Category Archives: Accessible travel

Google Maps wheelchair option

Looking up wheelchair-accessible directions to where you’re going? This really works. From Google Maps:

View routes by wheelchair in select major cities with Google Maps. Just input your destination into Maps, tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you will find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type.

They’ll be rolling out more locations. But I’ll keep using Google Maps Street View to case out curb cutouts, threshold steps and the like. Even after phoning first, there’s been way too many surprises.

Camp Adventure Tower, Denmark

From New Mobility, check out this 2,130-foot spiraling ramp that gives you 148 foot view atop the forest all around. Quick math in my head tells me that’s pretty much an 8 percent ADA grade. There is a 3,000-foot boardwalk leading through the forest to get you there. Award-winning, breathtaking.

(Mab says don’t stare at the picture too long or it starts moving!)

Visit campadventure.dk/en

Hoyer-friendly hotels: Comfort Inn, Stanton, Texas (West Texas)

Comfort Inn, 800 W. Interstate 20, Stanton, Texas, 432-756-1100, $135-172.

Very accessible Hoyer-friendly room in West Texas, a real stroke of luck because we were deposited here by tow truck. First the dude pulls us off a treacherous desert highway in 100°, free of charge (I told him, Who’da thunk our guardian angel has a bushy mustache?), but then he lets us off at a hotel where we were actually comfortable. There were only three in town to choose from. The cherry on the cake was that he set down the van in a disability space! From now on I’m going to have Dale pick all our hotels.

The room is called an ADA suite, but is a single newly updated and super-roomy space. The bed sits on a platform, but there is a pullout sofa bed that was good for the Hoyer. It is a little bit short for my 6 feet 2 inches but worked for me. I’ve got to point out too that I don’t have back problems and this thing was not the most supportive frame and mattress: my wife sat on one of the corners and almost fell through. Also, the pressed carpet was not easy rolling for the lift. But, bottom line, I slept soundly here and was ever so glad to get this room. It was the Garden of Eden after what we’d been through. They even gave us a room discount on the first night, owing to our circumstances.

Good-sized bathroom. The best cutout sink we’ve ever had: I could roll right underneath. Maneuvering around the sink to the toilet could be difficult with some Hoyer-type lifts. Standard bathtub with a bench. Probably not an issue for most, but the bathroom has a small speedbump type of entry.

Finally, the automatic doors at the hotel entrance were not recognizing me in my wheelchair. They adjusted them for me, but I still had to play around out there until they popped open.

Man do those air conditioners work! Maybe a little too much… But we weren’t complaining, not after being dragged off of a scorching desert road.

$30 gift card for Hotel info survey

From United Spinal Association:

Indiana University is conducting a survey to evaluate whether accessibility information provided by hotels are meeting the needs of people with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Study results will help commercial lodging facilities provide better accessibility info to guests with SCI. A $30 gift card (Amazon or Visa) will be sent to survey participants (people w/ SCI or caregivers). Contact the research team at travelx@indiana.edu or call 812-855-9037 for a link to the survey.

Accessible travel and camping links

Posted by a friend at MS Connection:

For those of you interested in accessible travel, I have found many great resources on Instagram and Facebook. There are hashtags specifically used for that purpose on Instagram. A couple that come to mind are #accessiblecamping #accessibletravel #accessiblefamilytravel and many variations of these names. There are also folks who maintain their own pages and if you just search by names like “accessible” and “travel”, you’ll find many different pages. The same thing on Facebook. I look at Accessible Family Travel and Accessible Travel Online but there are tons out there.

There’s a campground called Wilderness on Wheels in Colorado which has an Insta and Facebook page. I also read lately that Winnebago had recently come out with three accessible RV models. (Don’t think I want to see the price tag on those but the pics looked beautiful!). Safe travels everyone!!