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Jan 5, 2016 - Plan A, Step 33.....

WOW!! Xmas seems an age away now....infact I think it was last year :P We had a quiet Boxing Day, packed our bags, early to bed...and very early to rise...on the road back to Port Charlotte on the 27th. We had a pretty smooth, uneventful trip on the intestate across the panhandle, down thru Tampa and just as we made the decision to turn off on Hwy 70 thru to Arcadia....the truck gave a few almighty lurches and grumbled loudly to a halt on the side of the road. Our first thought was a flat tire, but that was soon struck out and replaced...

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Oct 30, 2015 - Arriving in Style

After 16hrs tucked snugly in cattle class - we arrived in Dallas, Tx in beautiful sunshine, skipped thru customs and grabbed a cab to Gas Monkey Garage Bar where we enjoyed our first Bud Light on American soil in over a year. Richard Rawlins was not present but his burgers were a worthy snack after the disappointing food Qantas dished up. We stayed there for about 4 hrs and then returned to the airport for the final leg of this journey - arriving midnight in Tampa, FL. Our friend Danny showed up with his girlfriend in a mustang and no...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Sept. Tiffin Rally in Tenn.

Den and I scheduled this trip last winter... I thought we might see the fall colors this time of year. Not until the end of Oct they tell us. It has been sunny and in the 80s. The trip down started with a family reunion in Grand Rapids from Den's mom's side. He saw many relatives he hadn't seen in years, and I got to meet more of his family. It was a fun day. Next, we traveled down to the Mi/Indiana border to see Bill and Rita, whom we'd met last winter in the Florida Keys. That is a big part of motor-homing, making new friends. We had a...

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Apr 19, 2015 - End of our journey

We reached Michigan border April 15th, was good to see our "Pure Michigan" sign welcoming us back. We are lucky to reach a desireable tourist destination, after leaving the same. We enjoyed sunny weather from Kentucky on up. We stopped to see some new friends we met in the Keys, Bill and Rita. We enjoyed dinner together and then visited their "Big Barn" , and met the goats and the famous cow, then went to their lovely home on Lake George. Meeting new people is a big part of life on the road...prrobably our favorite part. Now that our first...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Last stretch

Well.... it's the last stretch of our winter away journey....somewhat sad, but necessary. I realized this was the first time in 46 yrs. I've been really free of obligations, no one I was respondsible to but Den or myself. Not to sound selfish, but it was wonderfully freeing. I recomend it to anyone who might have this dream! We are in a spectacular setting, if one appreciates the beauty of green pastures and beautiful horses. The Kentucky Horse Park campground is so spacious and clean. We are lucky to be here during Spring, as the trees are...

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Apr 7, 2015 - Ormond Beach, St. Augestine

After leaving Myakka Resort we traveled farther north to Ormond Beach to see a long time friend of mine, Sharon B. We liked the area immediately, it seemed a good size, clean, and easy to get around. We went to the ocean and I loved the moon on the waves... everyone should see the ocean in that light...unforgettable. It was great to see Sharon, her sister Charlene, and family. We were able to have a lot of laughs, good wine, yum dinners, and I had a good time helping her unpack dishes for her lovely new home in Ormond Beach. Den and I had a...

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Mar 31, 2015 - New faces & places

Well, we left The Keys behind...I think I will miss it more than Den. The absolute tropicalness of it spoke to me...but onward and upward, literally. We motored up to Naples staying at Silver Lake Rv & Golf Resort. We really liked the whole vibe, friendly people, active (pickle-ball, water aerobics, workout room, lots of biking and walkers, etc). There are 3 pools to choose from, lots of mature palms and tropical landscaping. Our spot was private and faced the golf course. Every dawn we were awakened by the lawn mowers, but also by a multi...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Majestic Dream is in the water

At noon, Brady came and loaded Majestic Dream up on the huge crane and put her in the water. They have a well where they load and unload boats. It is 8 ft deep and about 18 foot wide. The crane wheels go on either side of the well and lower the boat into the water. They stay hooked up on the boat while you go inside and make sure it isn't sinking before they unhook. Majestic Dream looked relieved to finally be back in the water. The first order of business is to check the engine, the generator and the air conditioner. The engine would...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Up the mast

The Majestic Dream was ahead of her time when she was built in 1981. She has in mast furling sails for the main sail and mizzen sail. The main sail is electric - push a button and the main sail goes out and push it again and it comes in... Very cool! The one issue with these type of mast is the wind makes them sing. It whistles very loudly when the wind hits these masts a certain way. It doesn't really bother me or Robert, but we didn't want the neighbors to complain so we put in "flute stoppers" when we put her on the hard last year. These...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Dinghy Work

I have to admit I have a love hate relationship (mostly hate) with our Kiwi dinghy. It is bulky and heavy and almost impossible to maneuver on the boat. It is stored on the top of the boat. When we put it back up on the hard last year, Robert and I manhandled the thing while we were still in the water - so it would only be 10 feet up off the deck instead of 15 feet - around wires and ropes and it was awful. I told Robert that I just wanted to poke holes in it and sink it. Turns out I shouldn't have talked so badly about the poor...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Preliminary Boat work & Marc Arrives

This RV park sits almost exactly in between the two places we will spend most of our time here. The Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage is where the boat is dry-docked. Fisherman's Village is in Punta Gorda where we will move the boat once it is in the water. We drove over to the boat at storage and took stock of what needed to be done and made tentative arrangements to put the boat in the water at the end part of the week. The propeller was covered in barnacles, so Robert used a sander to clean that off while I went to the grocery store for...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Port Charlotte at last

We arrived at Harbor Lakes RV Resort around 1pm. We got all set up on a HUGE site, approximately 60 ft wide and 80 ft long. After last night's cramped quarters, it is a huge relief. This park is an Encore resort and a Passport America park. Encore is affiliated with Coast to Coast, but we are only allowed to stay a week before we have to be out a week. SO... we reserved a week under coast to coast for $15 a night and then paid 1/2 of their daily rate for the second week. The third week we will stay under coast to coast again. We will be...

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