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Nov 12, 2020 - Home for the Winter

We headed for home today after a wonderful week at the Delaware beaches (or at the shore for those of you from NJ). You couldn't have asked for better weather for November. I think I'm liking this global warming. We got a surprise visit from our son Jared on Sunday. He and Sue did a spin around the campground on the bikes after eating a lunch from Casapulla's subs. After a night of heavy rain, we drove north to Smyrna to drop Winnie at Parkview RV to get our propane service valve repaired. Before saying goodby, we had to unload the...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Sep 18, 2020 - Home Again

We ended the second leg of our 2020 Covid Cruise on Friday. Our route home took us north along US 15 and then east on US 30, the old Lincoln Highway. We arrived safely at the sticks and bricks by late afternoon. We got Winnie unpacked and settled in the house before dark. This trip lasted 25 days. The high point was visiting Grantsville, MD and seeing Finn and Ozzie for a week. We hadn't been able to see them since the before the COVID shutdown. Our first time visit to northeastern West Virginia was pleasant and left us wanting to visit...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Jul 6, 2020 - Home Again

Back home again after a short trip and all appears well in the house. No water in the basement. We had a nice visit with the family at Buttonwood and Independence Day in Gettysburg. Winnie did well on this trip. The AC worked the entire time which was good because it was so darn hot outside while driving. The only mishap on the trip was the 30-amp plug that supplies power to Winnie burned up on July 5. I guess the load was too much with the heat and both AC's running. Fortunately I had another plug that I could put on the power cable and we...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Mar 4, 2020 - Home Again

We got home yesterday, but by the time we got unpacked and I vacuumed the water on the basement floor I was too tired to write the final post for the trip. Our route home took us up US 17 and US 301 to try to avoid the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. The only problem area was through Waldorf, VA area that's pretty built up. We crossed the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the bridge at Annapolis. While crossing the bridge, the cross winds that were pretty strong and unrolled the awning. I had to slow down to around 30 MPH on...

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Feb 3, 2020 - Home

We were expecting to leave today, but I discovered on my trip to Ohio last week that my driver's license expired on my last birthday. I spent the week commuting to work near Columbus using Lyft. It wasn't too bad once I got the hang of scheduling with their app. I got to the DMV early today and was in and out in about 30 minutes. One thing I can say about Delaware DMV, they are pretty efficient. The only problem I had was when I asked for a Real ID (Homeland Security compliant ID) they couldn't issue it without my birth certificate, 3...

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Dec 23, 2019 - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Sue and I would like to wish all of our friends who follow our travels through this journal a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This has been a good year for us as we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with a surprise get together planned and executed by our family. Thanks to Jared, Shane and Jess, and Annie and Kyle and Traci for all the work to get the party together. We're home for the holidays and probably for most of the winter unless I can find an excuse to travel south as the weather gets colder. I'm hard at work planning our...

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2019 Holidays

Oct 25, 2019 - 2019 Anniversary Tour Final Leg

We left Hickory Hollow for the final leg of this trip and arrived home late in the afternoon. It’s now time to unload Winnie and get settled back in the sticks and bricks. It usually takes several days to get everything but the essential out so we’ll be working through the weekend on the transition. This was a relatively short trip as we were only gone for 41 days. During that time we traveled 2,652 miles not counting the drive from St. Louis to St. Paul or the return trip on the cruise. Winnie used 295.9 gal of gas for an average of 8.96...

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Aug 10, 2019 - Travels with Ringo

As most of you who follow our trip journal know Ringo was our cat who has traveled with us for the last 5 years or so. We had to make the tough decision last week to have him euthanized because of numerous cancerous tumors in his stomach. We’ll miss the guy. I thought I'd share some of the pictures of Ringo through our travels between 2014 and 2019. Sue got him from a shelter just before we left on our 2014 Great Circle Tour. That trip was memorable because our new cat disappeared in Alabama and didn’t show up again until Texas. He was gone...

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2019 Ringo

Jul 6, 2019 - Fireworks 2019

I couldn’t pass up sharing the fireworks at home in Newark on Thursday night. I climbed to the top of the town reservoir with a couple hundred people and waited for the sun to go down. The rim of the reservoir is one of the highest points in the area. The show was staged at the University of Delaware athletic complex abou a mile or so away. The reservoir was an ideal place to watch. The images are set to the Music to the Royal Fireworks by Handel. I posted it on YouTube because the file is too big to post here....

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Jul 4, 2019 - Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all of you who read our Trip Journal. This year we are celebrating Independence Day at home for the first time in the last 5 years and only the 4th time in the last 10 years. We've been privileged to be able to travel this great land and spend the 4th of July in some of the most iconic places in the country. Since there is no trip to talk about this year, I'm going to take a trip down memory lane to recall Independence Days past. I hope you enjoy the memories as much as I did looking over the photographic record....

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Jun 24, 2019 - Home Again

We packed up and headed home this morning. It was an uneventful, but uncomfortable trip. Since we had the fuse problems on the way to Buttonwood, I was waiting for the fuse to blow all the way home. It didn’t, thank God. I’m not sure what the problem is and thought it might be related to rough road conditions. We hit a lot of bumps, but Winnie kept going. I guess she’ll be headed back to the shop before we venture out again. Ringo was reluctant to get out of Winnie when we got home. We finally had to herd him into the bedroom and put him...

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2019 Family Meetup

Apr 18, 2019 - Home

No pictures today. We drove straight home from Chincoteague. Our first trip of the year was relatively trouble free. We had a slight hiccup while we were driving across the causeway to Chincoteague on Monday. Winnie's engine stopped so when there's no enine there's no power steering orpower brakes. Steering and braking are brute force, a scary feeling. Fortunately there was a parking pull off that I coasted into for a safe stop. I knew immediately what the problem was, a blown ECM fuse. When I opened the dash, sure enough the 20 amp fuse...

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