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Sep 21, 2013 - Leg 1 Complete

The 1st leg of our Fall Escapade is done. We arrived home this afternoon for a round of doctor’s appointments before heading south later in the week. It was a beautiful fall week in Lancaster County. The temperatures were in the 70’s in the day and lots of sunshine. Cool evenings, but not so cool that you can’t sit outside until dark. Lancaster County is one of the most picturesque places in the country. My drive to and from the plant was through Amish farm country passing through places like Bird-In-Hand, Smoketown, and Ronks. There were...

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2013 Fall Escapade

Aug 25, 2013 - Safe Home

The last leg of the ride home always seems the longest. I was able to break it up by stopping in Baltimore to have lunch with Kyle and Annie. It was good to be able to spend some time with them and catch up a little. They are expecting a baby in December and Sue and I are excited to become grandparents for the first time. December is going to be a busy month for us with the arrival of the baby around Christmas and Shane getting married earlier in the month. Looks like Winnie will be parked for the month. Not many new roadside attractions on...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Detour

The trip has run into a slight detour. Sue called me on Monday to tell me that she needed to have surgery on Wednesday on her right eye to mend a detached retina. She seemed to be recovering well from the cataract surgery in June when she started to see some "floaters" and began losing vision in her right eye. She went to the surgeon who did the cataract surgery and found out that her retina had become detached. I flew home on Tuesday and we went to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for the surgery on Wednesday. I'm glad I still had some...

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May 5, 2013 - Revisiting the Lincoln Highway

We arrived home yesterday at about 6:30PM. By the time we unloaded Winnie and had something to eat (good old Philly cheese steak), we were beat and ready for bed, so the last chapter of the trip had to wait until tonight. Our route home followed the Lincoln Highway for most of the way and then a run through rural Lancaster County on a beautiful spring day. We traveled the Lincoln Highway in 2009 on our first long trip in Winnie. On the way west in 2009, we missed Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum. Ed has collected over 5,000 elephant related...

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Feb 22, 2013 - The Night Before

It's midnight and Winnie's not packed yet. It looks like it's going to be a late night. Sue is still packing her "NJ suitcases". She always tries to pack the whole house and all her clothes in 5 bags. It usually takes 2 or 3 days on the road before it all gets put away in Winnie. I hope we are not overweight! I sure hope we don't get any of the snow or ice that was predicted. It's only drizzling now. We're planning on leaving at about 1000 on Saturday. We'll see. We are supposed to meet Annie and Kyle for lunch in Baltimore before hitting...

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Dec 20, 2012 - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Happy Holidays everyone. Sue, Winnie, and I had a great 2012. It sure was eventful with Sue retiring from the Y, Kyle and Annie getting married at Big Springs Farm, and our escapade criscrossing America to arrive home to be greeted by Sandy. It wasn't without some sadness as Sue's dad passed on in May. We all miss him, but he's in a better place. Our Christmas card for 2012 was from Santa Claus, Indiana where we stayed at Lake Rudolph for a couple of days in August on the " 2012 Time for Work, Time for Play, and Time for Service" trek. What...

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2012 Christmas

Nov 10, 2012 - Pennsylvania Poconos

I took a different route through Pennsylvania than I did on the way up. It went a little further east and came down through the Poconos. I stopped at an interesting overlook outside of Towanda, PA. The sign told about a settlement called French Azilum. It was established in 1793 as a refuge for Frenchman fleeing the French Revolution. It was believed that Marie Antoinette was going to escape the mobs in France and settle there. We all know what happened to her. The settlement lasted until 1803 and was then abandoned. There are no original...

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Oct 31, 2012 - Happy Halloween

This is the wrap up for our trip. We traveled over 9,000 miles and used 1,200 gallons of gas. We visited 20 states over the 115 days we gone. The weather was hot and sunny about 95% of the time until we arrived home on October 29 to be greeted by Sandy. We were fortunate here in northern Delaware to escape the worst of the storm. We lost electricity on Monday evening so we moved back into Winnie for the duration. We had a small hurricane party with neighbors Ruth and Ray since we were the only ones in the neighborhood with electricity and...

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Oct 28, 2012 - We Beat Sandy Home

Winnie got us home before the brunt of the storm hit. When we left Smithfield, it was raining and the wind was just starting to pick-up, but by the time we got inland over near Richmond the rain had stopped and the roadway was dry. We stopped for dinner at my favorite BBQ joint in Woodbridge, VA. I stop at Dixie Bones every time we travel I95. It's the best. By the time we finished dinner, it was drizzling. As we traveled up I95, the weather turned worse with bands of rain and gusty wind. By the time we arrived home it was a steady rain....

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Oct 18, 2012 - On into Delaware

Then it was back on the road, for miles and miles, through the urban areas of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Those of us in the front of the bus especially appreciated Vince's driving. His skillful driving and good humor punctuated with an occasional wisecrack made the miles go by easily. As dusk came, Joy offered us a movie based on a true story set in Amish country, "The Stoning in Fulham County."

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Jul 3, 2012 - Prologue

Happy Independence Day! I hope every on enjoys the holiday tomorrow and takes time to remember why we celebrate. It's a good time to read the Declaration of Independence either to yourself or aloud. We will be. Today is the last day with the grand dogs, Leo and Ramona. Kyle and Annie are arriving home from their honeymoon tonight. We enjoyed having them for the last 3 weeks and will be sorry to see them go, but go they must because we'll be on the road on Friday for our annual journey. This year's theme, "Time to Work, Time to Play, Time to...

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May 23, 2012 - Turning a new page

After the sadness of Pop's passing a couple of weeks ago, we begin a happpier chapter in our tour of life with Sue's retirement from teaching. Her last day with the beloved "Orange Class" was on Thursday as the lastest crop of young minds graduated and move on to Kindergarden in the fall. Miss Sue has touched the lives of hundreds of kids for the better over more than 25 years of Tot Lot to Giant Step at Meadowwood School. Almost every time we go out we run into one of the kids she's taught over the years. Our first trip is to western...

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