAL HISTORY: 1991 Girl Scout bus crash on Tramway Road killed 7, still haunts survivors.
The tour bus belonged to USA Holiday, a Los Angeles-based tour company, and Hamilton said the driver was identified as one of its owners.
Summary Source | FAQ | Theory | Feedback | Top five keywords: bus#1 Los#2 hospital#3 people#4 Casino#5
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Guitars N Cars looking for vehicles for our US Vets Auto Show

Hello! I stepped in to help plan this year's event. I really want it to be the most successful year yet. Help me!
We would love to have more vehicle entries for our Guitars N Cars Auto Show on October 4th at the Sam Houston Race Park. Vehicle registration is $25.
The auto show is from 12-5. We will have live music, some great cars, trucks, and motorcycles, a motorcycle poker run, a Gibson Bus and a kids zone. We will have pedal car races, a Cy-Fair Fire Department fire truck, bounce houses, and a construction sand pit for the kids.
Adult auto show tickets are $10 and kids are $5 or free if you bring in a donated item. The Poker Run is $20 per driver and $10 per rider. Winner splits the earnings.
We are ending the night (6-10) with a VIP Benefit party. Hamilton Loomis will be playing through the night. There will be dinner, casino games, Fuller Guitar's best guitars on display, a silent auction, and a live auction. Tickets are $75.
If you are a camotorcycle/truck fan or just want to have a great time, will you take a look at our website & consider coming out? If this post sparks any interest, I can possibly set up a small redditor's discount! I really want this year to be successful. All proceeds go to the Houston US Vets program. Their Midtown Terrace facility currently houses and provides job and mental health counseling up to 500 in need veterans. Last year, we were able to complete a state of the art commercial kitchen. The facility had the space for a kitchen but not the means to build one. They were trucking in boxed meals from the food bank to feed 500 veterans daily. Now they are able to prepare fresh warm meals three times a day.
We are using this year's funds to purchase a transport van, cover the kitchen's operating costs, and to hopefully create a job training program utilizing the kitchen. We are also collecting donations to help alleviate some of their food and supply needs.
tl;dr - Guitars N Cars Auto show benefiting the US Vets -
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