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Jun 24, 2018 - Sloss Furnace and Red Mountain Vulcan

We toured the Sloss Furnace which is a National Historic Landmark and one of the few remaining ironworks that have been preserved. Birmingham was deemed the Magic City because of it’s explosive growth in the 1880’s and was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. All the raw materials are right here in abundant supply: iron ore, limestone, coal, lumber and water. The complex includes a very nice visitor center including a video about Sloss and the development of Birmingham. Even though it was hot there was a little cloud...

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Jun 21, 2018 - Barber Motorsports museum

We toured the Barber Motorsport museum today. What a place. As the clouds were menacing we first took the bridge over the race track and were able to see the location of the Porsche driving school. Several drivers were on the course and we were able to hear them and see them as they went round and round the track. The Motorsport park has a 2.38 mile track with 16 turns and they offer 1-2-3 day driving courses. They also hold many other events during the year such as motorcycle and Indy car races. The museum had a short video that...

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Jun 20, 2018 - Mercedes Plant tour and Tannehill Ironworks

Today we took the factory tour at the only Mercedes plant in the US, they call it MBUSI (Mercedes Benz US Industries). The visitor center has an historical display of the Mercedes brand to include the first motorized car, carriage and motorcycle from the 1880’s. There are many of the early 1900’s models and current cars including racing cars as well. The 2018 650 car has recliners in the back seat so it’s really roomy. The tour was about 1 1/2 hours and was a walking narrated tour. The robots were very entertaining to watch - they come from...

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Jun 19, 2018 - American Village

We went to the American Villlage that is a complex with reenactors to reflect early American historical events. A great resource for school children and adults too. It was a less busy day with more reenactors than visitors. We did not see all the presentations as we arrived in the early afternoon, however were able to participate in the Stamp Act protest, learned about the stocks and pillar punishments, were given instruction on how to become a Revolutionary spy, checked out the Oval Office replica. We also learned how to tie knots so we...

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Jun 18, 2018 - Hoover AL

We are at the Hoover RV park, very nice, concrete lot with very few trees so we can get the Dish easily, have WIFI, the tower is right next to us so the signal is strong and service is fast. This is a really nice complex, there are baseball diamonds (5 are planned and 2 are here now. Inside the a/c Finley center are 11 basketball courts and 17 volleyball courts. Also a walking track - 5 times around is a mile. It has a soft surface and is a good place to walk to escape the heat and kids were practicing on the basketball courts so there was...

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Jun 15, 2010 - Summer 2010/To Alaska - Travel (Crystal Falls, MI)

Today was another travel day – but a much easier one. We have two days to cover 400 miles. However, we did not get on the road until 10:30 AM because Gary had to return the plumbing part, get the right size, and install it. As we moved through Michigan and Marty checked our progress via map and GPS, she discovered another one of the nice Michigan State Parks on our route and about 263 miles away. We reached Bewabic State Park in late afternoon and there were plenty of sites available. The layout of the campground is similar to Stephen...

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Jun 14, 2010 - Summer 2010/To Alaska - Travel (Caledonia, WI)

Today is another travel day. We have made several trips in this direction and there is little of interest that we want to spend time looking at so we have planned a semi-dash (i.e. continuous travel without stopping but at moderate speeds and for moderate time span). Again, we were on the road by 7:30 AM and this time, Marty even showered while parked at Wal-Mart. Around 9:30 AM, while traveling north on I57, a couple of cars passed us, honked, and pointed that we should pull over. Gary did and during his walk-around, discovered that the...

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Jun 13, 2010 - Summer 2010/To Alaska - Travel (Effingham, IL)

Today's schedule called for a travel day and it was. We got an early start – pulling out of the Hoover RV Park just before 7:30 AM. We were traveling a familiar route and stopped at the McDonalds at exit 310 in Cullman for breakfast. This is a great location as they have a huge truck parking area behind the restaurant. As Gary turned into the parking lot, the motor home lurched thru the storm sewer and one of the drawers under the dinette came slamming out and broke. Marty started the cleanup but finished it after breakfast. It looked as...

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Mar 30, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Travel Day/Hoover, AL

This was another travel day and on a route that we know pretty well. We got going early – 7:50 AM and made good time. We reached Tifton, GA around 10:00 AM and stopped at their Cracker Barrel for breakfast. As we travelled US82 West, we went by the sign for the Jimmy Carter Historical Site. We have passed this spot so many times and never have time to stop – so today we did. The tour included almost all of Plains, GA – the old Plains High School, Billy Carter’s gas station, the Jimmy Carter campaign headquarters in the old depot, and the...

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Mar 11, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Preparation/Hoover, AL

Before actually travelling, there were several tasks to complete on the motor home. First, since it was currently winterized, all the pipes needed checking and the water tanks needed cleaning and filling. Second, Gary wanted to install the new water-tank level probes. Third, Gary still had not installed the water-saver system. Finally, we needed other items such as diesel fuel and LP gas. Cleaning and filling the water tanks was not a problem – Gary just needed to allocate some time to the project. Installing the new probes was easy too,...

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Jan 4, 2010 - Auburn Football - Travel Day/Hoover, AL

We woke this morning to very cold weather (below freezing in south Florida). Even though it was early (before 7:30 AM), there was a lot of activity going on in the RV park. We soon found frozen water pipes – outside the motor home. Everyone else was wandering around trying to figure out what to do. We had filled our holding tank yesterday in anticipation of leaving in the morning so had no problems. We were able to get on the road early headed home. By 9:30 AM, we passed a McDonalds that advertised, “Busses welcome”. Figuring that if there...

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Nov 13, 2009 - Picking up our RV!

We flew to Birmingham, Alabama this morning to purchase our 2000 Monaco Windsor 38' Diesel Pusher RV Home!! We stayed overnight in the owner's driveway so we could go over everything with him the next morning, since this was our first time RV'ing. We left late Saturday morning to drive back to NJ. We stopped overnight in Virginia on Saturday and then Delaware on Sunday night to arrive back in Sicklerville, NJ on Monday morning! We were tired, but grinning from ear to ear!! It drives really nicely and handles very well! Better yet,...

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